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The iTunes Store beefed up its Audiobook selection this week with the addition of Star Wars novels. There are a total of 67 titles available for download, from the Timothy Zahn-penned trilogy of the mid-’90s, which re-ignited interest in the Star Wars franchise, to the more […]

Star Wars audiobookThe iTunes Store beefed up its Audiobook selection this week with the addition of Star Wars novels.

There are a total of 67 titles available for download, from the Timothy Zahn-penned trilogy of the mid-’90s, which re-ignited interest in the Star Wars franchise, to the more recent New Jedi Order and Legacy of the Force series, set decades after the original movie trilogy ended.

Unfortunately, with the exception of the Episode I, II & III novelizations, all of the titles are only available in abridged versions. Prices range from $12.95 to $18.95 for the abridged books while the three unabridged books cost $25.95-$31.95.

Strangely enough, the index page for all the titles is shown as being in the Music category instead of the Audiobooks category.

Personally, I’m a fan of both Star Wars and Audiobooks (not so much the abridged versions, though). Although it’s the most expensive of all the titles, I highly recommend the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization by Matthew Stover. A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but at nearly 14 hours in length, this book provides a lot more insight than the 2-hour film could hope to.

  1. [...] The Apple Blog just broke the news that Star Wars audio books are now available in iTunes. [...]

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  2. I absolutely love SW audiobooks, having purchased a bunch off eBay and also borrowing some from my local libraries. Unfortunately, I’ve had to pirate a few that I just can’t find locally or on eBay. This is a very welcome addition to the iTunes Store.

    I hope sales on these urge the publishers to release more unabridged versions, and ensure more future books.

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  3. I read the book for Episode 3. It filled in a lot of things for me when I saw the movie. The way the book was written would have made for a better movie.

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  4. I will never buy an abridged audiobook of any kind. What a waste of 70 titles. Does anyone go to the movie theatre to see a 20 minute mega blockbuster movie? No, we go to see 2 or 3 HOURS so you can have things like plots and character development.

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  5. I love audio books, but I will not waste my time with abridged audio books. What is the point, why do they even make them? I refuse to buy them. I’m a member of Audible.com, make regular purchases from Books-on-Tape and unfortunately must frequent the sites that offer the “old” bootlegs of unabridged books that are no longer available. I’ve been looking for Star Wars books for awhile but almost all are abridged and I just won’t waste my time.

    PLEASE, PLEASE someone produce unabridged copies of these titles, I would buy them all!

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  6. Having read The Thrawn Trilogy, I wouldn’t want to suffer through an abridged audiobook. You wouldn’t pay full price for a paperback, and then only read every second page, so why would anyone in their right mind accept the audio equivalent?

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  7. Books, or unabridged audio books for that matter, are better than films or TV series in some ways. Though the wonderful cinematics of Star Wars is a really big treat, sometimes, there’s just that satisfaction coming from conventional reading.

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