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Publisher's Summary

DK Audio presents the audiobook edition of I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, written and read by Anthony Daniels.

Including a foreword written and read by J. J. Abrams and a selection of music from the Star Wars films, composed by John Williams.

"The odds of me ever writing a book were approximately...Oh, never mind. My golden companion worries about such things - I don’t. I have indeed now written a book - telling my story, in my voice, not his - recognising that our voices and our stories are inextricably intertwined."

When Star Wars burst on to the big screen in 1977, an unfailingly polite golden droid called C-3PO captured imaginations around the globe. But C-3PO wasn’t an amazing display of animatronics with a unique and unforgettable voice-over. Inside the metal costume was an actor named Anthony Daniels.

In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film - from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

With a foreword by J. J. Abrams, this audiobook is a nostalgic look back at the Skywalker saga as it comes to a close. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story reveals Anthony Daniels’ vulnerability, how he established his role, and what he accomplished, and it takes listeners on a journey that just happens to start in a galaxy far, far away.

"Gloriously witty, keen and spirited" (J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Music from the original motion picture soundtracks for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi was composed and conducted by John Williams. It was performed by the London symphony orchestra in 1977, 1979/80, and 1983. Copyright to the remastered 2018 recordings are held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd. Music from the original motion picture soundtracks for A Phantom Menace was composed and conducted by John Williams. It was performed again by the London Symphony Orchestra in 1999. Copyright to the remastered 2018 recordings are held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd. Music from the Star Wars movie The Force Awakens was composed by John Williams, conducted by John Williams and William Ross and performed by the Hollywood Freelance Studio Symphony in 2015. Copyright to the 2015 recording is held by Walt Disney Records & Lucasfilm Ltd.

©2019 Anthony Daniels (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"Gloriously witty, keen and spirited" (J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

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A fun story to listen to.

I’m really not a non-fiction kind of guy. I like my stories to take me away from the here and now, but when I saw this book set a long time ago in my favorite galaxy far, far away, I knew that this was one to go for.

I went with the Audible version of I Am C-3PO, and what could be better than listening to C-3PO narrate his own story. Anthony Daniels’ clear, crisp voice lends itself naturally to the narration of an audio book. It really would have been a letdown if they had gotten someone else to narrate this book.

Daniels made me laugh, he destroyed the movie magic (or at least dissected it). I found it interesting to learn how Lucas created all those magical scenes that were such a real part of my youth. He even left some teasers for the upcoming film, perking my interest for its not so far off release.

As I got further into the book, I began to have some mixed feelings about it. I’ve grown a bit cynical in my old age, my innocent youth left far behind. Why this book now? Did Daniels feel like he had a story to tell and had finally gotten around to getting it out there? Did he think that this was one final cash grab he could make in conjunction with this upcoming film? Or, this is where I get a bit more sinister, did The Magical World of Disney approach Daniels suggesting this book now; using the most powerful force in the universe – nostalgia - to harness all of the fans of the original trilogy into getting off their butts and into the theater? But Disney wouldn’t be that savvy at marketing, would they?

In the end, whatever the motivation, I Am C-3PO was a fun story to listen to. Daniels was an exceptionally entertaining narrator and I enjoyed my time with him. Isn’t that what anyone really wants from a book?

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I absolutely loved the book. I enjoyed hearing Anthony Daniels talk about the experience of playing C-3PO and being a part of the star wars universe. It gave a greater appreciation for the work that was given to bring C-3PO to life.

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So Great Hearing Anthony Read It!!

This is a great example where hearing the author read his own book is so much more satisfying.

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THE MAN IN THE DROID!

I could listen to Anthony Daniels again and again. He's entertaining and heartfelt. I loved hearing his perspective of the Star Wars saga right from the moment he was chosen to be our favorite golden droid. Lots of love for this memoir and lots of respect for Anthony Daniels.

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  • Chris G. Haring
  • 2019-11-25

Great listen before the final chapter

Great behind the scene stories makes me want to go back and rewatch the original trilogy to find those Easter eggs.

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  • 2019-11-22

A must listen for any Star Wars fan

This is perhaps the best self-narrated autobiography that has ever been released. Anthony Daniels is a true joy to listen to. He reveals details of all 9 films that I never heard before. Just hearing his wonderful voice makes any fan smile.

