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From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi (Star Wars)

Written by: Olivie Blake,Saladin Ahmed,Charlie Jane Anders,Fran Wilde,Mary Kenney,Mike Chen
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis,Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes,Jon Hamm,January LaVoy,Saskia Maarleveld,Adam Scott,Marc Thompson,Sam Witwer,Various
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Publisher's Summary

Celebrate the lasting impact of Return of the Jedi with this exciting reimagining of the timeless Star Wars film featuring new perspectives from forty contributors.

On May 25, 1983, Star Wars cemented its legacy as the greatest movie franchise of all time with the release of Return of the Jedi. In honor of its fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from Return of the Jedi through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists:

Olivie Blake provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of Emperor Palpatine.

Saladin Ahmed recounts the tragic history of the rancor trainer.

Charlie Jane Anders explores the life and times of the Sarlacc.

Fran Wilde reveals Mon Mothma’s secret mission to save the Rebel Alliance.

Mary Kenney chronicles Wicket the Ewok’s quest for one quiet day on the forest moon of Endor.

• Anakin Skywalker becomes one with the Force in a gripping tale by Mike Chen.

Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from:

Tom Angleberger, K Arsenault Rivera, Kristin Baver, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Emma Mieko Candon, Olivia Chadha, Gloria Chao, Adam Christopher, Paul Crilley, Amal El-Mohtar, M. K. England, Jason Fry, Adam Lance Garcia, Lamar Giles, Max Gladstone, Thea Guanzon, Ali Hazelwood, Patricia A. Jackson, Alex Jennings, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Sarah Kuhn, Danny Lore, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kwame Mbalia, Marieke Nijkamp, Danielle Paige, Laura Pohl, Dana Schwartz, Tara Sim, Phil Szostak, Suzanne Walker, Hannah Whitten, Sean Williams, Alyssa Wong

To celebrate the launch of this book, Penguin Random House and Disney/Lucasfilm will each make donations to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. In recognition of both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate at least $100,000 worth of books to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.

Narrated by a full cast, including: Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Sean Kenin, Nika Futterman, Jon Hamm, David Lee Huynh, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Brandon McInnis, Euan Morton, John Pirkis, Adam Scott, Kristen Sieh, Marc Thompson, Shannon Tyo, and Sam Witwer

©2023 Olivie Blake, Saladin Ahmed, Charlie Jane Anders, Fran Wilde, Mary Kenney, Mike Chen (P)2023 Random House Audio

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I Enjoyed most stories

the narrators are great, and a few of the stories are too. most are enjoyable, with only 2 i didn't care for. overall, worth a credit, but not the $$.

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Good performance, weakest story for Certain Point of Views

Everyone did a good job on the book, but the stories themselves where the problem. What was good about the NH and Empire versions was they balanced the fun and interesting extra stories connecting to the movies without overstepping. This book just seemed to want to overstep and influence the movies to much, and also felt repetitive with “person x is an imp, now watch was the swap sides and play a major role.”

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A Worthy Conclusion

As with the previous entries in the "Certain Point of View" series, not every story in this collection will be your favourite. But, in my opinion, that's not a bad thing.

The beauty of Star Wars is in the sheer number of different stories there are to be found in it. As with the movies and TV shows, so with thr stories in this book. Not everyone will like all of them, but every story will be someone's favourite by sheer dint of this fanbase's diversity. If you're someone who believes that all Star Wars is good Star Wars to someone, you want this book.

As with previous entries, the stories run the gamut from hilarious to heartbreaking. From a Certain Point of View remains one of the best sources of queer representation in Star Wars (though not without a few forays into the "Bury Your Gays" trope that I think could have been avoided). The writers' collective willingness to explore the deeper, darker, and often more absurdist sides of the Galaxy Far, Far Away remains consistently refreshing.

The voice cast is absolutely top notch. Fans of the Clone Wars will be happy to hear the likes of Nika Futterman and Sam Witwer popping up. Fans of Star Wars audiobooks in general will be overjoyed to see the likes of Marc Thompson and January Lavoy, among many other regulars. The sheer vocal prowess on display is nothing short of brilliant.

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