This book perfects Palpatine and makes sense of the throwaway line about Plagueis on episode III and gives the midichlorians a real purpose. It's full of intrigue and complex political machinations that only a master author could have written. Lucasfilm should give James Luceno unlimited narrative license and let him dictate the new cannon.
It was a perfect balance of, if not more action than discussion, and finally a story of the two prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. Not to mention the 2 most powerful Sith. Tied so many things together. Would make a fantastic movie that should be done before the actor of The Emperor passes away. The voice actor is the best I've heard yet in star wars series. Can't say enough good things.
The story is really about the rise of Palpatine, but Plagueis is a central figure. In some ways this book enhances the understanding of the events in the prequel movies, but also gets bogged down by some of the same confusing (and uninteresting) politics as those movies. I liked the new perspective of seeing events from the dark side and the understanding of the force from that side. However, because you start to sympathize with their perspective, the evil and cruelty seems to be missing, turning the Sith into mere manipulators rather than true villains.
The sound effects and background noise and music was more of a distraction and didn't really add any value for me. I found it to be annoying.
I finished it in less than 2 weeks. Daniel Davis is good at his job. I wish a cast could give him some help though for sake of atmosphere. For example a female voice can be featured in key conversations where appropriate. As well as the voice of children or young Palpatine ;it was hard to believe it was his Forte. Those are insights in how to make this great audio book even better. Was a fun listen . A fresh alternative to watching screens all day.
I started reading this book shortly after the Bane trilogy, and to me this book is just as memorable as all three of those.
The book was well past, not as much action as some other Star Wars books but it's more focused on politics. I'm happy that they went two characters from Phantom Menace, and was also surprised when they just about went through the entirety of phantom menace only within two or three chapters.
Only con about this book is that the first six chapters are fairly slow but once it introduces Palpatine it really starts to pick up.
Overall great book definitely recommend to Star Wars fans.
Wow, what a tremendous book. While it may get bogged down with politics and backroom dealings it does a tremendous job of laying the foundation for the events in Phantom Menace, so much so that I'm looking forward to re-watch ing what I previously considered unwatchable.
The background of what drives the Sith and their masterful manipulation of the events that lead to the eventual empire is fantastic and has made me a huge fan of Palpatine (The Emperor).
While not brimming with action, there's more than enough to keep the book moving along. I would recommend Sith Lords by Paul S. Kemp as follow on to continue your journey into the legend of the Emperor.
At the root of this book, it is a political thriller focusing on the machinations of a master puppeteer as he carefully crafts his New World (Galaxy) Order. It is exceptionally well written and has all of the dramatic flair and bravado that we have come to expect from A Galaxy Far, Far Away. James Luceno expertly establishes "Darth Plagueis" as being more than a well-crafted Sci-Fi thriller and firmly plants this book into the Star Wars universe with its impeccably woven narrative. Listening to Daniel Davis' reading and the entire production of this book was a pure joy that upheld my already high standards of the Audible company. Five Stars all around-- you will certainly not regret purchasing this book!