Unlike some of the other Star Wars books, this one can be followed if you never had read any of the other books, and just know the movie. Yes I would recommend this to a friend.
It gave the behind the scenes history leading up to 6 movies.
Most memorable scene was when Sidious killed his family.
The power of the dark side.
Other than the Thrawn series, this was my favorite.
This book actually contributes to the EU and the Star Wars films. it broadened my view of Episodes 1,2,&3 and how they effect 4,5,&6. this book is fantastic and a must read/listen to for ANY fan of Star Wars whether you read other EU books or not
Yes. There was so much going on in the story it's worth a second listen.
Sidious' complete destruction of his master. I knew it was coming, but I'd prepared myself for an epic battle between master and apprentice, not complete domination.
First time hearing Mr. Davis perform.
Personal Quibble: Sifo Dyas, Mr. Davis pronounced it SEE-fo DI-as, cannonically (Episode II Movie) pronounced SI-fo DEE-as. It might just be me but I cringed every time it was said.
Great back story on some Star Wars characters.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you'll love it.
I have already listened to this book twice and I plan on listening again. It fills in so much about what happened before the Star Wars movies.
Global DC Manager, Husband, Father of 2 knuckleheads who loves Tech, Sci-Fi & Star Wars.
After the 1st word spoken I immediately went "Huh...that's not Marc." I was taken back and really...bummed. But after the first 5mins, I understood how well Daniel Davis's voice fits with the overall "evil - dark" mood of this novel. Perfectly matched.
Not to mention this is James Luceno at his best, super detail driven awesome story. 5stars across the board
The story answered a great number of questions about the beginnings of the clone wars and the coming empire.
I could not wait to get back in the car to hear what happened next. There were some slow parts but overall there was so much going on that you were driven forward in the story.
This book was very well written, keeping the reader in suspense and wondering what will happen next. The Narrator pulls off the different voices of the characters in excellent fashion. The sound effects were great to. Highly recomend this book.
his narration of this story left you on the edge of your seat, wanting more
Deceptive Lords of the Dark Side
I was more than pleasently surprised with this audio version of Darth Plagueis.
Like many of the SW audio books, the addition of original John Williams music and Lucas sound effects really lends to the theatre of the mind.
I also can't say enough about how well narrator Daniel Davis did in portraying ALL the characters in this version. His deep voice with minor alterations fit so well for the darker charcters of this story and not once was I ever confused who was talking. Excellent.
The story itself was a great backstory that filled in so many blanks of the years proceeding events of Episode I. Not just character origins, but the political makeup up the galaxy including the Senate, the state of the Republic, the Jedi Order as it stood at the time, and the machinations of the Trade Federation. Events that were not portrayed in the movie made perfect sense in continuity as threads of the book paralleled what we saw on the screen.
I have two criticisms, but really they aren't: 1) it was too short. Author James Luceno did such a subperb job or fleshing out the entire 'feel' of the SW universe at the time, I could easily argue this could have been 2 books instead of one and still hold any SW fans interest. 2) Even though this story is entitled Darth Plagueis, it was eaily also the origin story and rise to power of Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious). While Plagueis is indeed a main character, Palpatien easily becomes the second star about 1/2 way through the book. I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on Plagueis' earlier years and rise to power since the story purports his name.
Otherwise, this is a MUST BUY for any SW fan and many of the authors who've been writing the same repetitive stories as of late could learn a thing or two from Luceno.