Fifteen years after National Public Radio's wildly successful adaptation of Star Wars, and 13 years after The Empire Strikes Back, the trilogy hurtled to its long-awaited thrilling conclusion with Return of the Jedi.
Like its predecessors, this electrifying drama boasts a splendid cast (including Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt), a greatly expanded script, with many scenes and characters not found in the movie, and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence.
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I loved the National Public Radio productions of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes back - they really did engage with me as a listener and enhance the well known story into something fresh.
Return of the Jedi is almost there but not quite.
There are some great performances from the returning actors, Perry King as Han Solo, Ann Sachs as Princess Leia Organa, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO & Bernard Behrens as Obi-Wan Kenobi. However Joshua Fardon as Luke Skywalker makes Luke sound like he is ten years old and Paul Hecht as The Emperor is unconvincing.
However, the worst part of this production is that at the end of every chapter is roughly five minutes of SW theme music. Obviously I adore this music, but not at the end of every chapter. Its addition smacks of lack of content to fill up the episodes.
Tragically Scriptwriter Brian Daley died only hours after recording concluded and subseqent changes to fit in with the Star Wars prequels were added by another writer. Therefore for this reason alone, I would suggest that this production was unable to be given the gloss and polish of its predecessors.
Mark Hamill isn't doing Luke in this one, but it's still damn good. well worth getting, I've listened to it a couple of times already.
These books had me enthralled. It does help to have seen the movies once or twice but I honestly couldn't hope for better entertainment.
It's good but a bit of a let down after the other 2 that had more of the original cast and extra story. This is much shorter especially if you take out the music/credits. Having said that if you've got the credits it's hard to buy the other two and not this. Still scoring that the credits and music weren't just put at the end of the last episode.
Before reading the previous review , I did not know that mark Hamill was not in this audiobook, I love all the Star Wars (Dramatizied) audiobooks so much, it is like watching the movie inside your head . It is the greatest listening experience I have had. I am speaking of the series, not just Return of the Jedi, which I loved, though minus Billy Dee, whose voice is very distinctive I felt a little cheated but it was still great because all the other characters are so well casted to the original voices. I loved Ann Sachs, her voice is captivating as Leia and Perry King as Han Solo is very good and they have good chemistry in this book. This is the best audiobook ever as far as I am concerned. I don't know why it is not number one every week.
"Glad they finally finished it!"
It took ten years for NPR to comlpete the Star Wars trilogy and even though it's missing Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, nearly half the program time and depth of story of the first installment, it's still a modern radio classic, and now it's available on Audible.
I was admittedly disappointed with the way the Rancor scene was handled. It seemed rushed to me. At the same time I appreciated that they got someone who could easily be mistaken for Mark Hamill, as the voice actor they got to replace him sounds almost like him. Ann Sachs and Perry King kept the chemistry going between their characters. As for 3PO his narrative comments on the scenes in the story are excellent. The major problem I had was with John Lithgow. What was the matter with him when they recorded this? When he played Yoda in "Empire" he did a passable job. This time around, it was just plain awful. Sorry John, I like you as an actor, but this time around, the parts you played should have been left on the cutting floor!! So I give this a 3.5 stars.
"NOW I'm ready to see The Force Awakens."
It's in the top 25, probably because I am a Star Wars fan.
It's got everything I need to be not only entertained, but reminded what it means to walk that line between wholeness and fragmentation.
No, I haven't. But I LOVE Ed Asner. His voice is nostalgic to me because I grew up watching Mary Tyler Moore every Saturday night in the 70s.
Oh, now COME ON.
"To bad it is over"
Such A great end to the trilogy really like the teleplay very amazing love the additional backstory you get so worth the credit or the money
"Well acted and a good deal."
Been looking for a way to listen to this book for a while now, without having to pay expensive prices for it USED. Well acted for what it is, pity they couldn't get mark hamill to do it. Very well produced. Highly recommended.
"Mmm. Voice talent and writing"
I liked the production but the voice talent is not as strong as before. The writing is a bit hokey at times but it is a worthy ending to the radio dramas. Parts 1 and 2 are much better though.
Very good performance. It would have been perfect if Mark Hamill had been in this performance as he was in the previous two.
"Return of....Anthony Daniels"
In this dramatization of the final story in the original Star Wars trilogy, I was disappointed that Anthony Daniels was the only original actor to portray his part (C-3PO). Lando Calrissian didn't sound at all like Billy Dee Williams, and I kept getting distracted by wondering who was talking, and then realizing it was supposed to be Lando. The other actors did a fine job, and if you love the Star Wars universe, you will enjoy this. I still wish James Earl Jones would have done Darth Vader, though! The extra details available in a radio drama make this a pleasure to listen to.
"The grand finale"
This audio adaptation written exclusively for Highbridge Audio concludes the original Star Wars Trilogy in a big way. New performers take up the roles made famous by Mark Hamil and Billy Dee Williams.
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