William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return : Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy

  • by Ian Doescher
  • Narrated by Marc Thompson, Jonathan Davis, Daniel Davis, Jeff Gurner, January Lavoy, Ian Doescher
  • Series: Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy
  • 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.
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Where Art Thou Upon the Venn Diagram?

Picture a Venn diagram with two circles that have a small section of overlap. Label one circle "Star Wars Fans" and the other circle "Lovers of Shakespeare." Label the small sliver of overlap "Lovers of Both." Label the entire area outside the circle "Everyone Else." Where are you on that diagram? If you inhabit that small area of overlap between the two circles, this series will be your new best friend, a lively entertainment for commuting, exercising or chores, and a brightener of many a chill winter's night. Act V alone is worth a credit; it took me forever to get through it just because I kept replaying the entire act every time I restarted listening, it was so funny and so good. This was definitely the best of the three volumes, with perfect voices, sound effects, music, and inner monologues of heroes, villains, droids, and ewoks alike. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

Grade: A+
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- Gretchen SLP

NOT a one-trick pony

Unlike other mashups that are nothing more but thinly veiled attempts to make money off of venerable titles (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, the most obvious example), this trilogy is definitely NOT a one-trick pony. Hard to believe, but each installment actually got better. That is saying a lot, since I thought the first book was amazing, and “Return of the Jedi” was my least favorite movie of the original trilogy. But Doescher clearly took great pains to honor both of the great legacies to which he is beholden. And the production values on the audio versions of these books is among the best I have ever encountered. Music from the actual movie soundtrack is expertly inserted in just the right places, the actors’ voices are very close to those of the original actors, and there is also an afterword read by Doescher in which he explains some of the techniques he used to combine his two inspirations.

One thing I really liked about the whole trilogy which I didn’t mention in my reviews of the other two books is the way Doescher assumes the listener/reader has seen the prequel movies. The sly references to the prequels made me laugh out loud, for instance, in this installment when the ghost of Obi-wan makes a comment about midi-chlorians.

To anyone who is a lover of Star Wars, I cannot recommend these three audiobooks more highly.
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- Julie W. Capell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio