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Return of the Jedi: Star Wars: Episode VI [Kindle Edition]

James Kahn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It was a dark time for the rebel alliance...Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, had been delivered into the hands of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Determined to rescue him, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian launched a hazardous mission against Jabba's Tatooine stronghold.
The Rebel commanders gathered all the warships of the Rebel fleet into a single giant armada. And Darth Vader and the Emperor, who had ordered construction to begin on a new and even more powerful Death Star, were making plans to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all.
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Editorial Reviews Review

Fifteen years after the dramatic success of National Public Radio's adaptation of Star Wars, the production team re-formed to create Return of the Jedi: The Original Radio Drama. Though the running time is scaled down to three hours, listeners are still treated to an expanded story line and new scenes. Another fine cast is assembled, with radio series veterans Perry King and Ann Sachs as Han Solo and Leia Organa, and newcomer Joshua Fardon as an excellent Luke Skywalker. While Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) is the only actor from the film, Ed Begley Jr. contributes a gravely voiced Boba Fett, John Lithgow adds a rather somber Yoda, and Edward Asner, hopefully not being typecast, makes a believable Jabba the Hutt--though only an expert would be able to tell if his Huttese pronunciation is correct. The characters of this radio production inhabit a stereo soundscape created by careful blending of sound effects and John Williams's music from the original films. As with the two previous productions--Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi is a treat for the ears--and the mind's eye. Any Star Wars fan will enjoy this production, even though it does mean imagining rather than seeing Anakin with his mask and helmet off or Luke defeating the Rancor. Besides, the Ewoks are much less annoying when you can't see them. (Running time: 3 hours, 3 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney


This stunning production, first heard on National Public Radio, is a must for all fans of science fiction, Star Wars, or radio drama. It's a truly "cinematic" audio program, with outstanding production values, full stereo sound, vivid sound effects, and dramatic music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The acting is superb....HighBridge previously produced successful NPR productions of the first two part of the trilogy...and this final chapter should prove as phenomenally popular as the first two. -- Billboard, January 11, 1997

Winner of the Audie Award for Best Production of 1997 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Audio Publishers Association

Winner of the Listen Up Award for Best Science Fiction of 1996 -- Publishers Weekly, January 6, 1997

