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
I'd recommend it to massive Star Wars geeks like me, obviously. Not sure how much others would really get out of it.
I'd love to go into detail, but... spoilers.
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.
Yep. But I won't go into detail here!
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."
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.
mum to two
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!
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.
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.
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?
- Howe 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.
A man with a child in his ears.
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.
The performer is putting too much into the voices reflecting a weaker ability to characterise them.... it results in a very difficult and jarring listening experience
The english accents are as bad as Dick van Dyke's in Mary Poppins.
Am probably going to abandon listening to this.... its too painful
"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.
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
"Even better than the movie."
Even better than the movie. Gives great insight on all key characters. Well worth the listen
"Great listen after watching the movie"
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).
Most starwars books. It's good like that.
2 sittings, but honestly I walked around alot while listening.
It's worth the money, it's like watching the movie but without people in costume sitting next to you :)
"Listen to this AFTER you see the movie"
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.
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.
"A Nice Companion"
overall, this was quite enjoyable. Well paced and well written. Extra bits are nice cause they add some depth and fill in a few gaps that didn't make it into the movie. BB-8 effects were a welcome surprise!
Good narration, although it can be a little jarring as some of the lines were delivered by their on screen counterparts in a way that wasn't necessarily reflected in the novel.
One thing though, the soundtrack is taken from the prequels and a few times the Anakin/Padme love theme is used and it just doesn't fit. it would be nice if they'd have been able to get the Force Awakens music.
If you've seen the movie then you don't really need this version of the story. What really got to me though in a negative way was the narration. It simply was way too much over emphasis in the way it was read. If there's such a thing as over-acting then this an example of over-reading. As one other reviewer put it, it felt as if the narrator was reading to a bunch of kindergartners. Difficult to get through, as a result.
"A New Star Wars"
I thought that for the most part it was a very enjoyable read. I think that my favorite part of the book was being first reintroduced to Han and Chewie.
I think the he tried to hard in some areas. He is not my favorite.
I thought that it was an interesting addition to the Star Wars universe but I don't think that it was better than 4-6. I recycled too much. It did have some interesting characters...except for Kylo Ren. He was the most boring character and seemed to be a lost teenager trying to find himself. Hux was a pretty good villain because he seemed to be on top of events and fairly self-composed. Poe was a fun character and, Rey and Finn were okay at best. I do think that there was too much copy and pasting from Abrams from old movies and the story suffered but was still pretty enjoyable.
Excellent production, very layered. Marc did a fantastic job. The sounds, from a laser to the atmosphere were absolutely engulfing
"Great story with childish narrator"
Loved the story but I felt like I was a 5 year old in bed being read to by a patronizing parent. Hopefully they pick a more serious narrator for the upcoming books.
"A fantastic production, the story, just the movie"
Marc Thompson did an EXCELLENT job. His voices and acting were so well done, very expressive and easy to follow! Little sound effects that are known to be in Star Wars audiobooks make this a fun read too.
I was disappointed by the lack of additional information that I thought the novelization might provide. I almost got the impression that JJ Abrams said to Alan Dean Foster that he shouldn't go much beyond the screenplay. There are some scenes in this book that I assume were edited out of the final cut, but are here in the book, which is fun too. I have read other novelizations that have more densely filled in thoughts and some background/back story more effectively. This felt like a simplistic book with a few ten dollar words thrown in. An example of a fabulous novelization was Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. He filled in the many, many gaps left by an overly-edited movie and actually made the story better than the movie had been (not hard to do, I grant you). This novel did not make much of an effort to do that. I'm just glad I listened to this and didn't just read it.
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