Original 'Star Wars' Radio Adaptations Get New Offering

The adapted versions were originally created for NPR.
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The adapted versions were originally created for NPR.

With excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens building — in large part due to next week's Force Friday release of related merchandise — Humble Bundle and HighBridge Audio have teamed to offer fans a chance to revisit an obscure piece of Star Wars history while also helping out a worthwhile cause in the process.

The newly launched Star Wars audiobook bundle, which runs for the next two weeks, offers audiobook adaptations of a number of Star Wars comic books — including Star Wars: Dark Empire and Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith — as well as the Dark Forces novella trilogy by William C. Dietz. More excitingly for hardcore fans, however, is the possibility to pick up the radio adaptations of the original Star Wars movie trilogy.

The adapted versions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were originally created for NPR with writer Brian Daley adapting and expanding the movie scripts to create dramatically extended versions of each story (Star Wars runs six-and-a-half hours, although both Empire and Return of the Jedi have shorter runtimes).

Actors from the movies reprise roles in the adaptations — Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels being the biggest names to do so — although other recognizable names also appear in the cast list, including John Lithgow playing Yoda and Ed Asner as Jabba the Hutt.

The first of these adaptations, Star Wars, is available at the pay-what-you-want level of Humble Bundle contribution, with those that pay more than the average price at time of purchase also receiving The Empire Strikes Back. For those paying more than $15, Return of the Jedi will also be unlocked as downloadable content.

Proceeds from the promotion will go towards First Book and UNICEF, with customers able to select the allocation of funds towards each charity.