Wow. This is the screenplay that should've been the first half of Episode I. If anything, I lament the fact that Disney dumped works like this in favor of Chuck Wendig's Aftermath, which was an absolute train wreck. The difference in the sheer caliber of writing is excruciatingly palpable. The production value gets an A+ as well. The narrator was exquisite for the roles and voices he portrayed, and the sound quality and ambient effects added a lot to the experience. We can only hope that once Kathleen Kennedy is finished using Star Wars as an activism platform dumping ground, Disney wises up and brings back authors like this to once again do Star Wars some real justice.
The performance was magnificent! The effects used to make it sound like Star Wars, with both voices and music, sets this apart from other audio books.
The story was terrific, but the politics get a little dry at times. The action scenes and tie-ins to the movies are brilliant though!
Among the best.
The intrigue is so deeply woven, it seems I learn something new every time I listen to it. It really sets the stage well and provides excellent background information for several main characters in the Phantom Menace that the movie either doesn't have the time or the appropriate moments to address. I can honestly say this audiobook enhanced the way I view that movie.
The storytelling meshes well with other books set in this era of the Star Wars universe and the many varied planets where this occurs are described in vivid detail. In my humble opinion, James Luceno's best to date.