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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captures the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins, the start of a legend, the story of Star Wars. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.
©2000 Terry Brooks (P)1999 Lucasfilm LTD. & TM.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Better than the movie

Much like with Episode II, Lucas trimmed down a LOT of the story for "pacing" reasons when he made the final cut of Episode I. Unfortunately, those things would have added quite a bit to the story. In addition, Lucas has many movie-making skills, but writing dialogue and directing are NOT two of them.

Fortunately, all three of those issues are fixed in the novelizations for Episodes I and II. If you're interested in Star Wars enough to even be reading this review right now, you'll probably enjoy the book. It was much better than the movie, and there's quite a bit of content that didn't exist in the film.

63 of 68 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

More Insight

Like all books, the big advantage over the movie is the additional insight that you get. While the action does closely mirror the movie the book lets you get inside the minds of the main characters and understand them better. They also discuss the history of the Jedi and Sith, which is not discussed in the movie. There are also a number of scenes that didn't make it into the movie. I could have done without the sound effects though. They add nothing.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Pretty Good

I'm a 13 year old girl that doesn't know anything about Star Wars but wanted to know more about it so I picked up this book. The story was amazing and kept my interest the entire way though. It was a bit slow getting to the main point in the story but the overall book was good. This book gave me a greater understanding of what Star Wars is about and that it's more then just a science fiction novel. I hope my review helped.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin
  • Huntington Beach, CA, USA
  • 06-15-05

Well written, but cheesy sound effects

It would have been better had they not used sound effects; while some of them are actual Star Wars sound effects, some clearly are not (including a really cheesy motorcycle sound effect for Annakin's speeder). That aside, the narration was quite good.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 08-08-17

Faithful Film Adaptation

While I am familiar with the story of the Phantom Menace, the novel did include enough details and additional scenes to make it interesting. Author Brooks did an admiral job describing the details. He even made the pod racing interesting, despite being my least favorite screen in the film. I read/listened to this book using immersion reading. The audio book did not feature either Marc Thompson or Jonathan Davis. It featured a new voice, Alexander Adams. Adams approached these from a more traditional, straight forward approach, reading the text and doing a few character voices. His Jar Jar was quite good and the narration was pleasant. Not much in the way of extra scenes, but the book does include a mini interview with the author and a great short story from James Luceno about Maul and a timeline of Star Wars books along with samples from books in different eras.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It's pal-puh-TEEN.

If you can get past the presence of Jar jar Binks and the narrator pronouncing Palpatine wrong every...single...time he says it, then you should thoroughly enjoy this title. Fills in some back story that was left on the cutting room floor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Story. Action, suspense, and humor.

My family loves this series. We started out with the original Star Wars trilogy in audio which is great also.
After having heard the narrator read several westerns and Huckleberry Finn it took a little bit to accept his voice for sic-fi but he does a great job.
Some have complained about the sound effects. My family thinks they were great.
These stories are clean and kid friendly.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarai
  • Belton, MO, USA
  • 06-03-08

WOW

If you liked the movies and just want more information on the story this is a must read. I though that it was a great book. The sound effects and voices made the story that more fun to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awesome story.... Star Wars begins.....

If you could sum up Star Wars Episode I in three words, what would they be?

Awesome Epic Adventures !!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars Episode I?

Anakin over coming some of his fears, with the Force that is inside him !! And meeting Yoda and other characters !

Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favorite?

Binks ! One never knew what Jar Ja would do, next ! Amazing character !

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I knew I was not setting, in one session and listen to this all the way through. A lot of information to absorb.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Star Wars I

Alright so I know that this gets lots of negativity but I really enjoy this book. The story is enjoyable and the extra scenes allow the listener to better understand some of the characters and their motivations. It does get slow for people who don't like politics but those were just fine for me...I guess I am kind of weird that way but they were intriguing because of the war of words instead of Lightsabers and blasters. Good story and very memorable characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful