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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

National Public Radio's 1981 adaptation of Star Wars was one of the most successful presentations in the history of radio: and a very tough act to follow. Nevertheless, two years later, the members of the Star Wars production team eagerly returned to create a radio version of The Empire Strikes Back.

Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

© and (P)1993, 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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    M. Tucknott 18/10/2015
    M. Tucknott 18/10/2015
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    "one major flaw"

    shame the recording is still split into episodes so we have credits, intros and recaps every 30mins rather than one long cinematic recording of awesomeness.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rosie and Duncan 08/11/2011 Member Since 2009

    We are a married couple who love listening to audio books, luckily we like mostly the same things. Rosie is severely ill & bedbound.

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    "Excellent and Highly Recommended!"

    We got this after enjoying the first audio book in the series (Star Wars) and couldn't be happier with getting the next in the series. It wasn't long after purchase that we started listening and before we knew it we had listened to it all.

    Its an excellent story and done very well for audio listeners, with great narrators and its great having different narrators for each character as its makes it a very enjoyable listen. You get into the story really well and if you gave seen the films (the original ones) then you even start to imagine scenes from the film.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and cannot wait to get the next in the series. Highly recommended to all and I know this will be listened to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Grant 24/09/2011
    Lee Grant 24/09/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Another jewel in the Star Wars crown"

    Before you listen to The Empire Strikes Back, listen the Star Wars.

    The advice isn't isn't based on potential plot confusion but it will help to embed the voices, style and feel of the production which is strangely familiar yet unfamiliar at the same time.

    Again, the performances are strong and the additional scenes are a intriguing for those that are fans of the film.

    Once again, Perry King's performance of Han Solo is as good as Harrison Fords.

    It's lovely, enjoy it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. W. D. Pratt UK 10/12/2016
    Mr. W. D. Pratt UK 10/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "another epic adventure"

    I think I prefer these to the actual films there appears to be more indepth story telling although the action scenes lack the visual element and could do with a narrator.

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    Diane 16/10/2016
    Diane 16/10/2016

    I'm a huge SF & Fantasy fan. I sing Early Music professionally, narrate stories & sf poetry for podcasts & blog for Amazing Stories.

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    "Immersion"

    This audio drama version is great for a lengthy immersion in the world of Star Wars. The production is great, the actors do a great job. The writing is such that you don't miss the visual aspect, although, I'd recommend having watched the movies first (but who hasn't?!?).

    The only down side is that they didn't remove the credits at the end of each episode and they take up a good 5 minutes each half hour! It would've been fine to trim the credits from the episodes and run a long one at the end, most of what you hear is the same thing each time any way.

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    justin doyle 27/07/2016
    justin doyle 27/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than watching the movie!"

    It's like having the ultimate director's cut of the film. Absolutely brilliant! I always find Darth Vader in these radio dramas to be particularly entertaining.

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    Yankel 16/10/2015
    Yankel 16/10/2015
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    "Listen to this book: It is your DESTINY!!"

    So gkad Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams came beack fir thus.. and John Lithgow's Yoda is impressive too! supporting cast well chosen and John Williams' majestic score! Extra background brings further understanding to the saga. Thank the Maker! as 'Threepio would say..

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    Amazon Customer UK, North West 16/07/2015
    Amazon Customer UK, North West 16/07/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "good but so much time on credits"

    I won't go into the story as you should know it already. Performances are good and you get used to the ones different to the films pretty quickly. What I will say is there is about 1 minute before each episode of music and credits and nearly 4 minutes after some episodes! Make use of the skip buttons to avoid them.

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    andrew 15/05/2015
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    "Great story telling"

    Great just like being back a kid at the cinema
    Can't fault the reading or acting highly recommend this audio book

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    Amazon Customer uk 23/12/2012
    Amazon Customer uk 23/12/2012

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    "Another fantastic production"

    Has the same high quality production as the original and because of the increased length of running enables them to add in some small sub parts that make some parts of the film make more sense.

    Highly recommended if you are a fan of the films (& most would say this was the best film of the original 3)

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  • Ellen Anthony
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    10/12/12
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    "Excellent!"

    The performance is great and the story more detailed than the movie. Loved these when I got hold of them on cassette back in the early 80s. Am glad to have the complete production now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
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    "great production"

    terrific again, love the extra dialogue of the characters, vader is more evil in these versions rather than seeing the movies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindler
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    "Star Wars V"

    Great additions to the story and the characters. It actors are extraordinary. Luke is intensifying his training and has to overcome the hurtles that come before him. The story is in constant motion and ended too quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
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    02/05/15
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    "Good dramatization with extras"

    Converting a visual story to a radio play is tough. Action needs to be described by somebody in the scene. They worked it in creative ways and skipped describing things that didn't matter. I really enjoyed the enhanced scenes that weren't in the original, almost like getting the deleted scenes put back.
    TIP: If listening on an iPhone, remember double clicking your earbuds will get to the next chapter (helpful to skip the credits on each episode). MAY THE FOuRth would be a nice day to enjoy it all over!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/03/09
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    "Fantastic production"

    This was a fantastic production and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The cast and special effects are superb.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D
    04/10/16
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    "A dream find for a Star Wars fan!"

    I have been a big fan of SW, ever since the world created by George Lucas, began with a New Hope. I can see every scene in my head as I listen to the vocal drama. I must say, I wish Han Solo could have been played by the actual actor, but all of the voice actors did a terrific job. Brock Peters did a notable job holding down Vader's part, but there is no one like James Earl Jones. I am so glad to have this recording and the first one. I am now debating whether I should get "Return of the Jedi". Thanks Audible for making them available.

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  • Charles Strobel
    07/09/16
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    "It's Star Wars"

    It's vintage Star Wars. It's good. John Lithgow as Yoda seems a little to my ears, but you get used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/08/16
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    "The Saga continues"

    The second installment of the Star Wars Trilogy is brought to life via NPR, and features John Lithgow as Yoda. As with the first radio drama series, this introduces the listener to scenes not featured in the film.

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  • Jo A. Wilson
    Montgomery Village, MD United States
    26/05/16
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    "Loved the movie...radio drama, not so much."

    Dialogue came across as cheesy. ESB is my favorite movie of all time, but this performance just doesn't do it justice.

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  • RUTH E PARKER
    21/05/16
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    "Fabulous"

    Complement to the movie and book.Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniel are stupendous. I must have the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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