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.
Tell us about yourself!
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.
The story was consistent with everything I know about star wars, and the narrators voice was just short of James earl jones himself...
I don't want to give away any of the story,but it was good all the way through
I listen to this on my way to work. It took a little over a week
Empire Origin Story
There is a point in the book where Plagueis is sneak attacked by his enemies and changes the course of the book. I was driving at the time and caught so off guard, I'm glad no one did any sudden stops in front of me or there would have been an accident.
The book feels more like a political thriller as it sets up the stage for the fall of the republic. It tells an engaging back story for Plagueis, Palpatine, and to some extent, Maul and Dooku's fall while filling in the holes left by the prequel movies, achieving the near impossible; making the prequel movies better!
Great performance by the narrator. I'd listen to anything he reads after hearing this one. The story was great if you are a Star Wars fan which I am. A couple of points where things were a bit obvious or left hanging but it's Star Wars so we aren't expecting to change the world except through ticket sales. It was entertaining and that's what I was after. If you are after the same thing and you enjoy the series pick it up.
Yes. It makes the listener feel as if he is an exclusive insider in the workings of the powerful throughout the galaxy where the films made you focus mostly on the adventure and fates of a few popular characters.
Very well paced and thought out. A plot to make Dr. Doom envious.
His voice fit the contemplative personalities well but could use a bit more distinction between the impressions.
Sort of. Made me really think and appreciate the larger world of Star Wars. The best written book of the saga that I've experienced.
This would make a good live action drama. A sort of Sci-fi version of Rome or the Borgia, sadly the sex and cursing wouldn't fit so well.
This ranks among the top of the books I've listened to. Daniel Davis made this one even better and it already stood tall by itself as a great book.
The story has everything you'd want in a Star Wars book. The back-story on the characters is thorough and quite entertaining. You get a little piece of everyone's story in this book - from Darth Maul, Count Dooku and some other prominent Jedi
I have not but I will now.
I am not that kind of listener but it was very good nontheless.
If you like Star Wars this is the one for you.