The story is pretty weak. I suppose it does give a little background to the phantom menace and demonstrates its place in a much larger scheme, but it still wasn't very compelling. One technical issue: the music and background noises were quite irritating and distracting much of the time. Philosophically, I found the book reminded me of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, with Plaegis teaching Sidious the ways of the dark side and the reader/listener having to constantly remind himself not to follow the evil logic of the Sith. But for all the effort, there is little reward.
This is the best Star Wars book I've ever listened to. James Luceno is the finest author in the Star Wars series. His expertise in characterization is unmatched. It was hard to leave this exciting story. This book covers the story of the very powerful Sith Lord and his apprentice Palpatine. Star Wars fans know what happens, but it is a fascinating journey arriving there. Absolutely riveting! Noted character actor Daniel Davis brilliantly handles all voices beautifully and this production is enhanced by John Williams wonderful score and great sound effects. This surpasses Tarkin. A classic, must listen for any Star Wars fan.
After listening to this fantastic story, I'm actually angry that it is no longer considered canon with the the films and TV shows because of how seemessly the events of this book fit into the movie. A great read (listen) overall, I would recommend to any star wars fan
This is a "must read" for any Star Wars fan! This book fills in SO many holes that were inherent in the prequels!
The narration by Daniel Davis was outstanding and very compelling! I would HIGHLY recommend any book with his narration as well as the classic Star Wars background music and sound effects.
It made me not want to stop listening to it!
While I didn't like the star wars prequels at all I found this book to be well written, it didn't Change my opinion but it gave a sense what the movies could have been like. good characterisation and story.