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Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Science Fiction

A New York Times best seller: The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster film directed by J. J. Abrams.

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.

So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens.

©2015 Alan Dean Foster (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Great listen after watching the movie

Would you listen to Star Wars: The Force Awakens again? Why?

Of course, That's why I bought it and didn't rent lol.
I'm not a big fan of dramatized audiobooks, but this one walked the line perfectly. great sound effects when appropriate.
The movie had to cut some scenes that are included in the book, that's the main reason to read the book...or you can wait for the extended version of the movie on Disc (you know it's gonna happen).

What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Force Awakens to and why?

Most starwars books. It's good like that.

Which scene was your favorite?

...No spoilers

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

2 sittings, but honestly I walked around alot while listening.

Any additional comments?

It's worth the money, it's like watching the movie but without people in costume sitting next to you :)

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Listen to this AFTER you see the movie

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. A few scenes are extended and (of course) give more detail on the thoughts of the characters. But even better are the scenes that are included which were not included in the movie.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

No Spoilers.

Any additional comments?

Again... go see the movie before listening to this audio book.... but then after that, get this book and listen. Marc Thompson, as always, does an incredible job of really sucking you into the moment.

I have seen a review or two that claim this book adds nothing new if you've seen the movie and nothing could be further from the truth. Obviously there are no new twists that dramatically change things here, but it is in the subtle differences and additions that the book brings that will give you a bit more depth and insight not only to a number of the characters, but also to the overall story line.

The movie was good, but this book probably is even better.

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Adds a bit to the Movie

If you enjoy star wars you will enjoy this .However i would recommend watching the movie first as the emotions have more impact when seeing on the faces of the actors for the first time . The great part of this novelization is that it has all the bits from the movie plus extends quite a few scenes and dialog as well as contain some that were probably cut from the movie. No spoilers i promise one of the additional scenes has one of chewies coolest actions ever.

Narrator.
Marc Thompson is always good and for anyone who has heard his chewie voice don't worry a much better. voice has been dubbed in

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Even better than the movie.

Even better than the movie. Gives great insight on all key characters. Well worth the listen

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Abrams nailed it

fantastic story, brings back the OT feel. the book is definitely a great addition to the film. you discover things not stated in the film

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Excellent

What did you love best about Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Excellent production, very layered. Marc did a fantastic job. The sounds, from a laser to the atmosphere were absolutely engulfing

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The force is strong with this one

Interesting to see the differences between the book and the movie and how things evolved in the production and editing of the film

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Closes a few plot holes from the movie, but nothing new.

The book is written fine. The action sequences could be more descriptive. It help close a few plot holes you kinda just go with..but more than anything it reinforces how well the movie was edited. The book has some stuff that would have thrown of the pacing in the movie.

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  • 12-19-15

Just Wrong

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Yes if they stuck to what actually happened. This is a total fan fiction of the star wars universe. Its like a super fan purchased star wars and decided to rewrite. The books were so good why change it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Dean Foster again?

yes its not his fault.

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Marc Thompson is the man, He probably got confused himself while reading this.

What character would you cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Ben Solo. It should be Jacen.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for killing star wars.

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amazing. explained a lot of the movie faults

it explained a lot of the things that I tough that jj messed up. 10/10

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  • Daniel O'Connor
  • 12-21-15

Great story, terrible accents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend it to massive Star Wars geeks like me, obviously. Not sure how much others would really get out of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

I'd love to go into detail, but... spoilers.

How could the performance have been better?

The general narration was fine, and the background noises and special effects, as well as music taken from the first six soundtracks, added authenticity.The accents, though... Lord, the accents. I'm not sure if Marc Thompson has ever heard a British person speaking. Listening to Rey, my favourite character from the film, was actually quite painful. I kept hoping she'd stop talking and not keep sounding like a sulky cockney with weird vowels.And yes, obviously, Rey is not "British", nor are General Hux or Captain Phasma, but the actors who play them are (or in the case of Gleeson, doing an acceptable impersonation), and the narrator is *trying* to sound British. For someone who makes a living through narrating audiobooks, I think it's a little unprofessional to be this awful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yep. But I won't go into detail here!

Any additional comments?

I'm trying not to think too hard about the plot holes and hoping someone will wave their hand in front of my face and just say "These aren't the plot holes you're looking for."

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  • Andrew William
  • 12-20-15

For those who like to dig....

Having seen the film twice and then listening to this I can say I feel I have had loads of extra little treasures of story and character information. Time to start my second listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-20-15

True Star Wars

Fantastic return to the series, it really felt as if this was a universe I could return to and explore. The new characters are mostly great. Didn't like Fin much. Turned traitor then had no trouble killing his squad mates. Rey is an exciting protagonist with interesting mysteries not yet solved. Kylo Ren was a good villain even though he seemed a bit immature, Hopefully they will give his character more depth in the next two movies.When It was finished I sat backed and laughed. With the top quality narration and fantastic sound effects I can tell I will love the movie.

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  • Simon
  • 06-26-16

The Memory Re-Awakens

I still remember being sat in that 70s cinema as the opening moments of the original Star Wars played out in front of my awe-struck eyes. A moment never to be forgotten as an epic Sci-fi fairy tale adventure began. Of course some time later they came out with the next set of films and while they were beautifully shot and spectacular they somehow failed to capture the essence of the originals.

Fast-forward to 2015 and The Force Awakens, it's like time stood still and there it is the old Star Wars magic is back. Storm Troopers that couldn't hit a barn from the inside and many of the old characters back in the saddle. Hmmm, Ja Ja Binks or Chewie? Let me just think on that . . .

