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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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 11-01-14

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 20-07-17

better than the original script??

fantastic performance of a great adaptation. The space battle on stage is a work of genius.. though the Battle of Hoth is a close 2nd.. but that's another story..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Troy on 02-10-13

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.

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36 of 38 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By William R. Cole on 20-11-13

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.

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