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William Shakespeare's Star Wars Audiobook

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter - and complete with 20 gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations - William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for.

©2013 Ian Doescher (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    John Oxford, United Kingdom 11/01/2014
    John Oxford, United Kingdom 11/01/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Verily; A great reteling."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben Kenobi. His rewritten diolog was the most fun to compare to the original and the small retcons added are a good way of tying the series together in a more believable fashion.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scenes with Like on Tatooine. the slow, character based scenes work particularly well in the Shakespearean format.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It filled me the same excitement that Star wars used to give me as a boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad this exists. I'd never have thought of it but the two things work so well together.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy B. 22/11/2016
    Timothy B. 22/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure magic"

    I can not believe how well Star Wars and Shakespeare work together. I'll love to see on the stage.

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    sunra59 England. 30/10/2016
    sunra59 England. 30/10/2016
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    ""Bleep bleep, whistle, squeak" ..."

    Thoroughly entertaining from Tatooine to the Death Star. The characters portrayed are almost all spot on (perhaps a little too much John Wayne in Han Solo), but that's a minor quibble. I look forward to the next episode. This has been my first experience of audible and my eyes are grateful for the rest. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Radders07 30/06/2016
    Radders07 30/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Two things I love finally mashed up"

    I love Shakespeare and I love Star Wars so how could this not be a good thing! Performances are great with a bit more insight into the mind of R2D2. LOVED IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Tyn Y Gongle, United Kingdom 09/01/2016
    Christopher Tyn Y Gongle, United Kingdom 09/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "MAGNIFICENT...!!!!!"
    Would you listen to William Shakespeare's Star Wars again? Why?

    Deifnitiely, I will listen to this many times. Ian doescher has done a truly magical thing here. He has taken this book and kept it completely faithful while transforming it into a Shakesperian play. The voice actors are great and I cant wait to start the next.

    I only hope that the RSC produce this as a play... I'd pay to see it in a heartbeat.....


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is such a famous story and so many will know it "line for line" already so it's hard fopr voice actors to bring anything new to the story at all. Having said that they do..... They use the new syntax to bring out the emotions of the story in vbery different ways... you lkearn more of Moff Tarkin and his motivations and feelings for example.


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

    Would have but just couldn't take the time out... maybe my next listen.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many "Star Wars Geeks" out there (me included) and any adaptation runs the risk of not meeting the high expectations of such a strange and devoted following. George Lucas even fell foul of this with some of his decisions for Episodes 1,2 & 3. Certainly among many fans, episodes 4,5 & 6 are held in such high esteem that any "tampering" with them could lead to disaster!I am in this category, and was at first a little cautious when I heard about these books. I got the paper version first (a box set of hard backs) and thoroughly loved them. Then I saw them in Audible and listened to the narration sample. I was sold.....My only recommendation is this... FANTASTIC....GET IT ...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David J. James Warsaw, Poland 01/12/2014
    David J. James Warsaw, Poland 01/12/2014 Member Since 2015

    Loves language learning, literature, history. Auditor and Business Advisor from the UK working in Warsaw and all CEE.

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    "Extremely amusing"

    Both as a concept and how this then works out in practice it is brilliant. The more one knows about Star Wars and about Shakespeare, the bigger the laughs. Excellently done. It is good to have some light hearted pieces to listen to occasionally. I hope the same people do some more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Troy
    DALLAS, TX, United States
    02/10/13
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    "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"

    I had a blast reading the book. Now to hear it performed, it's even better. Mashups like this usually don't impress me because most don't go for broke and waste time winking at themselves. This... this is greatness incarnate, and I daresay the Bard would approve.

    A full cast of pros playing it straight and yet still coming across with a Monty Python edge, the classic sound effects and music... it's comedy gold. I can't imagine how many times they had to stop recording in the attempt to not bust a gut. I haven't laughed this hard in ages, and I think I spooked my co-workers this morning.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • William R. Cole
    Albany, NY
    20/11/13
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    "Perhaps to tell a greater truth."
    What made the experience of listening to William Shakespeare's Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the asides from R2-D2. I have wondered for 30 years what that little rustbucket has been saying, and I found out. I nearly drove off the road doing so, but I found out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of William Shakespeare's Star Wars?

    The aside from Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first act. When you hear it, you will understand.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Daniel Davis filled the role of Narrator perfectly, despite my misgivings at the beginning that Star Wars (of all things) didn't need one.

    The Shakespearean stage directions were fun. I have been saying 'Exeunt Droid' for three days, much to my wife's chagrin.


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

    Yes, if I had been presented the opportunity, I would have. Probably best that I didn't. It might have killed me.