So, the audio book. Well, it tells the story, giving a few minor things away not obvious from the film. Marc Thompson does a suitably dramatic job aided and abetted by excellent effects from the film. Yes, his British accents aren't great but to me Star Wars isn't a place to let such things bother you.

A good few hours spent with old friends.

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  • R. Rogers
  • 12-29-15

Dick van dyke eat your heart out!

Great story - but horrendously bad English accent for the female lead makes it unlistenable too. Just waiting for dick van dyke and a loaf of chimney sweeps to appear!

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  • Alan Elliott
  • 12-24-15

Fills narrative gaps in the movie nicely.

There are some key scenes that were clearly cut from the movie which leave open questions. The new setup as Disney and Lucasfilm makes this book the first, and only, canon novelisation of a Star Wars movie.

This essentially means that whatever happens in the book is assumed to have happened in the movie canon too. This becomes very interesting when you go through the book and pick up on some of those gap filling narratives I mentioned.

The story itself is an echo of the events portrayed in the original Star Wars trilogy but with new characters slotted into old familiar roles and some variance in the traits of those archetypal characters. It can always get better but considering the burden of revitalisation on this story and the required palate cleansing combined with satisfying existing fans and new fans alike the job has been done very well.

Avid fans who compare the movie experience to this book will easily notice the additional scenes, extended scenes and dialogue lines that would have enhanced the movie and answered some questions e.g.

- Are Han and Leia married, divorced, separated, estranged?
- Does Kylo Ren know Rey from events prior to this story?
- How did Poe Dameron escape the TIE fighter crash?

This audiobook is a must have for any fan, old and new alike, of Star Wars that wants more depth from the story while waiting 18 months for the next cinematic chapter.

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  • marc
  • 12-23-15

great

amazing audio book , filled in some gaps from the movie. loved it. top stuff

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  • Laura
  • 12-22-15

essential for star wars fans

amazing novelisation, simple to understand with a number of extra or expanded scenes which clear up a few questions brought about by the film. The narration on this is BRILLIANT. I can't believe its just one guy doing all the voices. His Han Solo and Snoke are excellent, and his C3PO sounds almost better than the real thing. Pure joy. Loved it.

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  • mark
  • 01-23-16

Star Wars the next generation

Did not live up to expectation. Predictable rewrite of the original but lacking depth and intrigue. All in all pretty superficial

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  • JOHN
  • 12-23-15

weak force

""While the other forces hold things together, the weak force plays a greater role in things falling apart, or decaying.""

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  • Brendon
  • 02-25-16

Perfect!

Not one fault. Adds much more depth to movie story. The end seems a little rushed and more depth required by some other parts but will have to wait for ep8 for explanations. Otherwise this is Perfect! Ill listen again and again and again

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  • clayton
  • 12-29-15

Star Wars the Force Awakens

Loved it, well written and well read. Worthy of being the beginning story .

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  • Jas P
  • 01-29-16

Star Wars at its best, brilliant effects

Star Wars has returned, and not with cheap gimmicks or stupid characters, but with a classic story line, favourite characters and new ones, and the magic that we all know and love.
Having seen the movie, I wanted to read the book to see what it was like, how much different it was, was there any little extra's that are sometimes in the book.
I remember reading Return of the Jedi as a kid and loving the fact that there was all these little extras hidden away. And with Alan Dean Foster writing the book, how can you go wrong.
And so I grabbed the audiobook, and I was not disappointed.
Marc Thompson's Narration is wonderful, with a great range of voices (His Kylo Ren is awesome!) and he has such incredible enthusiasm for his reading. Foster has been very true to the script of the film, and I guess that to some extent this is a partial review of the film?
I loved this story, it was a return to the original classic Star Wars that we loved from the original saga, and it was back in all its glory.
I was so happy from the opening scene when the Star Destroyer glides over the planet - and I knew that Abrams was going to do justice by the story. Foster has just followed the script.
However, as you hope with all the adaptions, there are little extra's, whether these are deleted scenes or bits in the script that Foster has added in, or just poetic licence, regardless, they add so much extra to the story, and make it worth the read.
Another great thing about this audiobook is the effort that has gone into its production. Not only has Marc Thompson done a great job on the narration, there is the exceptional soundtrack that goes with it. Right the way through the story, there is a musical soundtrack, but there is also special effects (such as lightsabers, blasters, explosions, ship sounds etc)
I had not expected this at all, and it gave the audiobook a whole new depth. I was concerned that maybe it was going to detract from the book a few times, but it certainly didn't, making the book that much more exceptional.
There is really nothing bad that can be said about this book, brilliant narration, superb special effects, fantastic story, what more could you want?
If you love Star Wars, if you have or haven't seen the movie, this is worth the read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-22

Esentially the movie

Esentially the movie. Adds nothing new and no further insights. Not worth buying or reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-18

A brilliantly recap

The audiobook did not disappoint it made the hours fly by in its entirety, the sound effects and the voices utilised by the narrator were fantastic. If you enjoyed the film you’ll love this adaptation.

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  • GoosFraaba
  • 12-11-17

masterful performance

Marc Thompson should be as synonymous with SW audiobooks as Lucas is with the movies. there really is no substitute for his brilliant performance. It's like listening to the movie with your eyes closed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-23-17

Wonderful performance

Fantastic performance by Marc Thompson and valiant attempt at patching glaring plot hole from the movie by Alan Dean Foster.

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  • marcus
  • 04-24-17

loved it

a fine audiobook indeed, which adds a little bit more info to the story. a great companion to the movie

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  • Sam
  • 03-01-17

it was awesome

awesome. I loved it. it was amazing and wonderful. I recommend it to lots of ages.

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  • Catherine
  • 07-29-16

LOVED IT

wow gives you so much more than the movie did definitely gonna have to listen again