I have already listened to several books by James Luceno including some from the New Jedi Order Series and Millenium Falcon.
A lot of times it would be the over-telling of the most mundane and mindless details that I would often have to skip ahead 30 seconds at a time. And for the parts I didn't skip, I found myself falling asleep to.
While it does show us the rise of Palpatine/Sidious and gives a little more insight into the Phantom Menace, I found it incredibly boring. Most of it was due to Luceno's writing, while in some way it was Daniel Davis narrating Luceno's story.
I've listened to this a few times over the years. It's a fantastic story and Daniel Davis' narration is among the best I've ever heard.
This book also gave me better appreciation for Episode 1, of which this story gives you plenty of insight as to what is hapenening in the shadows of that movie.
Not bad, I expected more about Plagueis though. It had a nice Episode One background story to it though, and did well at explaining the politics behind everything leading up to the turmoil in The Phantom Menace.
I won't go into specifics but the whole oh the book was entertaining. A lot of politics and secret meetings. with the main characters being the bad guys it's tough to get invested. I did enjoy all of the tie-ins with the prequels so that was a lot of fun. overall a solid addition to the EU.
This author managed to fill gaps and make seemingly meaningless items of the first three Star Wars movies make sense. I watched them after and actually enjoyed them because they fit better.
Overall great narration and storytelling. This book provides a framework for the prequels and in my opinion makes them better. A must read if you wish to understand all of the behind the scenes dealings in the star wars universe.
This is an engaging story told well and led by two fascinating characters. While there are moments of action, the real highlight is intrigue and scheming and politics.
The book does a good job of presenting Sith ideology as something reasoned and believable if not necessarily something the reader sympathizes with. This makes the villains nuanced and interesting rather than pure evil.
While not canon anymore, the Sith lore and background prior to the NT is excellent, and it's a book that offers a lot of food for thought about the best ideas in Star Wars, good and evil, light and dark, self interest vs sacrifice and central vs widespread political authority.