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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

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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 40h anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 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 best-selling 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 34 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

Narrated by a full cast, including:

  • Jonathan Davis
  • Ashley Eckstein
  • Janina Gavankar
  • Jon Hamm
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • January LaVoy
  • Saskia Maarleveld
  • Carol Monda
  • Daniel José Older
  • Marc Thompson

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 16 years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than 88 million books to First Book.

©2017 Renée Ahdieh (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A perfect & loving tribute.

Made me laugh and cry. Went in some unexpected directions, but always in a way that was interesting! Some stories seem more crafted for the page, such as the mouse droid one, but the performers always did their best to convey the material. Though I do confess to skipping some of the ones narrated in an irritating alien style. Really hard to listen to someone pretend to be a Chadra Fan for ten minutes on end.
Regardless, if you love Star Wars, this one is a must hear. Really hoping for a sequel for Empire's anniversary!

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A very fun trip through the ripples of the force..

A plethora of side stories throughout some of the most memorable scenes of star wars.

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Great concept but poor execution

I could only make it about 6 hours in before I got fed up. Too many stories set at the Mos Eisley cantina about characters I don't care about, trying to tie them into the larger narratuve in ways that clearly contradict the previous short story. Narration was also too exaggerated. It felt like someone was coming up with voices for a child they were reading a story too. Also, the Jon Hamm story, part of what drew my attention to this book, is incredibly brief. It felt like it was 5min long. I do NOT recommend it.

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Great stories with some great performances

Lots of great fun stories to expand on the background of A New Hope #Audible1

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Very hit and miss

Some of the stories in this compilation are ok and some are terrible. I’m half way through and haven’t found one that I would call good. Wouldn’t recommend this book.

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a brilliant way to refresh star wars

I enjoyed knowing the inner thoughts of so many characters around the original movie.

It completely refreshed A New Hope for me. The extremely well per Fe r formed narrations of the point-of-view chapters range from Yoda's, and Obi-Wan's inner thoughts to those of the Jawas, Sandpeople and even the tentacled trash monster... and everything and everyone in between

This really is a great format for audiobook and I really hope they can continue this type of companion story-telling by doing it with the other movies

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Mixed bag as could be expected

Some were bad, some were good, a small amount were awesome! Not worth paying full price for.

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A wide variety of points of view

Some of the stories are really great, beautifully pieces with Qui-Gon Jinn, Aunt Beru and Obi-Wan (both posthumously), Emperor Palpatine performing a Shakespearean soliloquy and several rebels during the battle against the Death Star.
There are however many stories that border on the unbearably boring. The book spends possibly 6 or 7 stories focused on patrons at the Mos Eisley cantina and only one of them were halfway decent, the rest were a total chore.
Also a minor complaint but, the short stories are broken up into multiple chapters per story so going back and re-listening to certain stories is going to be difficult to pinpoint.

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Whatever

There are certainly a handful of good stories in this compilation, especially in the later half, but much of this book was painfully boring to get through.
The production and voice acting was top notch though.

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We're All the Heroes of Our Own Story

When I first saw "Star Wars" as a kid, part of what drew me so far into the story was how real the universe felt. Sure there were aliens, laser guns, a giant ball of world-shattering death and some invisible mystical energy field, but somehow it all made sense. It felt lived-in, tangible. It was a universe I felt like I could be a part of, even if the hero roles were already filled. There were more than enough niches to fill, and even the most minor, single-line characters felt like they had more going on than what I saw on screen.
It is those ordinary folks to whom "From A Certain Point of View" is so lovingly dedicated. A little red droid dreaming of a loving home. A gunnery officer who maybe should have fired on that escape pod. An old master who still longs for the wisdom of his long-dead teacher. A Stormtrooper who couldn't care less about the droids he's looking for. Through their eyes, and many others, we are treated to 40 fresh takes on an old, familiar tale.
This is an essential addition to any Star Wars fan's collection, even more so in audio format. An all-star cast breathes exuberant life into the prose (and occasional poetry) of a cadre of skilled authors. Some of the best I've seen in this galaxy far, far away.
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and more than a tad meta, "Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View" will deepen your experience of an already rich universe, and make you feel that much more at home within it.

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  • Michael J. Stewart
  • Oregon City, Oregon
  • 2017-10-05

No One has Raved About this yet?

Getting a secondary perspective on a New Hope adds so much incredible depth to the story and deepens the "relationship" SW fans may have on the film that started it all to an immeasurable degree.

If you are a SW fan and it has changed your life for the better you HAVE to get this audiobook!

And may I mention... it's canon...

