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Secrets of the Force

By: Edward Gross,Mark A. Altman
Narrated by: Dan Bittner,Mark A. Altman - introduction,Natalie Naudus,Natasha Soudek,Sean Patrick Hopkins
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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an introduction read by Mark A. Altman

From the authors of The Fifty-Year Mission and So Say We All, comes the first and only comprehensive oral history of the Star Wars movie franchise.

For the past four decades, no film saga has touched the world in the way that Star Wars has, capturing the imaginations of filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Now, for the first time ever, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman, the best-selling authors of The Fifty-Year Mission, are telling the entire story of this blockbuster franchise from the very beginning in a single exhaustive volume. Featuring the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film historians, toy experts and many more, Secrets of the Force, will reveal all in Altman and Gross’s critically acclaimed oral history format from the birth of the original film through the latest sequels and the new televisions series.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Not what I hoped

Very disappointed, did not receive what I hoped for. disillusioned by this. no pass

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Here in this massive tome you’ll find everything you need to know about Star Wars.

•I went into this knowing it was an oral history so the fact that it was mostly compiled of interviews and excerpts from books and such didn’t bother me. But if you go in thinking it’s a “story”, you’ll be disappointed.

•If you’ve already read George Lucas: A Life (I have and so should you, it’s fantastic), a lot of this is repetitive. While the authors certainly take interviews with a ton of people involved in the span of the Star Wars Timeline, it relies heavily on Brian Jones’ book.

•The authors have very few positive things to say once the original three movies are discussed. It’s pretty obvious that they think the only thing possibly worse than the prequels were the sequels. The seem to fanboy over Rian Wilson, while throwing some serious shade at JJ Abrams. There seem to be a lot of hurt feelings on the part of the authors over Disney’s take over of their beloved movies.

•The narration was great, loved the variety of voices which made it possible to distinguish who was the focus of the interview.

•I’m extremely glad I listened to the audio of this book as I don’t think I would be able to handle 600 pages.

•As a Star Wars fan, I found it a good and informative read, entertainment value was a little stiff, and it was very, very repetitive.

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Star Wars full secret.

If you're looking to achieve the Mount Everest badge this is the book for you. But if you what the full history of Star Wars from live action to the animation to television listen to these story.

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In a galaxy far far away…

This book It’s very long. Some thing I wish I really never got into but had to get to the end. Very glad that I did so that I could say that I finished it. Thank God it was an audible book and that’s something that I had to read. I had to put the book down probably within 20 pages in if I was actually reading it. It’s packed full of minutia about making of every Star Wars movie from 1977 to 2019. Lots of information that a typical fan would not really be interested in. The book is definitely for the fanatic. Lots of names I didn’t recognize or even cared about. It’s really not a written book per se. The book is actually made up of a bunch of interviews from the last 50 years. If you want to learn more about the Star Wars saga in the making of it I would definitely read more books about George Lucas than anything else.

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This Is The Book You’re Looking For

This book is way better than expected. It is very thorough and well researched. I bought it mainly to read about the movies I love (Star Wars and ESB) but I found the stories about the episodes I don’t love (the majority of the others tbh) to be almost equally as interesting. Some of the imitations of the interviewees was a little distracting but that’s minor. If you want to deep dive in the franchise, I recommend this book and A Secret History of Star Wars. Both are great!

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Putting today's political BS ruined it!

I don't want to hear somebody's political views in a book about Star Wars that's what this author did in this made me not ever want listen to it again.

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no story

luckily I got this "book" with a free credit very boring worst book in my audible library

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24 hrs of reviews

I wanted Star Wars content, not people talking about the history of the film industry when Star Wars came out...

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Excellent history of Star Wars!

I have thoroughly and completely enjoyed this audiobook. Through the years I have read or listened to several histories of the Star Wars saga. This includes biographies, autobiographies, authorized (and unauthorized) histories, and "making of" books. That said, there were several gems in "Secrets of the Force" that make it well worth the listen/read. Indeed, there is so much information that this will likely be a book I go back and listen to (either parts or maybe the entire thing). There is so much great material that it sometimes feels like trying to drink from the proverbial firehose.

The organization of the book is terrific and makes complete sense. The authors have mined interviews and histories from a variety of sources and pulled them together to give the listener what feels like a true behind the scenes look at one of the most iconic film series in the history of cinema. The interviews and histories are drawn from cast, crew, producers, directors, film buffs and critics, podcasters, and others. There are both positive and negative comments on a wide variety of topics. The information not only includes the Lucas-involved films (originals and prequels), but also the sequels and beyond. There is even a section of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

The cast of readers is great, too. The producers of the audiobook have different readers represent different contributors. For instance, sources that are women are performed by women. Sources that are Scottish or American are performed by Scots and Americans, respectively.

I truly enjoyed this book and found it incredibly entertaining and informative. I hope you do, too.

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  • Andy
  • 02-16-22

Interesting and annoying

I found most of this interesting and some stuff I’d not heard before.
Unfortunately some of the voices decided to audition and were very annoying and grating. Please, just read.

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  • chris dodd
  • 08-28-21

Excellent

Fascinating audiobook that explores the creation of the Skywalker Saga, including the Original, Prequel and Sequel trilogy. It covers everything, including casting, writing, post production etc and also has an in depth look at the characters and plot. The audiobook even covers shows such as The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars. Excellent performances from the narrators and great flow to the audiobook. Would definitely recommend!!