From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) By: Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Nnedi Okorafor, Sabaa Tahir 

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
Series: Star Wars
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 10-03-17
Publisher: Random House Audio

So you’ve seen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  Maybe you’ve seen the Lucas recuts.  We’ll you still haven’t seen it all.  “From a Certain Point of View” re-tells the original Star Wars movie from the points of view of several other characters in the movie.  This fun revisiting of the movie that started it all combines the original story with some of the fun that was going on in the background.  For example; whether you think Greedo or Han shot first, how did Greedo end up in that cantina looking for Han Solo?  That segment of the movie is told from his point of view and even up to his final words before Solo shoots him.  

What this book does is take the approximately 2 hour original movie and by looking through the eyes of the other characters gives you a 15 hour seemingly real time adventure.  Everything from the musicians in the Cantina, the Jawas capturing and then selling R2-D2 and C3PO, to even the R5-D4 astromech robot that blew up providing Luke’s Uncle the opportunity to keep R2 & 3PO together work together to bring you the same story but with more fun.

I totally enjoyed hearing the story told through all the characters in the Cantina and on Tatooine, sometimes the same moment over and over but through different points of view.  A couple of my favorite stories were told by the 2 stormtroopers who knew those were the droids they were looking for but let the old man and kid pass anyway.  Another fun story was one told of the mouse droid who only appeared in the movie for a few seconds in the actual movie only to be scared off by Chewbacca.  That little droid had a great backstory.

This audiobook was more fun than I had thought it would be, I only hope they can do the same with the other movies.  Maybe then they can make the prequels bearable.


Publisher’s Summary
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