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The Phantom Menace: Star Wars: Episode I [Mass Market Paperback]

Terry Brooks
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Feb. 29 2000 Star Wars


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.

On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming  a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.

This special edition features a brand-new Darth Maul short story by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Breathless . . . filled with action from page one.”—New York Post

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I normally don't read books after I've already seen the movie, and especially not books based on a screenplay. But since I like Star Wars, I thought I would make an exception with this book.
It went a little slowly since I already knew the story, but I did enjoy it the whole time. The book was pretty much right in line with the movie, but there is a some extra information in the book that you don't get in the movie, such as a better picture of Annakin's life before the Queen and her entourage show up on Tatooine, and a better understanding of the relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, and a more in-depth explanation of the Sith, and their background.
If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll probably like this whether you've seen the movie or not.
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Episode I had many problems, poor script, poor actors and indifferent direction, but the novel by Terry Brooks was definately a highlight for the movie. A strong adaption of the Lucas screenplay, Brooks gives stunning insight into the world of the Star Wars prequal. His writing about the Sith and about a young Anakin give the reader a much better grasp of the story while providing a dynamic setting. Overall, it's a top notch effort and well worth the readers time. I would like to see Brooks write in the regular expanded universe some time soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars kind of boring March 5 2004
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Author Terry Brooks was given the task to write the book adaptation of the first Star Wars prequel movie: "The Phantom Menace". The novel is based on the screenplay by George Lucas. As with any other book there are good things and bad things about this novel. In this case, the good and the bad are the same thing: Terry Brooks must stay close to George Lucas's screenplay. This is good because Brooks must stay close to what the movie would end up being. This is bad because the screenplay wasn't very good.
The story is obviously the same as the movie (though fleshed out a little bit more). Two Jedi are sent to negotiate with the Trade Federation over the Federation's blockade of Naboo. The Neimoidians, under the power of Darth Sidious, try to kill the Jedi (Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi). The Jedi escape and travel down to Naboo where they end up rescuing Queen Amidala and a few select Nubians. To hide from the Trade Federation they land on the planet Tatooine where they meet a boy named Anakin Skywalker. Their ship is damaged and to get the parts they need Anakin helps them win something called a podrace, which Anakin is a driver in (the only human who is able to do so). Qui-Gon believes this boy is strong in the Force and is the one mentioned in a prophecy about a boy who will bring balance to the Force. The novel has two primary focuses: the time spend on Tatooine with Anakin and freeing the Naboo from the Trade Federation.
There are some things that this novel does very well. The opening of the novel is different from the movie in that we see Anakin in the podrace where he is wrecked by Sebulba (alluded to in the film). We see how Anakin is able to race the pod so well and this is the hint of how he is able to use the Force even without knowing what it is.
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Ever heard the expression - "The book was better than the movie?" This time around, it appears to be true (see my review on the movie for an example) and the only writer who could save Lucas' loss of storytelling is Terry Brooks. There is a difference between this book and the others -the quality of the writer. I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was 4 years old and The Phantom Menace, as a movie, held so few good moments that it isn't timeless. The book is written in a mature fashion similar to the original "A New Hope" story. What I mean by this, and I'm not talking about gore, sex, and anything else that wouldn't be graphic in the Star Wars Universe, is that the story is told intelligently. The review seems to favor the author, rather than the story, but bear with me. You've seen the movie, liked it or didn't, I don't know. Anyone reading this review has a general idea in either case of the story. That stated, the only thing left to comment on is the life that Terry Brooks has brought to a shifty and often lifeless screenplay. That is a writers job and he did it well. I recommend seeing the movie, but before giving up all patience with the Prequel series, read the novel. The Force May Be With You ... again...
***The reviewer is author of: Amber Spirit: Poems & Stories (Hats Off Books, 2001) and a frequent magazine contributor & short story contest judge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie! April 6 2002
If you found the movie in any way disapointing, and even if you didn't, read this book! It's way better than the movie, which, while enjoyable was also confusing at some points, and I found it very difficult at times to connect with the characters. Not so with this book. Anakin especially was well done; I found him extremely annoying when I watched the movie, but here not only can we finally see what makes him so special, but we can even relate to him. Qui-Gon as well is much better portrayed here, and his relationship to Obi-Wan is better understood as well. The only character I felt could have been better was Padme/Amidala. The author was so intent on keeping us in the dark over who is who, that up until Padme reveals herself to Boss Nass as Queen Amidala we see her only through Anakin's adoring eyes and Qui-Gon's slightly disdainful ones. Until close to the end of the book nothing is from her point of view, which doesn't leave much room for fleshing out her character. Besides this however, I can say I would definitely recommend this book to any Star Wars fan, especially those dissapointed with how the movie turned out. A testement to how good this book is is that, for a moment or two, I even felt sympothy for Jar Jar!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good.
I was really hoping for some meat in this book. The way a typical novel has the ability to provide so much more detail and context than there's time for in the movie version. Read more
Published on July 15 2011 by J Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly adequate novelization of the film
While I did not judge Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as harshly as many Star Wars fans did, there can be no doubt that the film paled in comparison to the force of the... Read more
Published on July 4 2006 by Daniel Jolley
3.0 out of 5 stars "Clouded This Boy's Future Remains..."
Terry Brook's most famous contribution to bookstores is his "Shannara" series, which I personally found a bit too close to the Tolkien formula to find particularly... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by R. M. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Go beyond the film with Episode I's novelization......
Every saga, proclaims the tag line for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has a beginning, and every Star Wars movie has a novelization. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Alex Diaz-Granados
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE MOVIE
I got a much better insight into the characters than I did from the film. The book, WAS better than the movie
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Don
4.0 out of 5 stars "Kamylla" formerly of World Trade Center NYC
There is no doubt that Terry Brooks is a talented, intelligent writer to give him less stars than 4 would demean his standing in the best of the STAR WARS writers. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003 by Josephine Kaszuba Locke
4.0 out of 5 stars I Spake! therefore I am. 3.5 stars.
This is a review of the unabridged audio book. Alexander Adams is doing much of the reading for the prequel books and does a great job. Read more
Published on July 16 2003 by JediMack
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
Terry Brooks works around George Lucas' script to give an expanded view that a movie can't. Reading this helps fill in all those holes that were there in the movie and what gave... Read more
Published on May 15 2003 by A. J. Cherrington
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than average movie adaptation
You know you are in the hands of a capable writer when he manages to acheive the impossible: Making Jar Jar interesting. Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by Tyler Tanner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characterizations and Background Information
I enjoyed reading this novelization of the movie even more than seeing the movie. This book gave depth and background to the characters that was missing in the movie. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by reesah mouse
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