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Star Wars: The Complete Trilogy Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598875809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598875805
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.3 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "A master piece of audio craftsmanship and a dazzling technical tour de force." - Omni Magazine."


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This is, quite possibly, the best radio drama ever written! Mark Hamill is excellent in reprising his role as Luke Skywalker in both the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back radio drama, it is just a shame that he could not do the sam for The Return of the Jedi radio drama. The sound effects are just amazing too. All in all, a very worthwhile purchase for any Star Wars fan!
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I remember these from the early 80s, ANH and TESB are both great and are both greatly expanded- ANH is almost 6 hours long and TESB is almost 5 hours long. ROTJ came out much later and is far shorter- about 2.5 hours- still it contains some lost scenes like Luke constructing the new saber. The only thing missing is the making of NPR Star Wars which should have been included! You can find this in Vader's Vault by Sansweet! But in the end it is Star Wars and so for me it was a must!
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It's a wonderful way to explore the Star Wars universe with a little more background than seen in the films.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x888504d4) out of 5 stars 42 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88783f3c) out of 5 stars A fun way to relive the movie 7 Dec. 2010
By Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised I've been a Star Wars fan for so long and had never bothered to listen to this. It's actually a great way to relive the movie. It's quite different from the actual film script and includes expanded and deleted scenes. For me, the best part was the beginning, with Luke's friends at Tosche Station. It has such a 1970s flavor and would have started the movie off really differently (although nothing beats the actual opening space battle).

Overall, the case works well. Mark Hamil actually plays Luke Skywalker and does a great job of it. Likewise, Anthony Daniels plays C-3P0. Most of the other characters come off at least similar to their on-screen counterparts. Han is appropriately cocky, although he's also more selfish than portrayed in the films. Leia has a good amount of spunk. Unfortunately, the series didn't quite get Darth Vader right. The torture scene with Leia - not in the movie for good reason - was particularly onerous and Vader sounds more like a shrink than a Sith Lord.

One other thing tat bugged me is the episode breaks. Originally, when this aired as a radio show, it was broadcast as 13 episodes, and each time there was an introductory narration and credits. Unfortunately, these remain on the audiobook version. Thus, every 15 minutes or so you hear another listing of credits, then another introduction. I hope future versions eliminate this and allow listeners to hear just one uninterrupted book.

The ESB episode wasn't quite as strong. Luke, Han, and Leia are all well done. However, Vader comes off as corny and Yoda just doesn't have the majesty he demands. Also, it doesn't have many deleted scenes, aside from the Battle of Derra at the beginning. It's about an hour shorter than the ANH radio show.

The ROTJ broadcast is pretty much like the movie - of course, without the space battles and with audio depictions of the land battles. It's actually fairly short - about 2 hours shorter than the ANH radio show. There aren't really any important deleted scenes, except the beginning when Luke is building his lightsaber. Still, it's well done and faithful to the movie. The Ewoks do get a bit more respect than they usually do.

One other thing that bugged me is the episode breaks. Originally, when this aired as a radio show, it was broadcast as 10 episodes, and each time there was an introductory narration and credits. Unfortunately, these remain on the audiobook version. Thus, every 15 minutes or so you hear another listing of credits, then another introduction. I hope future versions eliminate this and allow listeners to hear just one uninterrupted book.

Overall, this is a great set to listen to during commutes, even if you've watch the movie dozens of times already. Fans will appreciate deleted scenes.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88802660) out of 5 stars Any Star Wars fan would love this! 30 Sept. 2009
By Towani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I usually don't write reviews, but this one I think is important enough to write.

Let me begin by stating I am only through A New Hope. I have not begun TESB or ROTJ.

I love the original movies. I grew up with them, the toys and games, and everything else. I'm not as much a fan of the newer movies, et al. Hence, I haven't been on the look out much for new SW stuff. However, I saw these one day while searching for Lord of the Rings stuff, and thought it may be interesting, so I picked this CD trilogy up.

I can't tell you how excited I am I did. The CDs add so much depth to the movies. Not only do you revist every part from the movie, but it's like you found a treasure trove of deleted scenes. Some of these scenes I had heard of or seen before in either books or behind the scenes material, but to see them pefectly fitted in to the story as smooth flowing as it is was just perfect!!

