This book soundly renewed my love of Star Wars. The narration was incredible and the story is closer to canon than I think any other work that I know of.
If you're looking to expand your knowledge of the Star Wars universe this is where you need to start.
First of all, the narrator is absolutely stellar. Every character is voiced in their own separate way and it provides an incredible immersion in the star wars universe. The story is great as well, not only introducing us to Darth Plagueis but showing us the entire ascent of Palpatine as a Sith lord. TL;DR: Get the book
"Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."
Not the best Star Wars book I've read, certainly can get a little bit sloggy when talking about the Trade Federation and such. The parts with the Sith and the voices are excellent though. Overall, a Star Wars fan interested in the Sith perspective will dig this.
Great production. Sound effects added to enhance the story. In depth back stories of the sith lords had me rooting for the bad guys. Not much action, lots of political moves, so it gets somewhat dull but just thinking about the series as a whole and how these moves made by early sith affect the star wars universe is enough to keep one entertained.