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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

National Public Radio's 1981 adaptation of Star Wars was one of the most successful presentations in the history of radio: and a very tough act to follow. Nevertheless, two years later, the members of the Star Wars production team eagerly returned to create a radio version of The Empire Strikes Back.

Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

Don't miss the NPR dramatizations of Star Wars and Return of the Jedi.

© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12
    Ellen Anthony Wyoming 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent!"

    The performance is great and the story more detailed than the movie. Loved these when I got hold of them on cassette back in the early 80s. Am glad to have the complete production now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-20-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2016

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "great production"

    terrific again, love the extra dialogue of the characters, vader is more evil in these versions rather than seeing the movies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 08-26-16
    The Kindler 08-26-16 Member Since 2014

    Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.

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    "Star Wars V"

    Great additions to the story and the characters. It actors are extraordinary. Luke is intensifying his training and has to overcome the hurtles that come before him. The story is in constant motion and ended too quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Thomas Midwest 04-30-16
    J. Thomas Midwest 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Starring: Cookie Monster as Yoda"

    I love the story. It added a lot to the movie but John Lithgow. Dude. Buddy. Why did you choose to do Yoda as Cookie Monster? I couldn't stop laughing. It sounded ridiculous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Natick, Morocco 05-02-15
    Craig Natick, Morocco 05-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good dramatization with extras"

    Converting a visual story to a radio play is tough. Action needs to be described by somebody in the scene. They worked it in creative ways and skipped describing things that didn't matter. I really enjoyed the enhanced scenes that weren't in the original, almost like getting the deleted scenes put back.
    TIP: If listening on an iPhone, remember double clicking your earbuds will get to the next chapter (helpful to skip the credits on each episode). MAY THE FOuRth would be a nice day to enjoy it all over!

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    Amazon Customer 03-22-09
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    "Fantastic production"

    This was a fantastic production and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The cast and special effects are superb.

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    Tony Gallegos 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great"

    great story of heros verus villain. agreat addition to the film and Star Wars audiobooks.

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    Stephen Humeston 01-30-17
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    "Not as interesting as their adaptation of A New Hope"

    This adaptation continues the story from the New Hope radio drama. For the most part, it keeps all the flaws of the first and looses all the virtues likewise. Where the first adaptation was awkwardly melodramatic, it at least added more backstory and scenes to further develop the characters in ways the film didn't. This episode just includes the events of the Empire Strikes Back, making it less divergent but also less satisfying.

    If you want to hear the whole cycle, then by all means purchase all three, and hopefully it will finish stronger, but this episode is *not* recommended for one-off purchase or listening

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    E. Carr 01-15-17
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    "A historic recording, a MUST for all SW fans"

    I remember listening to this as a kid over the radio, and was happy to buy this on audible to relive the fun presentation. With great actors(Hamill etc.) and Lucasfilm's work on the sound, this is the most entertaining audio presentation of Star Wars I've heard(and I've heard a lot). They do a great job of acting, not just reading an audiobook. It's an important a piece of history too fun to pass up.

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    Sarah 01-04-17
    Sarah 01-04-17
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    "only one complaint"

    before and after every chapter the reader told about each character and actor, it was boring.

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  • M. Tucknott
    10/18/15
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    "one major flaw"

    shame the recording is still split into episodes so we have credits, intros and recaps every 30mins rather than one long cinematic recording of awesomeness.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie and Duncan
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    11/8/11
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    "Excellent and Highly Recommended!"

    We got this after enjoying the first audio book in the series (Star Wars) and couldn't be happier with getting the next in the series. It wasn't long after purchase that we started listening and before we knew it we had listened to it all.

    Its an excellent story and done very well for audio listeners, with great narrators and its great having different narrators for each character as its makes it a very enjoyable listen. You get into the story really well and if you gave seen the films (the original ones) then you even start to imagine scenes from the film.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and cannot wait to get the next in the series. Highly recommended to all and I know this will be listened to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Grant
    9/24/11
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    "Another jewel in the Star Wars crown"

    Before you listen to The Empire Strikes Back, listen the Star Wars.

    The advice isn't isn't based on potential plot confusion but it will help to embed the voices, style and feel of the production which is strangely familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time.

    Again, the performances are strong and the additional scenes are a intriguing for those that are fans of the film.

    Once again, Perry King's performance of Han Solo is as good as Harrison Fords.

    It's lovely, enjoy it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. W. D. Pratt
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    12/10/16
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    "another epic adventure"

    I think I prefer these to the actual films there appears to be more indepth story telling although the action scenes lack the visual element and could do with a narrator.

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  • Diane
    Hannover, Germany
    10/16/16
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    "Immersion"

    This audio drama version is great for a lengthy immersion in the world of Star Wars. The production is great, the actors do a great job. The writing is such that you don't miss the visual aspect, although, I'd recommend having watched the movies first (but who hasn't?!?).

    The only down side is that they didn't remove the credits at the end of each episode and they take up a good 5 minutes each half hour! It would've been fine to trim the credits from the episodes and run a long one at the end, most of what you hear is the same thing each time any way.

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  • Yankel
    10/16/15
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    "Listen to this book: It is your DESTINY!!"

    So gkad Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams came beack fir thus.. and John Lithgow's Yoda is impressive too! supporting cast well chosen and John Williams' majestic score! Extra background brings further understanding to the saga. Thank the Maker! as 'Threepio would say..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Preston
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    7/16/15
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    "good but so much time on credits"

    I won't go into the story as you should know it already. Performances are good and you get used to the ones different to the films pretty quickly. What I will say is there is about 1 minute before each episode of music and credits and nearly 4 minutes after some episodes! Make use of the skip buttons to avoid them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    5/15/15
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    "Great story telling"

    Great just like being back a kid at the cinema
    Can't fault the reading or acting highly recommend this audio book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    12/23/12
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    "Another fantastic production"

    Has the same high quality production as the original and because of the increased length of running enables them to add in some small sub parts that make some parts of the film make more sense.

    Highly recommended if you are a fan of the films (& most would say this was the best film of the original 3)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • justin doyle
    7/27/16
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    "Better than watching the movie!"

    It's like having the ultimate director's cut of the film. Absolutely brilliant! I always find Darth Vader in these radio dramas to be particularly entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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