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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

Written by: Renée Ahdieh,Meg Cabot,Pierce Brown,Nnedi Okorafor,Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis,Ashley Eckstein,Janina Gavankar,Jon Hamm,Neil Patrick Harris,January LaVoy,Saskia Maarleveld,Carol Monda,Daniel José Older,Marc Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

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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Blahhh.

This is not only boring, it is possibly annoying. Who cares about the supporting characters of the star wars universe. The sample I listened to was ok and left me mildly intrigued. Don’t be fooled. If you want to know what storm troopers talk about on their lunch break or what sand people do in their spare time, be my guest. For me this is a hard pass. I couldn’t even tolerate listening half way through.
If you buy this after reading my review, I have no pity for you.

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So boring

I ignored the negative reviews because I am a Star Wars fan. Do not make my mistake, you will be bored with a bunch of cantina stories that don't matter.

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Generally good but some stories are pointless

I quite enjoyed the book enough that I will be purchasing the next volume in the series. The stories are pretty good although a few are quite pointless. The one story that really drove me crazy was MSE-6 and Men. The story is almost an hour long and 40 minutes of it is a robot doing system checks. Maybe on paper you could read through it much faster but having to listen to it is really difficult. The story in itself is fine and pretty interesting but the constant system checks really derailed any momentum the story has. Probably one of the hardest listening experiences of any audiobook I've had. With that aside the rest of the book is pretty good. I would recommend this to any Star Wars fan except for that one story. I recommend keeping your finger on the fast forward button when you get tired of listening to system checks.

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Great collection of short stories that add depth

This book is a collection of short stories about minor characters from A New Hope. As the other reviews mention, the stories are quite varied in character, with some being much more worthwhile to listen to than others. There are definitely a few surprise cameos by characters who I didn't expect to see in the book.

There is really nothing to complain about in the performances. Generally, they do a great job. There are also sound effects and background noises/music which make the stories much more immersive to listen to.

I found that the book started off quite strong, was a bit lacking in the middle, but came back strongly towards the end. Will you love every single short story in this book? No, definitely not. But, when viewed as a whole, you will probably enjoy the book. The stories flesh out ANH and give it much more colour and life than it originally had. For instance, the Battle of Yavin stories seemed to really make it clear just how much was on the line and how much of a human cost there was to that victory.

Overall, it was an enjoyable listen, and if you're a Star Wars fan you will enjoy it.

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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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