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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View
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Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View
Star Wars Expanded Universe
Audiobook | Hardcover | Kindle
Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Daniel José Older, Marc Thompson
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: October 3, 2017

What a spectacular collection of talent, this audiobook has! Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View is loaded to the brim with amazing stories and has a star-studded cast of voices, each one chosen specifically to create the most presentable experience possible for the listener. Whomsoever is responsible for dreaming this up should be rewarded handsomely.

Each of these stories either bridges a small gap in the original film or gives us an entirely different perspective from a preexisting scene. From the first scene where Darth Vader is boarding Princess Leia Organa’s ship looking for the missing Death Star plans to a couple of Tusken viewpoints. Luke Skywalker’s Aunt Beru, Greedo, and the Jawas in their sandcrawler all get a voice here, too! We are even given the chance to hear Obi-Wan Kenobi speak with his old mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn.

Favorites of mine include Boba Fett’s take in Added Muscle, truly exploring Fett’s ego and interests. I also loved The Red One, which follows R5-D4’s excitement to be purchased after 4 years and explains why he sabotaged himself by an energy purge to allow R2-D2 to be purchased. Grand Moff Tarkin waits impatiently to use the Empire’s newest weapon in Verge Of Greatness, his calm and cool demeanor betrayed by his inner thoughts. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s last thoughts are given a voice in Time Of Death, truly exploring the concept of life flashing before your eyes as you die.

There are far too many to name, folks. Each is unique in their own way, giving insight or explanation. What I thought would be an audio version of a collection of one-shot stories feels remarkably different. As the listener makes their way from story to story, it triggers memories and connects each tale to one another. Creating a slightly skewed version of A New Hope, a remix of sorts. I enjoyed this immensely and I trust that any Star Wars fan will as well. I hope you will take the time to listen to this, the audio version has more to offer than a stale reading of the book release. This amazing compilation of authors and narrators is the perfect storm, bringing this book to life.

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

• Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
• Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
• Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
• Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
• Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star.
• Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.

Plus thirty-four more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:
Ben Acker • Renée Ahdieh • Tom Angleberger • Ben Blacker • Jeffrey Brown • Rae Carson • Adam Christopher • Zoraida Córdova • Delilah S. Dawson • Kelly Sue DeConnick • Paul Dini • Ian Doescher • Ashley Eckstein • Matt Fraction • Alexander Freed • Jason Fry • Kieron Gillen • Christie Golden • Claudia Gray • E. K. Johnston • Paul S. Kemp • Mur Lafferty • Ken Liu • Griffin McElroy • John Jackson Miller • Daniel José Older • Mallory Ortberg • Beth Revis • Madeleine Roux • Greg Rucka • Gary D. Schmidt • Cavan Scott • Charles Soule • Sabaa Tahir • Elizabeth Wein • Glen Weldon • Chuck Wendig

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books—valued at $1,000,000—to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education. Over the past sixteen years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than eighty-eight million books to First Book.

Each of the forty short stories in From A Certain Point of View is written by an author, artist, or treasured voice from the literary history of Star Wars, reimagining a moment from the original film through the eyes of a supporting character.

Stories from the likes of Pierce Brown, Meg Cabot, Jason Fry, Pablo Hidalgo, Sabaa Tahir, Will Wheaton and many more celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, performed by longtime Star Wars narrators and notable newcomers, including:
Jonathan Davis
Ashley Eckstein
Janina Gavankar
Jon Hamm
Neil Patrick Harris
January LaVoy
Saskia Maarleveld
Carol Monda
Daniel José Older
Marc Thompson

When casting, audiobook producers Aaron Blank and Nick Martorelli matched veteran Star Wars narrators with stories that suited their talents, and from there dreamed big and reached out to people who might be interested in participating in this landmark project.

With his incredible character voices, Marc Thompson was the only choice for Gary D. Schmidt’s Yoda story. Saskia Maarleveld had just wrapped recording Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan, so she was cast to read Madeline Roux’s story about Leia’s mother. The audiobook also features exciting Star Wars newcomers Jon Hamm (reading as Boba Fett) and Neil Patrick Harris (reading about an Imperial officer in the Death Star).

Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View

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