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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Science Fiction
A New York Times best seller: The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blockbuster film directed by J. J. Abrams.
More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.
So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens.
©2015 Alan Dean Foster (P)2015 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brad on 12-22-15

Adds a bit to the Movie

If you enjoy star wars you will enjoy this .However i would recommend watching the movie first as the emotions have more impact when seeing on the faces of the actors for the first time . The great part of this novelization is that it has all the bits from the movie plus extends quite a few scenes and dialog as well as contain some that were probably cut from the movie. No spoilers i promise one of the additional scenes has one of chewies coolest actions ever.

Marc Thompson is always good and for anyone who has heard his chewie voice don't worry a much better. voice has been dubbed in

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33 of 34 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mjcar66 on 12-21-15

Even better than the movie.

Even better than the movie. Gives great insight on all key characters. Well worth the listen

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35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-20-15

True Star Wars

Fantastic return to the series, it really felt as if this was a universe I could return to and explore. The new characters are mostly great. Didn't like Fin much. Turned traitor then had no trouble killing his squad mates. Rey is an exciting protagonist with interesting mysteries not yet solved. Kylo Ren was a good villain even though he seemed a bit immature, Hopefully they will give his character more depth in the next two movies.When It was finished I sat backed and laughed. With the top quality narration and fantastic sound effects I can tell I will love the movie.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel O'Connor on 12-21-15

Great story, terrible accents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend it to massive Star Wars geeks like me, obviously. Not sure how much others would really get out of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

I'd love to go into detail, but... spoilers.

How could the performance have been better?

The general narration was fine, and the background noises and special effects, as well as music taken from the first six soundtracks, added authenticity.The accents, though... Lord, the accents. I'm not sure if Marc Thompson has ever heard a British person speaking. Listening to Rey, my favourite character from the film, was actually quite painful. I kept hoping she'd stop talking and not keep sounding like a sulky cockney with weird vowels.And yes, obviously, Rey is not "British", nor are General Hux or Captain Phasma, but the actors who play them are (or in the case of Gleeson, doing an acceptable impersonation), and the narrator is *trying* to sound British. For someone who makes a living through narrating audiobooks, I think it's a little unprofessional to be this awful.

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

Yep. But I won't go into detail here!

Any additional comments?

I'm trying not to think too hard about the plot holes and hoping someone will wave their hand in front of my face and just say "These aren't the plot holes you're looking for."

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25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brendon on 02-25-16


Not one fault. Adds much more depth to movie story. The end seems a little rushed and more depth required by some other parts but will have to wait for ep8 for explanations. Otherwise this is Perfect! Ill listen again and again and again

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jas P on 01-29-16

Star Wars at its best, brilliant effects

Star Wars has returned, and not with cheap gimmicks or stupid characters, but with a classic story line, favourite characters and new ones, and the magic that we all know and love.
Having seen the movie, I wanted to read the book to see what it was like, how much different it was, was there any little extra's that are sometimes in the book.
I remember reading Return of the Jedi as a kid and loving the fact that there was all these little extras hidden away. And with Alan Dean Foster writing the book, how can you go wrong.
And so I grabbed the audiobook, and I was not disappointed.
Marc Thompson's Narration is wonderful, with a great range of voices (His Kylo Ren is awesome!) and he has such incredible enthusiasm for his reading. Foster has been very true to the script of the film, and I guess that to some extent this is a partial review of the film?
I loved this story, it was a return to the original classic Star Wars that we loved from the original saga, and it was back in all its glory.
I was so happy from the opening scene when the Star Destroyer glides over the planet - and I knew that Abrams was going to do justice by the story. Foster has just followed the script.
However, as you hope with all the adaptions, there are little extra's, whether these are deleted scenes or bits in the script that Foster has added in, or just poetic licence, regardless, they add so much extra to the story, and make it worth the read.
Another great thing about this audiobook is the effort that has gone into its production. Not only has Marc Thompson done a great job on the narration, there is the exceptional soundtrack that goes with it. Right the way through the story, there is a musical soundtrack, but there is also special effects (such as lightsabers, blasters, explosions, ship sounds etc)
I had not expected this at all, and it gave the audiobook a whole new depth. I was concerned that maybe it was going to detract from the book a few times, but it certainly didn't, making the book that much more exceptional.
There is really nothing bad that can be said about this book, brilliant narration, superb special effects, fantastic story, what more could you want?
If you love Star Wars, if you have or haven't seen the movie, this is worth the read!

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