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William Shakespeare's Star Wars Audiobook

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the audiobook you're looking for.

©2013 Ian Doescher (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Consona 05-03-17
    Consona 05-03-17 Member Since 2015

    ... a researcher; reading/listening to any book genre, when I can find the time to do so ... ... mainly between 11 pm and 1 am.

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    "Excellent except for Luke's whining voice."

    Well the story is what it excellent; and overall it's a great listen.
    All except for Luke's voice ...

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    Saxb4b3 01-15-16
    Saxb4b3 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great adaptation"

    love love love the adaption. I own all the books and enjoy the audio version - voice actors are mostly spot on, with one caveat for me; I'm not a huge fan of the man playing han solo....he over emphasized the drawl and it ends up making him sound corny. others may not share my opinion, so overall I say it's definitely worth buying!

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    Ja Za 08-02-15
    Ja Za 08-02-15
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    "Refreshing new twist on a classic!"
    Would you listen to William Shakespeare's Star Wars again? Why?

    The ensemble cast did a fantastic job. Some of these voice actors sound very close to the actors from the films (the one who played Luke Skywalker in particular). But they don't content themselves with imitation. They deliver the lines in a very evocative way, and when you hear John Williams' score at the key points, you will be sold.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First of all, Ian Doescher is an amazingly talented man for being able to recreate Elizabethan verse so effectively. He should be applauded simply for being able to rework the movies into so many lines of iambic pentameter. But when you hear characters who were mute in the original films proclaim multiple lines of clever soliloquy or when you recognize allusions to other Shakespearean plays or even Star Trek (!) you will be even more impressed that he was able to pack so much more in while staying faithful to the original.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Fun with a Capital S"

    I saw this title on the bookshelf of a local retailer and I had to stop, flick it and that was it; hooked! This very cleverly put together piece of foolery is a seriously entertaining one that made me laugh over and over again. Between my daughter and I we had a scream reading out lines to each other!
    Then I saw it for sale in the Series promotion a few months back and it was too good a chance to pass-up.
    My impulse buy has rewarded me with many hours of entertainment, been a great conversation starter or stimulator and got us all revved-up for the release of Episode VII.
    The cast is excellent and the iambic pentameter is to die for (and many of Red Leader's squadron have done just that).
    The Afterword, read by Ian Doescher, the diligent mad genius behind this series, is enlightening too; educative and entertaining, what more can a boy ask for!
    Great value entertainment for anyone who loves the Bard, that Galaxy Far, Far Away and doesn't take all the S stuff too seriously.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Nalcrest, Florida United States 03-26-15
    Bill Nalcrest, Florida United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "better than the original!!!"

    Because every scene in the movie is so familiar, listening to the "Bard's" take was delightful. I have been an Audible subscriber for years and do not believe I have enjoyed any listening experience as much as this one. At the start a smile came to my lips and never left.

    Highly recommend.

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    Vicki Southerland 03-21-15

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    "Two thumbs up!"

    The narrations were wonderful! Loved the characters soliloquies, even for R2D2! The final battle was Well Done, you could see the actors on the stage

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    Momma Mia Washington State 03-19-15
    Momma Mia Washington State 03-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Hahahahahahaha!!!!!"

    Ingenious, perfect, wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable, hilarious, downright absurd, godawful in the best way, delightful, ummm... Need I say any more?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Antionette 02-23-15
    Antionette 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Entertainment"

    It was nice to hear my favorite movie spoken in ole Shakespearian. Great job. I look forward to follow up stories.

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    TempestChaser Michigan 02-19-15
    TempestChaser Michigan 02-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great take on Star Wars"

    A true treat to listen to as you can almost see the play in your head. Expertly narrated by a brilliant cast.

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    Alan Myers 02-17-15
    Alan Myers 02-17-15
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    "A lot of fun!"

    This was my first audiobook ever, and wow, did it upset my prejudices against what the format was and could do. The voice acting was incredible, and not only made the play come alive, but actually sounded really close to the film's original cast. I had to double check to make sure they weren't. The writing itself was incredible as well. It's an amazing piece of work, blending together two worlds I never thought would meet.
    (Also, "exeunt stormtroopers" is my favorite stage direction ever)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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