William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back : Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy

  • by Ian Doescher
  • Narrated by Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, Jeff Gurner, January LaVoy, Marc Thompson
  • Series: Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy
  • 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

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. These two plays offer essential listening for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!
Read by Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, Jeff Gurner, January LaVoy, and Marc Thompson.

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Space Fantasy In Iambic Pentameter

Of all the millions of people around the world who love Shakespeare, and all the millions who are Star Wars fanatics, how many of us do you suppose love BOTH? I honestly have no idea, but if you're one of the lucky few, this series is for you! I loved this one even more than the last. I laughed out loud many times during those Shakespearean inner monologues spoken out loud in iambic pentameter to the audience; there were moments so funny I actually thought "Even Carrie Fisher would love this!" I'm already looking forward to the next in the series, which I do hear tell is the best yet. Grade: A+
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- Gretchen SLP

Shakespeare: Meant to be Listened To

Do you like Shakespeare, particularly when performed? Do you like Star Wars? Then pick up this dramatization already!

While the 'Shakespeare's Star Wars' series is definitely Shakespeare-Lite (it's got the right form and syntax, but is missing much of the bard's metaphoric language that makes his work both so rich, and so frustrating!), it's clear the author is an expert on the subject matter. It's the kind of thing you listen to because it keeps you laughing - many parts are just downright goofy (for example, the space slug's soliloquy), and clearly not meant to be taken seriously. If you don't like Shakespeare the gimmick will likely wear out its welcome, but with few exceptions I found it kept me grinning until the last minute.

A final note: the voice actors were perfect for their roles. I read the first play in this trilogy, and I must say - audiobook is absolutely the way to go. Fifteen bucks well spent.
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- Lauren M. Woods

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio