William Shakespeare's Star Wars Collection: William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back, And William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return (2014)
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Collection: William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back, and William Shakespeare's the Jedi Doth Return (2014)
4.59 of 5 Votes: 5
0553546406 (ISBN13: 9780553546408)
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I love Star Wars. I love Shakespeare. Both have been important to me since I was a child. These audiobooks intrigued me from the minute I saw them show up as recommendations on Audible and finally I had enough credits to listen to all three in quick succession. I'm so glad I did. This version of the beloved IV.V.VI trilogy was good fun in the very best sense. It satisfied my geeky fantasy-loving side and my geeky classic-literature-loving side. And several other sides. I love drama and plays, acting on a small scale, and comparing literature to find common ground between genres. I've also always thought part of the brilliance of the Star Wars cycle was its Campbellian Power of Myth.The performances are based entirely on those of the original actors (the whole project was made in cooperation with Lucasfilm Ltd) and are good enough for me. It was so enjoyable, as I got through some busy days, then embarked on a drive to Tennessee to see my sister, to have these stories as my companions. I remembered that it's important to be brave. It matters that good wins over evil, and sometimes I wish that the heroes and villains in this world were a little more starkly drawn and easy to identify.I loved that the author added in commentary and hilarious scenes that would mostly resonate with those of us who watch special features and read companion novels, but also remind all of us Star Wars fans not to take ourselves too seriously.Perhaps most importantly, I remembered how much I loved Han Solo. He really was so much more interesting than Luke. To listen to him, as a classic dark horse, soliloquize about Leia with depth and subtlety, was truly a delight. I always knew he had it in him.Give these a chance if you meet any of the above criteria. And even if you don't. Let go. reach out with your feelings. So this is the perfect marriage between my two great loves. The first 2 of the trilogy are perfect - an exceptional blend of poetry, the great Star Wars plots, insightful soliloquies from a variety of underrepresented characters. The third one had moments that genuinely felt like it was trying too hard. Some of the soliloquies seemed a bit of a stretch and not wild about the ewok interpretation. But despite that, I gave the whole trilogy that 5th star. Just soooooo much fun!
Utterly fantastic! A must read/listen for any fans of Shakespeare, Star Wars, or both!
Freakin' fabulous! On audio per terms of YALSA Hub Challenge.
Delightful in audio form. Not to miss for Star Wars fans.
Anyone who loves star Wars will love this!!1
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