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Star Wars Episode I

The Phantom Menace
Narrated by: Alexander Adams
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports...in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space...unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captures the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins, the start of a legend, the story of Star Wars. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.
©2000 Terry Brooks (P)1999 Lucasfilm LTD. & TM.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Erik Blythe
  • 19-03-2005

Better than the movie

Much like with Episode II, Lucas trimmed down a LOT of the story for "pacing" reasons when he made the final cut of Episode I. Unfortunately, those things would have added quite a bit to the story. In addition, Lucas has many movie-making skills, but writing dialogue and directing are NOT two of them.

Fortunately, all three of those issues are fixed in the novelizations for Episodes I and II. If you're interested in Star Wars enough to even be reading this review right now, you'll probably enjoy the book. It was much better than the movie, and there's quite a bit of content that didn't exist in the film.

67 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • rob
  • 05-11-2009

More Insight

Like all books, the big advantage over the movie is the additional insight that you get. While the action does closely mirror the movie the book lets you get inside the minds of the main characters and understand them better. They also discuss the history of the Jedi and Sith, which is not discussed in the movie. There are also a number of scenes that didn't make it into the movie. I could have done without the sound effects though. They add nothing.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Lori Gollobit
  • 11-07-2015

Pretty Good

I'm a 13 year old girl that doesn't know anything about Star Wars but wanted to know more about it so I picked up this book. The story was amazing and kept my interest the entire way though. It was a bit slow getting to the main point in the story but the overall book was good. This book gave me a greater understanding of what Star Wars is about and that it's more then just a science fiction novel. I hope my review helped.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • 15-06-2005

Well written, but cheesy sound effects

It would have been better had they not used sound effects; while some of them are actual Star Wars sound effects, some clearly are not (including a really cheesy motorcycle sound effect for Annakin's speeder). That aside, the narration was quite good.

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  • blake fusco
  • 12-07-2017

It's pal-puh-TEEN.

If you can get past the presence of Jar jar Binks and the narrator pronouncing Palpatine wrong every...single...time he says it, then you should thoroughly enjoy this title. Fills in some back story that was left on the cutting room floor.

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  • Jason
  • 20-12-2013

The sound effects make me cringe

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Alexander Adams?

He sounds great! He did his best impersonating jar jar binks so you gotta give him that.

Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favorite?

As the narrator

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all the SW books chronologically leading up to this book. I have not finished it(3 hours in) but will suffer through the epicly horrible sound effects. Watto's wings sounding like someone shaking a book and Queen Amidala's holovid background noise sounding like a cheesy 50's twinkle, the dirt bike speeder sound that others complained about isn't half as bad. I couldn't wait for some of the sounds to end and that has not happened before.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David P. Stinson
  • 28-02-2010

Way Too Much

The sound effects are really annoying. They are so loud that they really take you out of the story. The story itself is okay, but skip this unless you can really tune out distractions.

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  • Robert
  • 13-04-2018

Worth a listen despite Jar Jar

Yes Jar Jar’s awful dialogue is still in the book (sigh) but there were several scenes that no doubt were trimmed out of the movie that make it worth a listen for the true Star Wars fan. I especially like to visualize the story in my head rather than have to deal with the stilted acting on the part of many of the characters while watching the movie itself. The narrator does a good job on the voices (unfortunately again Jar Jar, sigh). Having seen the movie several times the combination of the visuals that I remember from the movie and the sound effects in the book made for a pleasant experience.

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  • James N Bruce
  • 27-12-2016

Just the movie narrated?!?

I was excited to see the whole story collection available but I guarantee you'll be as disappointed as I was. It's simply the movie narrated no extra, no deeper plot, nothing.

Usually when you read the book that has a film the book explores new depths, adds insights, and gives even more joy to those who already loved the story. This just made me sad the the quality of this amazing story is blighted by the institution that seeks to make money instead of a quality product. I've canceled my order of the rest in this series and will seek my Star Wars from other sources.

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  • The Kindler
  • 26-08-2016

Star Wars I

Alright so I know that this gets lots of negativity but I really enjoy this book. The story is enjoyable and the extra scenes allow the listener to better understand some of the characters and their motivations. It does get slow for people who don't like politics but those were just fine for me...I guess I am kind of weird that way but they were intriguing because of the war of words instead of Lightsabers and blasters. Good story and very memorable characters.

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