The story itself was fascinating as it offers a look at the lives and rise to power of both Plagueis and Palpatine, and is a great prequel to The Phantom Menace. The music, sound effects, and voice work made the story very immersive.
I don't know what book I could compare to it because it's the first Star Wars novel I've listened to.
Daniel did a great job portraying all of the characters but my favorite would probably be Darth Plagueis. You learn to realize how important he is in the grand scheme of Star Wars.
At points throughout the story I started fear Plagueis because you realize just how powerful he was.
This book sparked a huge interest to learn more about the different characters that were mentioned and others that exist in the lore. I hope it does the same for you too.
Narrator was absolutely fantastic, he made the characters real and the villains menacing. The story was a little too political for my taste. but overall it was still a very interesting read.
I AM the Platypus Man!
I saw the three Prequel films when they first came out and I enjoyed them all at the time. But there seems to be a lot, especially in The Phantom Menace, left assumed regarding Palpatine/Sidious's actions and how exactly he and the rest of the Sith operate. He makes one reference to Darth Plagueis the Wise in Revenge of the Sith and how he could manipulate the midi-chlorians in bodies of others, even to create life or stop others from dying. Knowing I could read a book about this guy was enough to start, but "Star Wars: Darth Plagueis" offered more.
By showing how the events of the galaxy were manipulated so severely by both Hego Damask and Palpatine, much of the backstory falls into place. We have a better idea how the Sith hid from the Jedi for a thousand years and all the work that went into creating the situation with the Trade Federation in The Phantom Menace -- what at first appeared to be a random event that was seized is now clearly the outcome of decades if not centuries of planning and hard work. Darth Maul, originally believed to be Sidious's apprentice under the Rule of Two, now makes more sense as a simple assassin outside of that rule. Similarly, Dooku's role is also expanded upon, now being merely a placeholder apprentice until Palpatine can acquire Anakin/Vader. The role of the Dark Side is improved greatly -- Plagueis in particular offers a better picture of the Sith, not simply evil, but fundamentally different from the Jedi.
In reading this book, multiple times I wanted to go back and re-watch The Phantom Menace (whose story and title are improved with this book) with these events in mind -- though I know there wasn't, I'd like to imagine a Muun in a breathing mask walking with Palpatine just before an important scene.
Daniel Davis did an excellent job with the characters. Though he doesn't have the range of some narrators like Marc Thompson, his characters were well-acted and had unique voices (even if the voices didn't always match their voices from the films). And as with all of the Star Wars productions, the music and sound effects add to the whole experience.
The Star Wars audiobooks are such a guilty pleasure with their sound effects and very skilled narrators. This one is no exception. I enjoyed James Luceno's Dark Lord and once again have enjoyed his writing in Darth Plagueis.
I don't know if one is necessarily better than the other but I'd definitely recommend the audio. Who wants to miss out on the Star Wars sound effects? Honestly, this did make me want to go out and purchase the paperback for later reading.
Darth Sidious. James Luceno and Daniel Davis gave him a lot of depth.
This was my first experience with Daniel Davis and I was impressed. I hope to find more Star Wars novels narrated by him.
Not particularly but it certainly gave me a lot to think about.
I like how Luceno basically implies that Anakin's birth was like the force giving Darth Plagueis the middle finger. Under the events of Darth Plagueis, it's quite possible Anakin would have never been born if it hadn't been for the Sith Lord.
Up until the mid section it was a great insight into plagueis and palatine. But the last half it was a little tough to remember which senator is which. There was a lot of run around with not much payoff. Still a good story though.
Best audiobook I've ever listened to. The narration, dialogue, ambient sounds, background fx, and music worked to submerge me into the story completely. It truly is a production.
El tener efectos de sonido con esta excelente historia hace que no quieras descansar hasta terminarlo. Muy recomendable.
Essential audiobook if you really want to get deep into the dark side! Sound effects also makes this story mire fascinating!
Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars novels ever written. It takes hold and never lets go. The novel provides a good history leading up to Episode 1, and delves deeply into the teachings of the Sith. Daniel Davis is an excellent narrator, bringing out the menace of the Dark Lords.
Very much enjoyed the audio book. I was very happy with the narrator selection; I very much enjoyed his presentation of the characters as well as the narration.
Star Wars is one of my first loves and getting to understand the back story/Backroom dealings that lead to up to the movies I love is a great experience. I was very happy with the story and felt it was well told.
I highly recommend this book!