I won't spoil any details for you, but if you are a Star Wars fan, and don't have to have everything presented to you visually, you are going to be in for a huge treat with these CDs. I can't wait to listen through it again just to get more detail. I thought I knew a lot about the original trilogy before, but this just doubled everything I knew. Literally. A New Hope is about 5.5 hours long... 3 or 3.5 hours longer than the movie. That's a lot of extra stuff!! But, it's not time wasting or fluff. It's great detail that adds so much more character depth and so much more to the Star Wars universe at that time.

You won't be disappointed in this gem of a find!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88783a74) out of 5 stars 'Turn on your translator, Greedo...' 10 Jan. 2011
By Edward St. Boniface - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm part of the generation that literally grew up with STAR WARS, ten years old when it was first released. Like so many young fans I was enthralled by the then limited official adaptations of the work expanding on the STAR WARS universe. I collected the original Marvel Comics, wrote fan fiction and fanatically collected all things published in connection with it like SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE and the Han Solo novels.

I grew up in Canada where the radio series was not to my knowledge broadcast and a friend in the USA kindly alerted me to and taped episodes of the series for me which I listened to for years, practically memorizing them. But I only ever had about three quarters of the STAR WARS episodes and never even knew about the adaptations of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or the long delayed RETURN OF THE JEDI.

So when I found them all released in a single boxed set many years after I had to get them and no one buying it will be disappointed. Given that Brian Daley (also the author of the Han Solo trilogy) has his own take on the story he does a fascinating job of expanding on the original stories. He captures, I think, the sense of fun of STAR WARS. It's full of quirky humour and fun asides, like the casual abuse suffered by working robots or the hovering-on-farce confrontations between Han Solo and the creepy minions of Jabba the Hutt.

I think that STAR WARS as a whole released a lot of pent-up creativity in my generation and helped to give it a mythological template that owed a lot to many different sources, not least the story of PARSIFAL and the Grail Knights on which STAR WARS is clearly based in part. The radio series expanded on fascinating elements of the story that had to be left out of the features like the friendship between Biggs and Luke, the story of Leia and her idealism leading to the destruction of Alderaan and the bickering antics of R2D2 and Threepio.

Before the sequels and the long wait for the prequels, these things had an intense hold on the imagination of fans like me and the radio series idea was a clever way of doing this. The use of the original audio effects and music from the features make them a satisfying experience on radio. I think anyone with a strong interest in STAR WARS before all the endless poor quality novelisations and Dark Horse comicbooks and tedious controversy over what's 'canonical' and not will find in them a gem which retains all the original spirit of STAR WARS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88783d44) out of 5 stars If you loved "A New Hope", you have to have this for the back stories. 1 July 2015
By Glen A. Gill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most of the other reviews are fine, but there is one thing that must be stated that I did not notice. ROTJ is not a radio drama. The first two were and were broadcast on NPR. The first was quite spectacular and went into a lot of detail that was not in the movie; especially with regards to Luke's friendship with Biggs Darklighter and Leia's work in the Alliance (in fact, it is more than suggested that it was Leia that was responsible for Tarkin's decision to blow-up Alderan). The second, TESB, sticks a lot closer to the movie, is somewhat shorter and with virtually no back story like in ANH. It's good, but still a little disappointing.

For whatever reason, ROTJ was not done as a radio drama. In fact, it was done on the cheap in a studio with virtually no production value at all and done to merely complete the trilogy. I understand why, it is just sad that they had to do it.

Frankly, the production values and back stories in ANH almost make up for the other two's shortcomings.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88684720) out of 5 stars a new look at star wars 14 Mar. 2014
By what - Published on Amazon.com
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ok my lead in was not exactly true... this is not a NEW look at star wars but if you have never heard the original radio shows before then you will love this. this set gives you a before the droids look at luke and how it was on tatooine and wanting to join up with the republic and hear how biggs darklighter tells luke about the rebel alliance, hear princess leia organa in her early struggles with the empire and so much more way beyond what the movies give you, it is a great way to spend them long commutes back and forth to work.the new hope set is 7 hours long the empire strikes back are 5 hours and the return of the jedi are only 3 hours but still alot of good times to be had.
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