The inflection in his tones of voice are superior. The voices he does during a dialogue between characters is great because he's consistent, and uses different voices without sounding ridiculous, which is what I was worried about before listening. I would listen to any book by Daniel Davis.
The sound effects really add to setting the scenes.
This book fills in the holes to how Darth Sidious got into power and how the dark side gained the upper hand over the Jedi Order. So much good info and great story. I will listen to it again. It was that sweet. Go Dark Side!!! :-D
I have already.. It's a great pre-quil to the Star Wars trillogy.
When Darth Sideous kills Darth Plagueis
You know what happens in a way, but to see it from Plagueis's eye and how Sideous is born, it's just great writing.
George Lucas get up off your ass and get a good director like Martin Scorchese to direct this..It would be the best of all the series
I've been a long time fan of the star wars movies and have read a few star wars books. This one was probably the best star wars book I've read. The writing was actually pretty good. As other reviewers have said, this book is really about sidious more than it is about Plaguis, but who cares. This book really filled in the details about how Sidious became a sith lord. I recommend this to any star wars fan.
The beginning of the book is quite slow and focuses exclusively on Darth Plagueis as the title suggests it will for the entire book.
Until you hit Chapter 9 when a young Palpatine is introduced and the book turns into his rise to power more than anything else.
Luceno ties Palpatine's story into the narrative of Episode 1 and explains the back story of Dooku and Sifo Dyas as well how Palpatine came upon Darth Maul.
Honestly this book is a fan boys dream. Well worth it.
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I have listened to the book several times. Its a rich, gripping story that touches on plot lines and events laid out in books spanning back a decade or more. With each time that I listen, I notice tidbits that I had missed the last time 'round, reminding me of books I haven't though of in years.
Big Papa Palpatine of course. As the story progresses you see the beginning of his master plan and how it unfolded.
How it fit so well with the films and established continuity. It actually makes Episode I a better movie after reading, because the stage has been set much better.
Without getting into spoilers, Palpatine's antics as a young man on Naboo. It really sets the stage for the man Palpatine would grow into in the films.
Mr. Davis's performance is outstanding. Not only does he make appropriate voices and impressions (his Palpatine impression is especially convincing), they're enhanced with the additions of the sound effects, music, and vocal effects.
It made my jaw drop, again with how well things fit in and how it changes viewpoints to specific scenes in Episode I.
This is very highly recommended for any Star Wars fan, even if you don't like the prequels.
I absolutely love listening to books as well as reading print. Audible is crucial to getting through my day.
There is a lot offered in this novel. First of all the narration and effects are very good. It's much more interesting to listen to than many audio books. Sound effects and music from Star Wars movies add much to the book.
The story is also excellent. There is much in the book for people who have been reading the books for a long time. (For example, even a name like Armand Isard is mentioned). The story is fun and very full of Sith. The back story of Plagueis and Sidious is one that has been a long time coming. I believe that James Luceno, narrated by Daniel Davis, did an excellent job.
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.