    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    MANASSAS VA, United States
    24/10/13
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    "So happy this book came along"
    If you could sum up William Shakespeare's Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

    This was so great to listen to - but beware - laughter will happen even will driving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was put together - the characters - the Shakespeare references


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    R2D2 was the best - that cast was incredible


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed for the whole first part of the book - and the second part - it was great - and I don't always like music or sound effects in other books, it was perfect in this book - especially enjoyed R2D2


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving this as a gift to 3 people and I have a couple of folks wanting to get it for themselves. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Marc
    Centerville, UT, United States
    18/10/13
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    "To be, or not to be?"

    The author must have seriously considered the question when he sat down to write. Could a Star Wars book work in Shakespearean English? Should I even waste the time trying?

    I, for one, am glad Ian Doescher decided to do it, because it's GREAT! The characters have their own thoughts revealed in ways they aren't done in the movie, which leads to a twisted understanding of characters like R2-D2; apparently, he's not a happy-go-lucky droid: he's conniving and manipulative, even if it is for the better good.

    The narrators did a great job with the character voices, and some of them got the intonation just right, despite the fact that they were speaking in Shakespeare-era English.

    As both a Shakespeare fan and a Star Wars junkie, I'm excited to share this one with my kids, in the hopes that it will get them interested in the Bard before they have to read his real stuff in junior high!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    Riverton, UT, United States
    01/07/14
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    "BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!"
    Where does William Shakespeare's Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a super fan of Star Wars, this is the best purchase I have ever made from Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It followed the original storyline but had a little bit more humor.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were awesome, especially Marc Thompson (who does Han Solo's voice). Hearing Han Solo do William Shakespeare was hilarious!


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

    Moved? No, not really. Just very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to these three books over and over and over!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • AnthroGal
    West Lafayette, IN, United States
    23/02/14
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    "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This was really fantastic. The narrators of all the Star Wars audiobooks came together to perform William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and it was the best thing ever. At first I was meh on it, but carrying on, I soon to grow to love this performance. Ian Doescher poked so much fun into the Star Wars film in the form of Shakespeare (the "Han shot first" scene among others) that I couldn't help but laugh really hard in public.

    Though only about 3.5 hours, it is worth EVERYTHING SECOND & CREDIT for it. I can't wait for "The Empire Striketh Back."

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gretchen SLP
    Sacramento, California
    13/11/16
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    "Help Us, Obi-Wan Kenobi"

    The day I first purchased this title, in e-book form, I endured no end of taunting from my family (consisting approximately of one-half Shakespearean scholars and one-half Star Wars fanatics), who joked that they hoped that all eight of us in the United States who loved both Star Wars and Shakespeare would really enjoy the book. I think time has proven there are far more of us than my skeptical family believed. If you are one of us, this will be one of your best-spent credits. It's as funny as your favorite comedy, as moving as any drama, and the writing (in iambic pentameter, no less!) is flawless. The sound effects and music are fantastic, too. I listen to it every time I feel discouraged by life (like this week!) and need a gentle, Shakespearean reminder that when the Empire builds a Death Star, it's not time to wallow in despair, it's time to gather one's courage and join the rebellion. May the Force be with us all. Grade: A+

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Canadian eReader
    Montreal
    22/02/14
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    "Wonderful writing and performance"

    In short, this is the most brilliant piece of writing I have read in a long time. I am a big fan of the original trilogy Star Wars movies and it’s just incredible how well they work in Shakespearean language. Doescher studied Shakespeare and is also a big sci-fi geek and his understanding of both media comes across very well. The dichotomy of the sci-fi content in old fashioned language adds a real interest to the writing. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun to play “spot the (adapted) Shakespeare quotation.” For example, we have “Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew ye not” referencing Hamlet’s thoughts on Yorrick.

    I have both the audiobook (narrated by a troupe of Shakespearean actors including the author himself) and I strongly recommend experiencing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in audiobook format rather than the written word. The cast really brings it to life.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Saxb4b3
    15/01/16
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    "great adaptation"

    love love love the adaption. I own all the books and enjoy the audio version - voice actors are mostly spot on, with one caveat for me; I'm not a huge fan of the man playing han solo....he over emphasized the drawl and it ends up making him sound corny. others may not share my opinion, so overall I say it's definitely worth buying!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Nalcrest, Florida United States
    26/03/15
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    "better than the original!!!"

    Because every scene in the movie is so familiar, listening to the "Bard's" take was delightful. I have been an Audible subscriber for years and do not believe I have enjoyed any listening experience as much as this one. At the start a smile came to my lips and never left.

    Highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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