Yes! If you are a fan of Star Wars even a little bit then I would highly recommend this. Most of my knowledge is from the movies and this was a fantastic look 'behind the scenes' so to speak. I've already purchased more Star Wars audio books to listen to.
The narrator was engaging and the story flowed very well. It was fun to watch events unfold that you may have seen from the movies but the story certainly wouldn't be diminished if you haven't.
No I've not listened to any of his other performances but I am a fan now.
Hmmm I'm not really creative but maybe the Rise of the Empire.
Again if you've seen the Star Wars movies, and specifically speaking of episodes 1-3, you will have a whole new appreciation for the Sith. It was wonderful to get some history behind the order and delve deep into what makes some of the characters tick. I love that books can give you so much more than a movie and it makes it even greater when a book can weave itself into what many may already know as established lore. I honestly don't think you can go wrong here from the story to the performance.
I read, I write, I listen to books. I have worked as a scriptwriter for many projects some of which you can buy on Audible!
I will absolutely listen and read more books by James Luceno who is, without a doubt, my favorite Star Wars author. He has written so many books that I really enjoyed, filling in holes within the story- and there are many!
Unfortunately I found this book to be tedious, mainly because it's mostly about the politics and less about the characters. If there was anything that made the prequel movies difficult to watch (even more than Jar Jar in my opinion) it was the political discussions and talk about trade route taxation and government power plays. The reason the original trilogy works so well is because you have one political issue: The Empire is bad and the Alliance is trying to do something about it. The one political move the Emperor makes in the original trilogy is dissolving the Senate, which is handled in 3 lines of dialogue. (Heck, the force only gets 28 words of explanation in Episode IV, and Midiclorians don't come up at all)
All the maneuvering padded the book out to probably twice the length and didn't help it move. This is a painful thing to write because I ordinarily love James Luceno's work. Unlike another reviewer I COULD stop listening. In fact, I set it aside for almost 3 years, just finishing it now to be done with it.
Daniel Davis does a very nice job juggling so many characters.
Either Steven James Checkmate or a Raymond Benson James Bond.
He was good in all the roles, even Jabba. I think it was best when Palpatine is center stage.
The cast is already done. Virtually every character from Episodes I and II is here. It would need more action to be an exciting Star Wars movie or TV show.
I've known for years that authors working in someone else's kingdom, still Lucasfilm when this novel was written, have to abide by certain rules and narrative boundaries. When Margaret Wander Bonano is asked to autograph the Star Trek book Probe she signs on page 25, because that is the only page she wrote.
James Luceno is a great writer, and I WILL read and/or listen to more of his books. This one is a nugget as far as I'm concerned (and not in the good way). I don't mind that it sprawls and covers many years, and I love the idea that it's telling the story of Palpatine and Count Dukoo the way that it does. It's just that it's uncharacteristically boring in the way it does it. Conversations and political machinations are good if you're reading Issac Asimov's Foundation. If you want Star Wars you expect something to happen, for the walls to close in or a space battle to blow you out of your seat.
That doesn't happen here. This one is long on character and short on story. Star Wars should flop these around.
And I'm certainly not saying that anybody is wrong for liking this book. I read John LeCarre', and all of his stuff is character driven. But he doesn't write Star Wars.
And I WILL be reading Mr. Luceno's Rogue One intro novel.