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When the movie came out and even a few years after, I caught a lot of thoughts about the movie, mostly negative. Jar Jar Binks was not well liked. The actor who played young Anakin Skywalker was compared to cardboard. And also the way the force went from a mystical concept to a medical condition that can be measured by a blood test. None of those things bothered me about the movie or the book. Some of Jar Jar Binks moments made me laugh. ( )
  mainrun | Apr 17, 2015 |
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is an absolute must for any Star Wars fan. The story of how Anakin Skywalker won his freedom from slavery and began his quest as a Jedi that would eventually lead to his becoming the galaxy conquering Darth Vader is simply amazing.

Terry Brooks has successfully adapted a gripping masterpiece and made a book that is a fun and easy read. I could read an entire novel just about Anakin Skywalker going about his life as a slave on Tatooine.

Perhaps the very best quality of this novel is that it includes several chapters of great material that wasn't included in the movie. This makes for an interesting read because you never know when something new that you have never before seen might jump out at you from among the familiar.

Overall, it's highly enjoyable and pretty easy to read too. I recommend this book to any person who likes Star Wars. ( )
  Revan97 | Aug 18, 2014 |
It explains some things left out of the movie. I enjoyed it but would probably read it before watching the movie ( )
  codewitch | Nov 10, 2013 |
Well, the novelization improved slightly on a truly horrible, one-star movie, so that sounds like two stars to me. ( )
  benjamin.duffy | Jul 28, 2013 |
This novelization is better than the movie, but it's still a shoddy book. Author Terry Brooks did the best he could with the cartoonish schlock he was given.

For Star Wars fans who view the prequels as an abomination: I recommend Red Letter Media's scathing NSFW review of Episode 1. Search YouTube for "Harry Plinkett Phantom Menace Review." ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Feb 15, 2013 |
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The novelization of Episode I: The Phantom Menace was written by Terry Brooks, best known for his Shannara fantasy series. While Brooks, for the most part, follows the script very closely, he also adds several new scenes which cast the story in a different light, making this novelization a very interesting read.
 

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.

The Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, young Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with the protection of Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. This quest brings Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and one of the Queen's young handmaidens to the sand-swept streets of Tatooine and the shop where the slave boy Anakin Skywalker toils and dreams of finding a way to win freedom from enslavement for himself and his beloved mother. His only hope lies in his extraordinary instincts and his strange gift for understanding the "rightness" of things. It is this unexpected meeting that marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend . . .
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345427653, Hardcover)

If you've seen The Phantom Menace in a theater--and, judging from the 1999 box-office figures, who hasn't?--you've probably been a bit frustrated by the speed with which the fantastic images and creatures fly past. There's no such problem with this audiobook. All the excitement of the Star Wars prequel is there, but this time there's breathing room, a chance to meet the characters, let them walk around in your imagination, hear their thoughts. Actor Alexander Adams's reading of fantasy master Terry Brooks's novelization is brisk but never rushed, punctuated at chapter breaks by snippets of John Williams's movie score. Unfortunately, those who hate amphibian pest Jar Jar Binks's voice probably won't find Adams's approximation any less obnoxious than the movie's. (Running time: 9.5 hours, 6 cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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This story is the novelization of the beginning of the entire Star wars drama. The nature of the Force is illuminated as the emerging Federation strives for power against the waning democracy of the Republic. Characters include: a young slave boy who aspires to be a Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, later known as Darth Vader; a pair of Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Knobi and Qui-Gon Jinn; 2 Sith Lords, Darths Maul and Sidious; a couple of familiar droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, along with a cast of warrior droids; and, the young stately Queen Amadila.… (more)

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