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Star Wars Episode I

The Phantom Menace
Written by: Terry Brooks
Narrated by: Alexander Adams
Series: Star Wars
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Erik Blythe
  • 19-03-05

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.

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  • rob
  • 05-11-09

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.

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  • blake fusco
  • 12-07-17

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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  • Lori Gollobit
  • 11-07-15

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.

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  • red geek chic
  • 18-10-15

sound effects ANNOYING couldn't finish

sound effects ANNOYING and distracting. George stop insulting our imagination it is rude and patronizing

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  • Jason
  • 20-12-13

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.

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  • Michael block
  • 27-12-18

has he ever seen the movies?

look the movie was bad enough but the reader! I don't think he has ever seen a single movie. mispronouncing names and didn't even try with voices. He clearly could give less of a shit and the book suffered.

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  • Kevin
  • 15-06-05

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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  • David P. Stinson
  • 28-02-10

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
  • 13-04-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

Sound effects .... to loud

While I enjoyed this book, and wasn’t overly put off by the sound effects and music at some times they were
way way too loud

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