Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.
Something Wookiee this way comes!
©2014 Ian Doescher (P)2014 Random House Audio
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller, Comedy fan
Definitely fun, quirky, & fairly quick
If you're a fan of Shakespeare you'll recognised the homages. Similarly if you're a Star Wars can. But is both this becomes even more entertaining. A book the for the seriousness of most of the source material doesn't take itself to seriously & that makes it a really fun read.
Performance is perfect for Shakespeare but with just the right amount of tongue in cheek to suit this story
Definitely. Quick, fun, & an easy listen
"Where Art Thou Upon the Venn Diagram?"
Picture a Venn diagram with two circles that have a small section of overlap. Label one circle "Star Wars Fans" and the other circle "Lovers of Shakespeare." Label the small sliver of overlap "Lovers of Both." Label the entire area outside the circle "Everyone Else." Where are you on that diagram? If you inhabit that small area of overlap between the two circles, this series will be your new best friend, a lively entertainment for commuting, exercising or chores, and a brightener of many a chill winter's night. Act V alone is worth a credit; it took me forever to get through it just because I kept replaying the entire act every time I restarted listening, it was so funny and so good. This was definitely the best of the three volumes, with perfect voices, sound effects, music, and inner monologues of heroes, villains, droids, and ewoks alike. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!
"NOT a one-trick pony"
Unlike other mashups that are nothing more but thinly veiled attempts to make money off of venerable titles (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, the most obvious example), this trilogy is definitely NOT a one-trick pony. Hard to believe, but each installment actually got better. That is saying a lot, since I thought the first book was amazing, and “Return of the Jedi” was my least favorite movie of the original trilogy. But Doescher clearly took great pains to honor both of the great legacies to which he is beholden. And the production values on the audio versions of these books is among the best I have ever encountered. Music from the actual movie soundtrack is expertly inserted in just the right places, the actors’ voices are very close to those of the original actors, and there is also an afterword read by Doescher in which he explains some of the techniques he used to combine his two inspirations.
One thing I really liked about the whole trilogy which I didn’t mention in my reviews of the other two books is the way Doescher assumes the listener/reader has seen the prequel movies. The sly references to the prequels made me laugh out loud, for instance, in this installment when the ghost of Obi-wan makes a comment about midi-chlorians.
To anyone who is a lover of Star Wars, I cannot recommend these three audiobooks more highly.
"Loved the series"
I love the writing and the acting. Excellent production all-around. It was funny and also at times poignant.
"wonderfully written, great performance."
....and like Ian I know Empire is widely regarded as the best, but Jedi is a personal favorite. this is not only a fabulous tribute to it, but a fantastic work on its own.
"The Premeire of the Original Falstaff"
In this final conclusion of the series I almost am sad that it has to end. It is the perfect ending of the series and the series as a whole had a not too short and not too long feel to it. When this part of the books end you feel pleasantly finished.
"Tis a Worthy Conclusion"
If you've heard Verily A New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back, you already know what to expect. This falls right in line and completes the trilogy in its greatness. For those who have not yet experienced this... you're in for a treat. Shakespearean puns and mangled quotes run amuck through the galaxy far, far away, accompanied with all the ham-fisted, Monty Python style acting. And yet, there is another level of experience, as one would expect from reading the Bard's original works, so all of the drama and gravitas of the story is there to be had. Add in the familiar sound effects and classic John Williams music you remember, and this most unlikely mashup becomes a few hours of pure fun.
But then, having enjoyed the previous two, I'm already biased. You've not experienced Shakespeare until you've heard him in the original Huttese, and the songs from Jabba's band and the Ewoks just drive this performance over the top. It's a blast.
"A delight for the bard within"
The performance, with its brilliant voice actors and great use of sound effects and music soundtrack, made me to hear the story in a fresh way. Lots of
Smiles and laughter. Such accurate character development and insight in the numerous asides. You will not be disappointed!
"An immensely fulfilling journey"
This may have been my favorite. Again I can't insist enough that the audio book is the superior format. The ending with the author is also charming and cheeky.
"More Shakespearian Star Wars!"
I always prefer to listen to audio of plays rather than reading it.
Obviously, the previous two books in the trilogy!
I can't wait for the new trilogy to come out in audio!
I love everything about this, the writing, the performances, and especially the story! Definitely worth listening!
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