This is a spoiler-free review of the audiobook presentation of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The review of the expanded edition of the novelization by Mur Lafferty can be found here.
I don’t typically listen to a lot of audiobooks, but when I was presented with the opportunity to review the audiobook presentation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I jumped at the chance. I love the film, and I was very pleased with the expanded edition novelization by Mur Lafferty. I was curious to see how the audiobook would stack up, and I’m happy to say it rises to the task.
Marc Thompson’s reading of Solo is exceedingly enjoyable — and this was my first experience listening to him read a Star Wars novel. He performs all the voices and manages to capture the essential essence of each one. Of note is his outstanding version of Tobias Beckett. His Woody Harrelson is so dead-on, it took me aback at first. And I mean that in the best way possible. The inflection and emphasis vary at times from the performances in the film, so sometimes certain lines have a slightly different feel. It’s just an observation, really. It doesn’t alter the meaning or significance of scenes or dialogue.
Original Star Wars music is used throughout, but nothing directly from the Solo score itself. On occasion, that took me out of the story. At times, I was listening to events in Han Solo’s life, but hearing music more associated with Luke Skywalker. It’s not a major complaint — all Star Wars music is amazing, after all — I’m just so used to John Powell’s score after seeing Solo many times during its theatrical run and listening to the soundtrack non-stop since May. I’m a bit of a fan.
This audiobook is unabridged, with a running time of 9 hours and 32 minutes, so you are receiving all the content from the novelization. I won’t go into all of that content here, as I covered that in my book review, but the additional material presented enriches the audiobook presentation every bit as much as it did the novelization, if not more. Several of these scenes will be included in the home release of the film, but as is typical of deleted scenes, they’ll be separate from the film. In the audiobook, they’re part of the continuous story and are presented in such a way that you can easily visualize them playing out in your mind’s eye. Audio effects and ambient sounds really add to the overall experience.
The audiobook presentation of Solo: A Star Wars Story stands well on its own, or as a complement to the novelization. Both flesh out the film in exciting and new ways. Highly recommended!
You can purchase the complete unabridged audiobook of Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition, written by Mur Lafferty and read by Marc Thompson, now from Amazon.
Thank you to Random House Audio for providing this audiobook of Solo: A Star Wars Story for review purposes.
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