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Brought to you by Penguin.

Celebrate the legacy of The Empire Strikes Back with this exciting reimagining of the timeless film featuring new perspectives from 40 acclaimed authors. 

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars became a true saga with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. In honor of the 40th anniversary, 40 storytellers recreate an iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains, to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors and trendsetting artists: 

  • Austin Walker explores the unlikely partnership of bounty hunters Dengar and IG-88 as they pursue Han Solo.
  • Hank Green chronicles the life of a naturalist caring for tauntauns on the frozen world of Hoth.
  • Tracy Deonn delves into the dark heart of the Dagobah cave where Luke confronts a terrifying vision.
  • Martha Wells reveals the world of the Ugnaught clans who dwell in the depths of Cloud City.
  • Mark Oshiro recounts the wampa's tragic tale of loss and survival.
  • Seth Dickinson interrogates the cost of serving a ruthless empire aboard the bridge of a doomed Imperial starship.

Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking and astonishing tales from:

Tom Angleberger, Sarwat Chadda, S.A. Chakraborty, Mike Chen, Adam Christopher, Katie Cook, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Christie Golden, Rob Hart, Lydia Kang, Michael Kogge, R. F. Kuang, C. B. Lee, Mackenzi Lee, John Jackson Miller, Michael Moreci, Daniel José Older, Amy Ratcliffe, Beth Revis, Lilliam Rivera, Cavan Scott, Emily Skrutskie, Karen Strong, Anne Toole, Catherynne M. Valente, Django Wexler, Kiersten White, Gary Whitta, Brittany N. Williams, Charles Yu, Jim Zub

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 organisations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children's books - valued at $1,000,000 - to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.

©2020 Seth Dickinson, Kiersten White, Martha Wells, R. F. Kuang, Hank Green (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Awesome

While I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first, its still brilliant. looking forward to more.

easily my favourite chapter in both books are the keepers of the whills.

I want a whole book from the keepers of the whills by Jonathan Davis and Marc Thompson, they're funny as hell and its a bit sad their chapter is so short.

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Entertaining but nothing special.

In general this book is a collection of amusing stories with just a handful of them noteworthy. Certainly better than the previous "Star Wars From Certain Point of View", but most of the stories are lacklustre and add absolutely nothing of value to the Star Wars Universe. The performances are overall good, with just a few really bothersome due to exaggerated sound effects o irritating voice acting, especially the way the Ugnaughts squeal every time they talk in the story “Bespin Escape”.

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Successfully adding to the legend!

As always with anthology books, the stories will appeal to different people for different reasons. Standouts are the tales about the Millennium Collective and 21B but there are no duffers here. Well worth your time, can't wait for Jedi's collection!

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Essential Star Wars Listening /Reading

This is a wonderful collection of stories fleshing out background characters, and even introducing new background ones, throught the original film. Some fantastic extrapolation gives meaningful stories. The audio version has performers/narrators and sound effects that make it so immersive.

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The force is not strong with this one.

This collection invoked the ‘Tales from …’ series by Kevin J Anderson from the mid 90s. Sadly they’re not a patch on them. The stories are a very mixed bag that at best add nothing to the overarching narrative of The Empire Strikes Back and at worst actually start to taint some the characters and events from the film. The narration is mediocre at best, annoying at its worst. Not for me.

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its missing something...

I struggled with this book. The first about Star Wars was a joy. It reminded me of the days before Disney. This time the stories weren't so interesting, the falcon's 3 computers for example was very poor.

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more excellent stuff

as with the first hook, a lot if background is fleshed out. ESB is my favourite film, to hear about veers and ozzie was great

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Amazing

A Great set off amazimly written stories that give alot of incite into the star wars universe during a new hope featuring tales off discovery, heroism, humour, joy, fear, happiness, sadness, victory, tragedy and above all hope.

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A variety of stories to dip in and out of..

I enjoy the Star Wars films but I'm also a gamer, and was looking for something a little different to the usual mainstream content that is currently popular.

This collection of short stories was ideal, as each wasn't too long and I could dip in and out of it alongside listening to other audiobooks. The stories center around the people you see in the films behind the main characters,or stood off to one side. Guards, dock workers and even animals are all represented and their lives and short story arcs add flesh and depth to the Star Wars universe.

The voice cast is generally good. There was only one story that I didn't like listening to as I didn't think the voice used for the characters fitted well. Sound effects are consistent with what we recognise from the films. Blasters sound like blasters, and TIE fighters have their signiature scream.

The stories are very varied. Rebel, Imperial or neither, the characters are bounty hunters, or Imperial fleet officers, on dust ball planets, asteroids and swamps. Do you know what happened on Cloud City after the Imperials took over? What about the origin story of Howlrunner? I do...

In summery, if you enjoyed reading the Star Wars books about Boba Fett, or what Luke and Leia did after the The Return of the Jedi, I would recommend this audiobook. The characters are complelling, the audio quality is good and it's a very easy listen.

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Outstandingly presented

Outstandingly presented and very witty in places. Loved it... not for the Return of the Jedi!!!

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A let down compared to the first.

While the stories were all well written, it was filled with so many stories about characters who didn't even appear on screen, and we're uninteresting, while some characters who did appear on screen, such as Lobot, did not get their own story, and would have been more interesting.

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  • 14-05-22

Mixed Bag

This collection of short stories is a good addition to Episode V. Some are great, others - boring. Some are hilarious, others - sad. Some provide important insights to the original story, while others are of no relevance at all. There is a strong trend towards diversity and the boundaries are pushed way further than in Ross Kemp's Lords of the Sith. I would not recommend it to the youngest Star Wars fans.

The narrators are great, there is suitable background music and the usual sound effects. However, the lack of cooperation between the different stakeholders is disappointing. Male narrators perform Princess Lea, while female - Darth Vader.