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  • Tony E.
  • Menifee, CA
  • 2017-10-11

A New View of A New Hope

What a fantastic collection of stories. Take a bunch of side characters who were bit parts in the original Star Wars movie and give them a story to tell. You remember those guys in the band playing the Cantina? Yeah, let's tell their story. Remember that little M1C6 droid who Chewbacca scared on the Death Star? Yeah, he has a story. How about the stormtrooper who Obi Wan used his Jedi mind powers to fool into believing that C3PO and R2D2 weren't the droids they were looking for? Fantastic continuation!
There are stories in here from a ton of angles, including Lando, Yoda, Obi Wan, and Mon Mothra, as well as that red R5 unit who blew up at Uncle Owen's farm and the monster in the trash room. These stories fill out a universe so well fleshed out already. Even things like the stormtrooper bopping his head on the door make sense now.
And the voices. Oh, the voices are so great. This book is just about the perfect book. What a great anthology of the Star Wars Universe's lesser known characters. I not only highly recommend this one but I, myself, will be listening to it several more times in the future.I have a new hope that they will do a project like this for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in short order.

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  • Saritza Hernandez
  • Orlando, FL USA
  • 2017-10-23

These are the Stories You’re Looking For

I’ve laughed, cried, gasped, snickered and smiled through this entire book and still want more. This is an ingenious idea to have the POV of so many characters whose appearances in the movie was minimal but whose contribution to the overall story was critical for the rebellion’s success. I hope they do this with Episodes 5 & 6 as well.

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  • Tex_H
  • 2017-10-22

Well worth the time!

I have always been a fan of alternate viewpoints, and this is great. I don't care for all the stories, but that is what is great about an anthology of short stories. Some are great, some not so much, but overall the book is worth it.
Some of the voice actors are also better than others. But the fact that this is a full on production makes it wonderful. I have always wished that audiobooks had background music, and this does and more. Some clips from the original soundtrack, sound effects of laser blasts, howling wind, a hyperdrive, and voice modifiers for stormtroopers and Darth Vader. It is awesome!

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  • jennifer davis
  • Panama City, Fl
  • 2018-06-15

wow! so glad i got the audio book.

this book is a fantastic full production that any fan will love. I am a fan, meaning I've seen the movies several times and will watch again. I haven't really explored the larger universe. I was considering the hardcover edition but settled on the audiobook. best credit I've spent in awhile.

these short stories are entertaining and full of sound effects. the voicing is excellent and brings you right into that world. a lot of love went into these.

my only complaint is about the audiobook chapters. they are all about 5 minuets long and are numbered 1-200 something. this makes it impossible to find that one story you'd like to hear again.

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  • The Way of the Wounded Cinema Warrior
  • 2017-11-27

Chapter listing. Audible sucks



1 – Raymus
8 – The Bucket
13 – The Sith of Datawork
17 – Stories in the Sand
26 – Reirin
30 – The Red One
35 – Rites
41 – Master and Apprentice
45 – Beru Whitesun Lars
47 – The Luckless Rodian
51 – Not for Nothing
56 – We Don't Serve Their Kind Here
62 – The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper
78 – Added Muscle
80 – You Owe Me a Ride
85 – The Secrets of Long Snoot
93 – Born in the Storm
99 – Laina
103 – Fully Operational
107 – An Incident Report
110 – Change of Heart
115 – Eclipse
123 – Verge of Greatness
129 – The Trigger
135 – Of MSE-6 and Men
148 – Bump
153 – End of Watch
158 – The Baptist
166 – Time of Death
174 – There is Another
181 – Palpatine
183 – Sparks
187 – Duty Roster
193 – Desert Son
199 – Grounded
206 – Contingency Plan
211 – The Angle
219 – By Whatever Sun
222 – Whills

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  • Spectre
  • BERRYTON, KS
  • 2017-11-13

Odd story's

My biggest problem with this book is the fact that they keep telling the same story over and over. Some points of views last for hours. Some of these story's are far too long, and are just bad. There are a few that are good, and some that are funny. But overall, I would say most are forgettable.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 2017-10-26

Very fun

An interesting look into the world of Star Wars outside of main story line; if not necessarily canon, still entertaining. The multitude of stories covered characters only glimpsed in the films but add a depth to the events of the main story line. Furthering the idea that the Force is intertwined and influences more than the reader may have originally thought.

Some of the stories dragged on a little longer and more repetitive than I would have liked and some of the voice acting was rather annoying to the point I almost skipped a story or two but thankfully stopped before I did.

All in all, a fun collection for any Star Wars fan than ever wondered, 'what's that guy's story?'

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  • Jesse
  • SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada
  • 2017-10-22

39 gems

The only complaint I have is with the story about the mouse droid. It might have been better to read but was unlistenable. Still the other 39 stories are good.

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  • Zachary
  • 2019-05-24

Good and bad

Since this book has so many authors and different story’s, some are really good and entertaining, others are boring and pointless. And the majority are just unimpressive

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