Product Details

  • File Size: 4108 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Mti edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513HX56
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
When NPR's audio adaptation of the first Star Wars film hit the airwaves two decades ago, it was as big a landmark in the history of the Star Wars "universe" as any of the subsequent movies. By stripping the story down to the essentials of character, it proved that the appeal of Star Wars is not merely visual flash, but something more enduring, characters you care about, villains you love to hate and (that oldest of rivalries) good against evil. The writing was excellent and the cast equally good, including as it did Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels as Luke and C3P0 respectively. When NPR produced a radio version of The Empire Strikes Back a few years later, Billy Dee Williams came on board to recreate the role of Lando Calrissian and the producers' winning streak continued.
It would be over a decade before the production team got the chance to complete the trilogy with Return of the Jedi. Sadly, just as Return of the Jedi was the weakest of the original movie trilogy, it is also the weakest of the three radio versions. That is not to say it isn't enjoyable, because it is. Rather it can't quite match the exceptional standards set by the previous two series.
Part of the problem is the casting. Although Anthony Daniels returned to play C3PO, Mark Hamill does not reprise the role of Luke Skywalker. Unfortunately the actor who took the role, Joshua Fardon, does not convey the increased maturity of the character in this part of the story. Fardon's performance has a quality of over-eagerness that seems more suited to the naive farmboy that Luke was when we first encountered him rather than the fully trained Jedi-to-be he is here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie June 12, 2002
I really enjoyed this book. It provided an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the main characters which the movie was unable to. Darth Vader's thoughts in particular, are an amazing revelation. Kahn describes very persuasively the incredible lure that the dark side of the force possesses - the heady exultation and sense of unbelievable power make it seem almost sexy. I began to see how Anakin would have been seduced by the dark side. The best part of the novel is the confrontation between Luke and Vader - it is dealt with in far more detail than in the movie. The scene where Darth Vader dies is poignant, even heartrending because we find out what he is thinking and it is this more than anything else, which made me realise what the title "Return of the Jedi" actually means. The only part of this book which I had a problem with is when Vader is unmasked and he is described by Kahn as an "old man". This perplexed me because according to the starwars timeline, Darth Vader would have been about 45 when he died. Apart from this detail, the novel is well done and much better than the movie - even the Ewoks are less silly and irritating than they are in the movie.
This book has the distinction of being the only starwars novel that has ever made me cry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written January 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm old enough to have watched this movie as a young boy, but I still enjoy reading sci-fi. I've read close to twenty of the Star Wars series - enough to know that the writing quality varies hugely, author to author. Consequently, it's quite possible to finish one series that reads like literature for adults, and then begin another that reads like a comic book for kids. Unfortunately, most of RotJ can be classified in the latter category. What's most strange about this particular book is that the quality of writing changes abruptly, twice. From the beginning of the story up to the end of the Jabba/Tatooine scene, I was very tempted to simply put the book away in favor of something containing more (any) substance. Being the completionist that I am, I persisted in my reading and was shocked to find the narrative quality of the story improve dramatically for most of the rest of the book. Then, after Han, Leia & crew arrive at Endor, the writing quality takes another dive into comic book territory. In fact, I would argue that the narrative used to describe the appearance of the first Ewok may well define a new low for lazy storytelling. I know Lucas has a penchant for "re-doing" the original series, and if there's one glaring low point it would be this book. Though it may be well past relevance now, I'd surely love to read a Return of the Jedi that was written for literate adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adults can enjoy this December 8, 2011
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After having read Star Wars: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, I thought Star Wars: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi would also have been written for children. That was not the case at all. It is sophisticated enough in style and substance to satisfy an adult audience.

Kudos to James Kahn for writing a book from a movie that was not just a copy of the script. Kahn adds to the books things we don't see in the movie. Han, especially, has much more depth. Jerjerrod piqued my interest here and I hope to see him in the Expanded Universe. Darth Vader and the Emperor have their own motivations for wanting to recruit Luke and their own plans for what to do with him. There was a lot of emotion in the climactic battle between them, and Vader's death was very moving.

"Return of the Jedi" does read more like an Expanded Universe novel than Empire did. It may be a little too difficult for younger children to read, but older children and adults will enjoy it. I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Complete
See review of "Star Wars," the original Radio Drama as presented on PBR. I now have all of the disks after all these years.
Published 2 months ago by M&M
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd's
I purchased for my sister. Best present she received! Awesome & fantastic! Glad to have found them. Can't wait to listen to them!
Published 2 months ago by CASH
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious!!!
A wonderful story ends with great adventure a magnificent redemption. George Lucas' story is adapted very well but with a few inconsistencies that he didn't intend to put to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Victor Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars my collection
This was a great adaptation from the movie. it also explains a lot about things that happened between the movies.
Published 5 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not up to the standard set by the other two installments of this...
Originally broadcast in 1996.
Multicast performance.
Duration: approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DWD's Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a kids's book!
This book is horribly advertised as "paperback" when in fact it is a tiny 50-page version for a 8-year old

Pay attention and make sure you buy the real book, not this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Silviu22
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful novelization of the classic movie
As you travel from Tatooine to Dagobah to Endor to space in an attack on the new Death Star, you can hear the voices and see the movie as you read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zxielle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classics
This is one of those books that should never be "out of print." Would love to have obtained it in hardback form. Made the movie more understandable and enjoyable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. BROOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars
Who can ever forget the orginal Star Wars, (the good ones)? I always had the first two orginal books and I have finaly found the last. I will treasure it always.
Published 19 months ago by Deborah Cassey
2.0 out of 5 stars ok, I guess
I was hoping for more insight into the characters, but instead it is just a scene by scene of the movie.
Published 20 months ago by Robert Lee Bird
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