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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

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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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 40th 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 million - 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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No One has Raved About this yet?

Getting a secondary perspective on a New Hope adds so much incredible depth to the story and deepens the relationship SW fans may have on the film that started it all to an immeasurable degree.

If you are a SW fan and it has changed your life for the better you HAVE to get this audiobook!

And may I mention... it's canon...

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Chapter listing. Audible sucks



1 – Raymus
8 – The Bucket
13 – The Sith of Datawork
17 – Stories in the Sand
26 – Reirin
30 – The Red One
35 – Rites
41 – Master and Apprentice
45 – Beru Whitesun Lars
47 – The Luckless Rodian
51 – Not for Nothing
56 – We Don't Serve Their Kind Here
62 – The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper
78 – Added Muscle
80 – You Owe Me a Ride
85 – The Secrets of Long Snoot
93 – Born in the Storm
99 – Laina
103 – Fully Operational
107 – An Incident Report
110 – Change of Heart
115 – Eclipse
123 – Verge of Greatness
129 – The Trigger
135 – Of MSE-6 and Men
148 – Bump
153 – End of Watch
158 – The Baptist
166 – Time of Death
174 – There is Another
181 – Palpatine
183 – Sparks
187 – Duty Roster
193 – Desert Son
199 – Grounded
206 – Contingency Plan
211 – The Angle
219 – By Whatever Sun
222 – Whills

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A New View of A New Hope

What a fantastic collection of stories. Take a bunch of side characters who were bit parts in the original Star Wars movie and give them a story to tell. You remember those guys in the band playing the Cantina? Yeah, let's tell their story. Remember that little M1C6 droid who Chewbacca scared on the Death Star? Yeah, he has a story. How about the stormtrooper who Obi Wan used his Jedi mind powers to fool into believing that C3PO and R2D2 weren't the droids they were looking for? Fantastic continuation!
There are stories in here from a ton of angles, including Lando, Yoda, Obi Wan, and Mon Mothra, as well as that red R5 unit who blew up at Uncle Owen's farm and the monster in the trash room. These stories fill out a universe so well fleshed out already. Even things like the stormtrooper bopping his head on the door make sense now.
And the voices. Oh, the voices are so great. This book is just about the perfect book. What a great anthology of the Star Wars Universe's lesser known characters. I not only highly recommend this one but I, myself, will be listening to it several more times in the future.I have a new hope that they will do a project like this for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in short order.

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These are the Stories You’re Looking For

I’ve laughed, cried, gasped, snickered and smiled through this entire book and still want more. This is an ingenious idea to have the POV of so many characters whose appearances in the movie was minimal but whose contribution to the overall story was critical for the rebellion’s success. I hope they do this with Episodes 5 & 6 as well.

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Disappointing

I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Not over the top and wait in line dressed in costume, but love the story. I️ was super excited to find this book on audible. Then I️ started listening. Some of these stories were great. The first one might be the best. But then it really bogs down in Tatooine. Sole of the character voices were plain annoying to listen too. Later on the Death Star the mouse droid voice was also terrible. I had to fast forward through most of it. Still, in the end, I️ found the battle of Yavin exciting and ending on a good note.

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Well worth the time!

I have always been a fan of alternate viewpoints, and this is great. I don't care for all the stories, but that is what is great about an anthology of short stories. Some are great, some not so much, but overall the book is worth it.
Some of the voice actors are also better than others. But the fact that this is a full on production makes it wonderful. I have always wished that audiobooks had background music, and this does and more. Some clips from the original soundtrack, sound effects of laser blasts, howling wind, a hyperdrive, and voice modifiers for stormtroopers and Darth Vader. It is awesome!

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fine narration, crap writing.

The performances are fine, whatever. Not great, but not terrible. The writing however is just not good.

This book does to "A New Hope" what episodes 1,2, and 3 did to the star wars universe as a whole. Remember how The Force was sort of mysterious and unknowable, but then George told you that it's actually microscopic organisms in your blood called midichlorians, and they're super lame? This book does that to every single side character in the effing movie.

You might have thought when you were a kid "Hey that's a tough looking dude in the corner of the cantina." Well guess what, this book will show you that his name's Twerknob, and he's really sensitive and just trying to get back to his family on Planet Who-effing-cares.

I swear, instead of Mos Eisley being filled with dangerous people, this book tries to give everyone heart-warming back story. So much for a "wretched hive of scum and villiany". And that is coming from Ben - if anyone could see past the tough exterior to their hearts of gold (as this book would have you believe), it would have been Ben. But he says its wretched, so WRITE IT AS WRETCHED. Its really not hard, people.

All i'm asking for is a little creative vision that coheres with the source material, but this book doesn't have it.

I wouldn't suggest this book to anybody...

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Worst Star Wars book I have

I have ordered over 20 Star Wars audio books & they have all been pretty good to very good. This one was horrible! There are maybe 4 good stories in here. It was literally difficult to listen all the way till the end.

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wow! so glad i got the audio book.

this book is a fantastic full production that any fan will love. I am a fan, meaning I've seen the movies several times and will watch again. I haven't really explored the larger universe. I was considering the hardcover edition but settled on the audiobook. best credit I've spent in awhile.

these short stories are entertaining and full of sound effects. the voicing is excellent and brings you right into that world. a lot of love went into these.

my only complaint is about the audiobook chapters. they are all about 5 minuets long and are numbered 1-200 something. this makes it impossible to find that one story you'd like to hear again.

