I had stopped listening to Star Wars books a while back because the writing seemed to be suffering. The Thrawn Trilogy was good, not great, but good and I had listened to many others after that were just OK at best so i had lost interest. I picked this one up because I needed to use a credit before the end of the month and wanted to see how well it tied into the Star Wars Movies. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book seems more written for adults rather than teens and is very well written as well. The story had me interested from the beginning to the end and tied into the movies very well but can definitely stand on its own if you have never seen the movies.
The narrator Daniel Davis took a little getting used to. At the beginning the voice seemed kind of "flat" for a lack of a better word. However, once used to it I was completely engrossed in the story.
This book is as good or even better than the films. It needs to be canonized into the official Star Wars universe and made into a movie.
Well yes. Daniel Davis is absolutely amazing.
Darth Sidious/ Palpatine. Daniel Davis recreates his voice amazingly and its the back story on how the emperor came to be.
When Darth Plagueis kills his master.
Could not stop listening. I love tv and I turned the tv off to listen to this book.
Daniel Davis, hands down, made this recording what it is. He executes different voices between characters that you could almost just listen to the dialog as an audio play.
I loved seeing the events leading up the Episode 1 and seeing how intricate the web was weaved,
Hard to say... pass. Though I certainly didn't care for the massive spoiler concerning Darth Revan about two-thirds of the way though. I was planning on getting
All through the recording, I felt like it should have been named
I would listen again to get the finer details that are woven into the story.
My favorite character had to be Plagueis because he had an entirley different view of how the dark side worked.
My favorite scene would be where Palpatine goes over his acceptance speech for Supreme Chacellor.
This is a great read for any fan of Star Wars. The beginning is a little loss because of the vocabulary that the author used but once you meet the main character it is full of fresh ideas on the Star Wars universe and gives a more interesting look at what made the conflict in the Phamtom Menace happen. Great read once again hope to read more from James Luceno.
The story and plot just flows into the saga that is star wars. It is always a joy to enjoy the very thing that made my youthful years fun and magical.
The final chapters were great because they flowed and explained a lot what happened in the first chapter of the Star Wars movie: Phantom Means
Bring each character to life was a great proformance
During the segments that involved in the training and philosphy of the Sith. Well, explained and detailed. Excellent
Whether you are of the school of thought that holds Episodes 1-3 were merely afterthoughts, you'll have to agree they will make much more sense in light of this well-spun tale. Answers a lot of the questions raised more than addressed by recent cinematic disappointments. A must read for all true fans of the Saga.
This book was a great listen. The performance was excellent and the story was wonderful. I am no a fa of most of the Star Wars books, but this was great.
James Luceno does it again!
great plot and great story telling...!
This will not disappoint! Enjoy!
Palpatine. Simply Sith!
Death of Palpatine's Family.
James Luceno is a fantastic author who does not get the respect he deserves. I've been reading his stuff going all the way back to his Robotech days. I tend to dislike Star Wars novels, but those written by Luceno are the ones I read. His complex characters and use of language is just amazing.
I agree with the over reviewers that using Daniel Davis for this book was a genius choice. That deep, classic voice with the British accent is *perfect* for the characters in this book.
The first half of this book ranks up there with of the most entertaining books I've ever read (or heard). That's high praise because I've read 1000's of books in my life, fiction and nonfiction both. His insights into the mind of evil characters, and of the Dark Side, are amazing. Oh, if only the second half of the book was like the first...
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!
Did you read that there are spoilers ahead? Okay...you've been warned...
While Luceno does a great job and showing the evil Plagueis and Sideous, he does something with the plot in the latter half of the book that completely shortchanges Sideous as an evil mastermind. He essentially recons the entire Star Wars story to show that during the events of The Phantom Menace, it was *Plagueis* who is behind everything, not Sideous. HUH? Yeah. Can you imagine that during the entire time frame of TPM and everything leading up to it, Sideous was taking orders from Plagueis, and Plagueis exits the story only AFTER the events of Phantom Manace?
Thought the Darth Sideous was the evil mastermind behind everything that happens in the novels and prequel movies? Not according to Luceno. Darth Sideous is relagated to a second-in-command character during this time frame. Yuck.
Oh well. Still a good book, but damn, that latter half really blew it for me.