Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

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Publisher's Summary

The galaxy is at war.

Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen - the Death Star. The rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....

Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.

©2015 Alexandra Bracken (P)2015 Listening Library

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Interesting; Lacking

Although the new perspective's engaging, it lacks elements necessary to the original tale. Bit disappointed...

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Over Performed and Underwhelming

Taking the grace out of the main female character (Princess Leia), trying to turn her into a "young girls anthem" for a strong character, continually overshadowed and muted the entire story. A story which is now decades old. By doing this, the simplistic story about friendship, courage, fear, overcoming fear, and sacrifice, was now reduced to internal monologues. For example, when the Princess planned to escape the Death Star single handedly. This continual theme forced the listener to never really connect with the characters. The emotional struggle was never present, which made the character development two dimensional and never really moved anywhere. A Jar Jar Binks comparison could be made but I think I have stated my opinion enough.

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did not realize this was an abridged retelling

I assumed this retelling was going to provide more detail and fill some of the gaps of the original. Instead, I got a reordered, abridged version. I didn't care for it at all.

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fun cheesey fest, good for kids

What did you like best about Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy? What did you like least?

scoundrel part was enjoyable, but the conclusion was too cheesey.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Leia's characterization was disappointing. while she seemed like an interesting character she didn't seem right.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performers did a good job. during the first part the female performer needed more vocal variation to distinguish between narration and Leia's dialogue.
The best parts were when there was interaction between characters.

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GREAT retelling of the original story

What did you like best about this story?

The new focus. The story follows, as the title says, the Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. The story of Luke on the farm, and Ben Kenobi is glossed a bit over, or told in memories of the character and similar. The fight between Ben and Vader is seen trough Luke's eyes, and so a bit different. But all in all, the story keeps it's core and the small bits the author chose to add from her fantasy are great additions that feel natural, and even sometimes add to your appreciation and understanding of the characters

Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson and Rebecca Soler ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Marc Thompson is the best Star Wars narrator out there. There is no comparing. He could have done the female voices as well, but Rebecca Soler delivers a great performance as well!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I got a bit teary eyed at some points, the author has added small thoughts to the character in key moments that feel natural, and adding something for both new and old listeners.

Any additional comments?

The only negative I could say is that This book is actually TOO good! I'll explain;

ANH made me instantly want to move on to ESB and ROTJ. However, they are written by two other authors in a VERY, VERY different way. and unfortunately, that killed it for me. it's almost like this book was written for new and old fans, while the other two are written for a younger audience, and as a first-time introductions for kids not familiar with the story.

My advice would be listen to this, then listen to the samples from the ESB and ROTJ and judge for yourself.

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20$ for 5 hours...

too pricy for the content. its already painful forking over 20+$ for a 13 hour book. this was 5.

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Very happy about this audiobook

Being a huge nerd, I love Star Wars and have since the first time I ever saw it. After reading this in the synopsis, "Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you've never experienced before", I had to know more.

So here I am left with a dilemma, how does one write a review of one of the most iconic and influential, at least to me, stories of all time? Answer is I wouldn't even try.

What I will do is tell you about how I felt listening to a familiar, yet new, version of the classic.

The book was broken up into three aptly named parts that didn't overlap. The Princess part was told from the point of view of Princess Lia. Starting with her ship being boarded by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. To being held captive and tortured by Vader and the interrogation droid and the destruction of her home world Alderaan. The next part was The Scoundrel. Told from the point of view of Han Solo. Picking up in the cantina in Mos Eisley. Moving through his meeting of Obi Wan and Luke to the infiltration of the Death Star and ultimately the death of Obi Wan. The final part was The Farm Boy. Taking us through the escape of the Death Star to it's ultimate destruction.

I am very happy that Alexandra Bracken didn't try to reinvent anything. She simply added the thoughts and insights from each of the parts main characters. While also filling in some story that was not explicitly mentioned in the original. For example, she told us of Lea's backstory of being on the senate, we get to find out that Han Solo isn't quite as two dimensional as many think he is, and that like had to go through trials before being allowed to fly an X-Wing with the rebels.

If you are a Star Wars fan and are open to story that you know, yet you only know the surface. You should really check Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy out. You just might be pleasantly surprised as I was.

Marc Thompson's performance was absolutely uncanny, flamboyant and extraordinary. Somehow he has figured out a way to almost flawlessly mimic all of the characters of Star Wars that we know and love. Simply said he nailed it! He performed all of the male roles throughout the story and was the primary narrator for the final two parts. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job too. She performed all of the female dialog in the audiobook and was the primary for the first part. I cannot think of any other voice actors that could have pulled off as much magic as these two.

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Acceptable if you're not into the lore

What would have made Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy better?

More attention to the Star Wars Universe and understanding how the force works, and the fact that Leia should not be able to dupe Vader with the force during an interrogation without him saying, "Hey! wait a minute, she just used the force to repel my Dark Side mind probe.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandra Bracken again?

Maybe

What aspect of Marc Thompson and Rebecca Soler ’s performance would you have changed?

Marc Thompson did a fine job, after an hour of Rebecca Soler I was begging for Marc to come back, but that is mainly because Leia comes across as whiny, and over-emotional in the bad sense.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Marc Thompson

Any additional comments?

This is the first audio book that I had to quit out of frustration. An hour was dedicated to Leia getting captured, an hour! I finally quit when Leia uses the force to wrap herself in a warm blanket that the Dark side could not penetrate. The author is trying to tell me that Vader was just like, " oh well she fought off me and the interrogation droids attempts to get information, nothing to see here." I had to turn it off, and quickly jump into Plagueis to shake my bad mood.

If you're a Star Wars fan you will enjoy this. If you're a Star Wars geek you will love this.

If you can recite the Sith code or Jedi Code from memory and explain how to apply it to everyday life, this book will annoy you to no end.

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don't waste ur tome or money.

this book was so disappointing. unlike other novelizations of Star wars movies this book offers nothing else that you didn't see in the movie. and in fact it is so abridged compared to the movie that it skips more than half of what goes on.

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Not what I wanted

Not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for the original story not enough time on Tatooine

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