Books Read in 2016: ‘William Shakespeare’s #StarWars’ by Ian Doescher #amreading
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
Audiobook performed by Ian Doescher, Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, January LaVoy, and Marc Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Summary from Goodreads:
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 fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the audiobook you’re looking for.
I’ve had this book on my wishlist ever since it came out. I finally decided that getting the audiobook version would probably be better than trying to read it in text . . . and that was a GREAT decision! Ian Doescher and the others who lent their voice talents to this performance (and it’s definitely a performance, not a “reading”) kept me entertained from beginning to end. And at under four hours, it was perfect for my trip home from visiting my parents in Arkansas for spring break, since I had a couple hours of another book to finish before I started it.
The best character: R2-D2. Not only did the performer read the beeps and whoops and whistles and squeeks in a way that made me laugh every time, but Doescher wrote some aside monologues that get inside the motivations of this most mysterious character from the series.
And I thought Doescher handled the controversy over who shot first (it was Han) quite cheekily:
Han: Pray, goodly sir, forgive me for the mess. And whether I shot first, I’ll ne’er confess.
My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR = DNF (did not finish)
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