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The Sounds of Star Wars

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Any Star Wars fan can mimic Darth Vader's voice or Chewbacca's roar with ease. But how many of them would be able to identify the lion's roar used in the sound of the Millenium Falcon's engine? In this aurally astonishing and visually engaging book, New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler reveals the illuminating history of the sounds that make the Star Wars unive ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Chronicle Books (first published 2010)
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This book is awesome. The "kiddy" press-and-play interface and sheer bulkiness might turn some readers off, but don't let the buttons fool you; this is a serious book, and it's fascinating.

The Sounds of Star Wars chronicles the work of sound designer Ben Burtt, along with other talented and hardworking people, on the Star Wars films (including the prequels, and the animated Clone Wars series). Each movie gets is own introduction, which gives a basic timetable for how the sound was produced, the
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, nonfiction
Let me lead with this: This is by far the best I have ever heard ;) For an auditory person like me, who has often dreamed of Foley work, it's a dream come true, giving a truly unique and never boring glimpse behind the scenes of the process of Star Wars in a way most people have probably never imagined. Bonus points for a segment on the origins of the Wilhelm screen, and enough obscure Star Wars trivia to make you truly a delight at parties and informal get-togethers!

If I'm honest, though, ther
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars is one of the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time (second only to the Marvel universe, which isn't exactly fair, considering how it is comprised of over 30 films), and most people would probably say this is due to the incredible story writing and imaginative worlds and aliens, the special effects, the top-notch casting and great acting, and/or John Williams’ fantastic scores; but something that gets very little credit despite playing a huge, albeit largely subconscious, part ...more
Marsha Stokes
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I know many of you may be thinking, "Of course she gave it five stars. It's Star Wars!" But really, for the kind of book this is, I thought they did a fabulous job. Now, there's no plot or characters like in a typical novel. This book is completely historical in nature. So, my rating of five stars is supposed to reflect the quality of how this kind of book is put together and presented.

First of all, you might be saying, "How can a book be about sounds? Books are silent!" But, if you wil
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes Star Wars, special effects.
Recommended to Tanya by: my son
I bought this book for my son thinking he would enjoy it. I finally got around to reading and experiencing it. I very much enjoyed it. I have always had a passing interest in how sound is made for movies and sound effect design. This gives small hints into the sound production of the various Star Wars Movies. I found the limited biography of Ben Burt to be fascinating. (The man has skills to use his own voice, collect and catalog sound, look at a scrip and figure out how many sounds he can antic ...more
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you have any interest in sound design and effects for film, this is a great book. It comes with a built in speaker as well as an audio out jack for headphones/etc. (I recommend the latter). Covering all 6 Star Wars films in addition to the Clone Wars animated series, it covers Ben Burtt's designs of all of the main sound effects of the Star Wars universe, including some snippets of dialogue. Reading along and then playing the sound samples that go along with the images being discussed was a n ...more
Dennis Brock
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome Book! I love Ben Burrt, the sound designer of all the Star Wars films, and this gives a very good account of all his groundbreaking and innovative sound design throughout the years. If your a fan of behind the scenes type of stuff, and desire to understand the process of making films, then this is for you!
Jose F.  Martin del Pozo
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
very interesting book on sound design. As other reviewers mentioned, it's a bulky book with a kid's-book-touch-this-button feel, but the description on how Ben Burtt and co created a galaxy of sound is very in-depth. I just feel the book is not really well balanced: the section about the prequel trilogy is much shorter than the one about the original films. ...more
Sean Williams
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a qualified sound engineer (but not a very good one) and in another life I pursued a career in music or foley instead of writing words, so this book is an absolute dream. To be able to hear the effects while reading about them is a such a joy. I love it! ...more
Whit Preston
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love just playing some of the sound effects within the sound effect player included. Even better is the fact that the origins of the sounds are described. Chewbacca's grumble and grunts mostly came from bear grumbles and grunts. How cool! ...more
Charlie Kaufman
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is always fun as a Star Wars fan to learn more about the movies. This is book is a history of how the famous sounds from the movie were created and developed. I would recommended this to anyone who is a fan of Star Wars or special effects.
Christopher Bailey
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Way fun, though the sounds and storytelling get recycled by the time you get to the prequels.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once I was able to get the sound effects to actually work, I loved this book.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! Excellent sound library and great background info.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Superfun - with lots of stills from the movies and the 'kneuterige' sound system. It's kept me and our son amused for a good many hours ...more
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J. W. Rinzler has authored over 20 books including two New York Times bestsellers and a #1 best-selling graphic novel. With more than 600,000 copies in print, his books have been translated into seven languages.

J. W. Rinzler grew up in Manhattan, New York City, and then in Berkeley, California. He fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and othe

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