If you've read any other Star Wars audiobooks then you're familiar with the awesome quality that comes with them, this one is no exception, an awesome performance by Daniel Davis as always, and the story itself is very satisfying...
Yes and hell yes! Star Wars books always make great audio books because of the subtle to not so subtle sound effects that keep you engaged.
Darth Bane trilogy for obvious reasons.
Those characters come alive with Davis as do their emotions or lack there of.
Must read for any Star Wars fan and makes Episodes I-III actually interesting.
A better book, and a narrator who tried a little less hard to sound serious and dark.
That he had the opportunity to tell an exciting, untold story from the dark past of this fictional universe, and instead filled it with even more details about The Banking Clan and intergalactic trade than the prequel movies had.
I'd preview it to see if he does the same overly deep, serious and pretentious voice in it, first.
Pretty much all of it. It does its best to cater to fans with the typical name-dropping of minor Star Wars trivia ("hey, somebody mentioned a planet that was visited in a Star Wars video game ten years ago!"), but it never creates any new compelling characters to follow - any that have a chance to become interesting are quickly killed off. I tried many times to make it through this, just for escapism (what else?) It got more interesting when Palpatine enters the story, because that character brings with him interest from previous media, i.e. Ian McDiarmid's relatively strong performance in the films, but it all began to feel like a story that was better left untold, better left as mystery, to the audience's imagination. It's always been a thing, like with Boba Fett - he was so interesting originally because we knew so little about him, and the more we found out about him, the less interesting he became. It was the same for me with Anakin Skywalker in the prequels, and now here, Palpatine and his mentor. I understand there's people who want to know more, I guess I did too, but as far as villains go, I think a glimpse of their past is often enough. There's no character here to respect and invest in, it's all greedy bad guys running around (well, not running, more like moving slowly and methodically), and there's no character development. And we know how it will all end. Not a recipe for a great literary fiction experience, or even a so-called guilty pleasure. I am not a big expanded universe hater, I've even enjoyed something else Luceno wrote, for what it was, and I'm not the biggest prequel movie hater. But regarding those contentious prequels to which this story is connected, this book makes similar mistakes, by focusing on a character who is not heroic, and boring the audience with a lot of tedious yet simplistic corporate/political goings-on, instead of more direct situations of adventure and drama.
If you like SW expanded universe stuff, maybe you'll love this. I've enjoyed a few things, but I've found the pieces (like this one) that tried to tackle more potentially serious and dark subject matter to be utterly lacking. If this was not connected to Star Wars, it would not likely have been published as even with that complex and popular connection, it's boring, and I went in to it with a good attitude too. But I suppose if you love everything Star Wars, this might be essential or something, and could be better than other related books out there.
For those that love the Star Wars universe, absolutely. It gives great insight into Palpatine's rise to power, and provides much needed backstory to the somewhat ham-handed recent films.
Overall, the voice performance and audio effects were fist class. Especially the voicing of the titlular character, it was just the right amount of hidden malice and all-knowing assuredness.The one drawback, for me personally, was there was SO much time spent on political intrigue and machinations, that after a while those plot areas became repetitive and dull to listen to. This is likely personal preference, but I did lose interest and have to replay some portions because my mind wandered away from the readings during these portions.
This is one Star Wars novel fans should listen, especially if sith and the dark side of the force is of great interest.
My favorite is Darth Plagueis. Very strong and wise. But also had a flaw. Narrator did a terrific job in making his voice sound very good.
There a few moments that took my full attetion.
Read/Listen to it. Start with Darth Bane trilogy and then read Darth Plagueis(this book), it will make this book more worth it.
I liked that this book ties together pieces of missing information from the movie series. Great read for Star Wars fans.
Understanding how Palpatine came to power
Yes, I would recommend to any Star Wars fan, it really helped fill in the blanks as to where Sidious got his start and training.
When Plagueis realized that he had been played by Sidious right before his death.
I had a hard time getting into the book at first since I really like the performances of Marc Thompson. As the story progressed I did like how Daniel Davis was able to keep the voice correct.
Great story, Great addition for any Star Wars fan, but I felt that James Luceno goes into great detail on items, or locations that really puts the reader into a long winded unnecessary discription.
Many Questions Answered
The story line gives tons of info on the background of some major players in the Star Wars Universe
Very Very difficult to stop listening. Usually listened on my drive back and forth to work and actually made me wish the drive was longer.
If you have the chance to listen to/read this book take it! One of the better written story lines for the Star Wars book. Compares to story lines written by Timothy Zahn for sucking you in. Well worth it!!
I think this was a good story. It was interesting hearing the story from the perspective of the sith. I liked the details that the went in to describing the rise and fall of Darth Plagueis. And also liked the details in the rise of Darth Sidious. It'll make you watch the movies in a new way because of the detail this book went into to describing how Plagueis and Sidious planned everything. I don't want to go into too many details because I don't want to spoil the book for those that haven't listened to it. It is a book I would recommend to people to listen to if you are a star wars fan.
Yes, I will listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again because I didn't get everything the first time. The book covers a great deal of history and jumps ahead in time making me feel like I missed important details. I think the book could easily have been a series but I think Luceno still did a very good job explaining the history of the Sith and how their need for power shaped the galaxy. From the point of view of the Sith, I found myself feeling bothered by the inability of the Jedi to halt the advancement of the dark side. The Jedi come across as formidable but blind to the darker forces that ultimately force them to act as marionette in this great tragedy.
I bookmarked the Chapter 11 / 5:31:44 when Darth Plaguesis asks the young Palpatine, "What possible use do you think you think a person of your nature would be to the Jedi order?" and then tells him he is "heartless, ambitious, arrogant. insidious, and without shame or empathy. More you are a murder". It made me laugh out loud and I played it again, imagining the fury in Palpatine. I was a bit disappointed by the limited understanding of psychology as it relates to mental illness and trauma. Their code of confidentiality seems to be based on our current profession of psychiatry, which is very immature in dealing with the human mind much less the psyche of other species. There was no advancement in treatment and the author did not explore genetics, cognition or other treatments despite all the experiments being done by Plaguesis. Consequently, the dark side is reduce it to pain and suffering and a need for power and control. Perhaps that is in keeping with the Disney tradition.
I was very impressed with Daniel Davis' performance. He gave each character a distinct voice that made it clear who was speaking, including the narration. I was also impressed with the use of sound to enhance the different scenes but on occasion the background noise did become distracting.