The prequel to the prequels. This book offers the reader a glance into the life of the most sinister vilians of the star wars galaxy. The author expertly ties in this story to the movies (all three of the prequels) in such a way that leaves the listener feeling satisfied as If he's now being told the answers to questions he wasn't aware he had! Mr. Davis's narration, dark and deep, adds to the overall feel of the book drawing the listener deeper into the story and the expanded universe. If there is one book I wish was still considered Canon, it's this one. A must read.
If you like the politics, instead of fighting, you'll love this book. for me, it was just ok compared to Bane trilogy which was amazing. worth listening to, as a prequel to the first movie as it introduces Annakin and has a very nice tie in tiki the movie.
This was by far the best Prequel story that should have been a movie. it ties everything together so that episode 1,2, and 3 make perfect sense to the Star Wars universe. It even makes those movies enjoyable VS annoying.
I have already listened to several books by James Luceno including some from the New Jedi Order Series and Millenium Falcon.
A lot of times it would be the over-telling of the most mundane and mindless details that I would often have to skip ahead 30 seconds at a time. And for the parts I didn't skip, I found myself falling asleep to.
While it does show us the rise of Palpatine/Sidious and gives a little more insight into the Phantom Menace, I found it incredibly boring. Most of it was due to Luceno's writing, while in some way it was Daniel Davis narrating Luceno's story.
I've listened to this a few times over the years. It's a fantastic story and Daniel Davis' narration is among the best I've ever heard.
This book also gave me better appreciation for Episode 1, of which this story gives you plenty of insight as to what is hapenening in the shadows of that movie.
Not bad, I expected more about Plagueis though. It had a nice Episode One background story to it though, and did well at explaining the politics behind everything leading up to the turmoil in The Phantom Menace.
I won't go into specifics but the whole oh the book was entertaining. A lot of politics and secret meetings. with the main characters being the bad guys it's tough to get invested. I did enjoy all of the tie-ins with the prequels so that was a lot of fun. overall a solid addition to the EU.