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Odd story's

My biggest problem with this book is the fact that they keep telling the same story over and over. Some points of views last for hours. Some of these story's are far too long, and are just bad. There are a few that are good, and some that are funny. But overall, I would say most are forgettable.

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  • LouiS T
  • 07-19-19

Entertaining & Thoughtful Stories

Isn't it funny how things come full circle? Many years ago I read. book called Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina. It was a selection of non canonical stories, written mostly by fans. Some of the stories were a little far fetched. R5 could use the Force in one of them. However it was a good read.

Hoping this book would also be a good read, I purchased the hard back. I couldn't get I to it. Life kept getting in the way and it was a big book. So when the opportunity arose I purchased the audio book. A brilliant ideas en if I say so.

This book brings together new characters, new background stories and tells the events surrounding the birth of the rebellion and the events in Episode 4 from another viewpoint. Voice acting is most good to superb, with some actors offering excellent mimicry of many of the Star Wars cast. If I was going to pick a favourite it would be There Is Another, (I think that's the title).

If you are a fan of Star Wars, I would get this. No questions. Who knows how long it will remain as Star Wars canon, or even if it is to start with? Get it while it's still relevant.

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  • Griffstar
  • 01-26-20

Must Listen for Star Wars Fans

This a book of hilarious and tragic backstories to A New Hope. I was blown away by some of the angles of personal stories. The tiniest details in the main film were thoroughly explored. It flashed out the Star Wars Universe and that is always a good thing. Why are you even reading this? Buy the book already!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-22

Not sure who this book is aimed at

Repetitive, contradictory, and a gay Tarkin.
Seems more like a badly edited fan fiction omnibus

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  • Russell
  • 09-21-21

An enjoyable new take on a well known story

Plenty of drama, some comedy, some tragedy - what more do you need? I skipped a couple of chapters but that's the benefit of these being short stories. Best chapter is probably the trash compactor creature's life story. Defo give this a punt if you like Star Wars.

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  • Brandon Bloc
  • 07-02-20

hugely overrated

So many hit and miss chapters I was skipping most of them could have been

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  • D. Parrish
  • 04-30-20

Even the Garbage Compacter creature has a story.

From the start of Star Wars episode IV, these are the stories of the cameo character's that appear and interact with the main characters. The Red droid at the farm, the Rodian bounty hunter, Grebbo before he gets blasted, Bobba Fett (chapter 15) is just funny as hell, but then I expect he was young, arrogant and cocky then, the Storm Troopers that weren't looking for those droids and many more. Even the creature in the garbage compacter has a story to tell.

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  • Chris
  • 09-23-19

This isn't the audiobook you're looking for


a couple of good short stories but that's it, unless you eat breathe and sleep Star Wars I wouldn't recommend this.

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  • Gosia Furmanik
  • 11-21-22

a very pleasant listen

Granted, some stories were better than others and I couldn't listen to the mouse droid story (but I think it's difficult to make it listenable given its format), but all in all it was enjoyable. You definitely have to know A New Hope quite well, or be willing to do some googling, if you want to make the most out of this book though.

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  • happy snapper
  • 10-17-22

Great book ruined by poor narration

I started reading this book when it very first came out but for one reason or another never got round to finishing, so thought I'd give the audiobook a try... what a disappointment, it's almost like half the voice actors have never seen star wars with the pronunciations they use, and just over the top voice acting that distracts from the already entertaining story. Most disappointing was the "sith of all data" story, this was an absolute favourite when I read it, however I couldn't wait to skip past it when listening!

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  • Jarek
  • 04-16-22

Very uneven

Very uneven. There are some great stories there but many (if not most) seems a little forced. For example, how many takes on the single “cantina” scene can you hear ;-)?
I ended up skipping around half of the stories.

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  • Gayle
  • 09-11-21

May the Force be with you!

An interesting take on the New Hope's story line from all the bit-part characters you recognise from the movie, even if some of them are on screen for only a minute or 2. I was surprised that Hammerhead didn't get his own story, he did get a figurine in the 70's, after all. An entertaining read for any Star Wars fan.

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  • Aaron F.
  • 03-19-21

Pretty bad overall

Couple good stories but majority were terrible. Established characters are completely changed for no good reason. A lot of stories were simply boring and added nothing good to the Star Wars universe. Performances were good throughout though.

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  • Jared Cockayne
  • 01-31-21

Interesting and Intriguing

For fans, really great insight of different Star Wars character perspectives from A New Hope

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-21

so good

this has made me so happy, hopfuly they do more to do with other parts of starwars

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  • Haemesh
  • 11-18-20

Really Enjoyed it.

Enjoyed a lot of the SW unverse expansion although some come close to opening up some plot holes etc.

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  • Gray Waterhouse
  • 05-28-20

A REALLY ENTERTAINING LISTEN

loved it. great to get the stories perspective from mostly peripheral characters. highly recommend

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  • Lee Klupfel
  • 06-05-19

Fantastic Listen.

Stories were great, production was great.

Really enjoyed the whole thing, and would certainly recommend.