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  • Anthony Tse
  • 2019-11-24

A Life of Being That Droid

Great walk down memory lane with Anthony Daniels, as C3PO or just Threepio. I have the autographed copied of the book, but hearing it from Daniels, himself, is having him tell the story to you...so much better than reading it on pages. Story begins in 1977, and now, 2019, will end the Threepio story with Rise of Skywalker. Wonderful audiobook, a Star Wars fan collectible.

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  • Jean
  • 2020-05-10

Great

I enjoyed this memoir. I have seen the Star Wars movies in bits and pieces. One of these days I will sit down and watch them in order and all the way through. I was surprised to learn there was a man inside the costume of C-3PO. I guess I thought it was an animated robot with a man doing the voice.

The book is well written. Daniels provides information and in-sight into his role as C-3PO; but, not a lot of information about the movie or other actors, which worked out fine for me. If you are a C-3PO fan, you will enjoy this memoir.

The book is nine hours and twenty-seven minutes. Anthony Daniels does a good job narrating his own book.

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  • Melanie Armstrong
  • 2020-09-24

Thank the Maker!

If you are a Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy this delightful memoir by Anthony Daniels giving his unique perspective on his involvement in the SW saga. He even talks about the infamous SW Holiday Special, as well as C-3PO's visit to the Donny & Marie show in the late 70s.

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-07-30

Entertaining but not interesting.

I really wanted to love this book, to get Anthony Daniels perspective and thoughts on C-3PO. You get a little bit of that, most of this book is him complaining about not getting enough recognition. He also has constant jabs at George Lucas and the prequels, even suggesting that only children could enjoy the prequels. That definitely erked me a bit.

His "insights" aren't every insightful, Most of the time he just talks about how uncomfortable he was in the suit. It begins to get very repetitive, also he will just gloss over most of the movies with episode 4 and 9 getting the most attention.

If you wanted to learn more about Anthony Daniels the person, this isnt the book for you. This is just his experience of playing C-3PO and is brief thoughts on the making of the movies. If your a big enough star wars fan to read this book, you'll probably already know most of the behind the scenes details that he writes about.

Hearing about the stuff outside of the movies was easily the most interesting, hearing about his work on star tours and several lego projects was really interesting. His involvement in the original star wars celebration was great to read. His performance reading the book was genuinely great, I'd be happy to listen to more books narrated by him.

I have allot of respect and admiration for Anthony Daniels and what he brought to Star Wars, it truly wouldn't be the same without him. This was an entertaining read/listen, just not an overly interesting one.

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  • 2020-02-02

Delightful!

The first time I saw this in the bookstore I almost bought it, and flipping through it I decided to put it back on the shelf. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was 9 years old when the first film hit the screens. And who doesn't love C-3PO? The book seemed to be made up of short anecdotes about the making of the films from Mr. Daniels' perspective. I thought to myself, this might be even better as an audiobook. A month or so later I decided to download and listen to the Audible version. What a delightful piece of storytelling! Listening to Anthony Daniels narrating his own stories of the thrills and spills, the joys and frustrations of being C-3PO made me walk around with a silly grin on my face whenever it was playing. Often I laughed out loud and occasionally it made me misty-eyed. I got a huge kick out of Mr. Daniels' changing his voice to sound like the other people in his story-- George Lucas, Mark Hammill, Ewan McGregor-- and when he impersonates Sir Alec Guinness he sounds EXACTLY like the legendary actor. (It's easy to forget that C-3PO was trained and has worked as a classical stage actor.) If you are a fan of Star Wars, I highly recommend listening to this book.

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  • VAI
  • 2020-09-16

Stories from an Icon

And speaking of icons...seriously, why have we not yet made that Oscar Statue a tiny C-3PO yet? And then give this man an Oscar? This story gave me a deeper appreciation to the work it took to make 3PO a fully realized being you fall in love with from the start. This was such a fun listen, and so honest- Mr Daniels pulls no punches in the most polite, lovely way. This is one of those autobiographies I’ll end up listening to more than once. For having such a limited field of view behind that mask, this man saw so much over his decades giving life and humor to this beloved droid. Thank you!

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  • john
  • 2019-11-27

The human inside C-3PO

I have really enjoyed this book. Thank you for writing it. And whether you intended it or not, I will now and forever more see the human inside C-3PO.

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  • Dogs-plants-yoga
  • 2020-08-21

So glad I got this

I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I got everything I could’ve wanted from this book. Lots of lore, stories about on-set mishaps, insider info about cast and crew. Anthony shares his personal story in such a touching and honest way.

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