Every beautiful word. This book is amazing beyond compare in Star Wars literature.
Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a Sith legend...
His brilliant voice, his intensity, I wish he could narrate everything.
yes. i'd listen to it every day if i could.
If you are a Star Wars fan, listen to this audiobook!
I read, I write, I listen to books. I have worked as a scriptwriter for many projects some of which you can buy on Audible!
I will absolutely listen and read more books by James Luceno who is, without a doubt, my favorite Star Wars author. He has written so many books that I really enjoyed, filling in holes within the story- and there are many!
Unfortunately I found this book to be tedious, mainly because it's mostly about the politics and less about the characters. If there was anything that made the prequel movies difficult to watch (even more than Jar Jar in my opinion) it was the political discussions and talk about trade route taxation and government power plays. The reason the original trilogy works so well is because you have one political issue: The Empire is bad and the Alliance is trying to do something about it. The one political move the Emperor makes in the original trilogy is dissolving the Senate, which is handled in 3 lines of dialogue. (Heck, the force only gets 28 words of explanation in Episode IV, and Midiclorians don't come up at all)
All the maneuvering padded the book out to probably twice the length and didn't help it move. This is a painful thing to write because I ordinarily love James Luceno's work. Unlike another reviewer I COULD stop listening. In fact, I set it aside for almost 3 years, just finishing it now to be done with it.
Daniel Davis does a very nice job juggling so many characters.
Either Steven James Checkmate or a Raymond Benson James Bond.
He was good in all the roles, even Jabba. I think it was best when Palpatine is center stage.
The cast is already done. Virtually every character from Episodes I and II is here. It would need more action to be an exciting Star Wars movie or TV show.
I've known for years that authors working in someone else's kingdom, still Lucasfilm when this novel was written, have to abide by certain rules and narrative boundaries. When Margaret Wander Bonano is asked to autograph the Star Trek book Probe she signs on page 25, because that is the only page she wrote.
James Luceno is a great writer, and I WILL read and/or listen to more of his books. This one is a nugget as far as I'm concerned (and not in the good way). I don't mind that it sprawls and covers many years, and I love the idea that it's telling the story of Palpatine and Count Dukoo the way that it does. It's just that it's uncharacteristically boring in the way it does it. Conversations and political machinations are good if you're reading Issac Asimov's Foundation. If you want Star Wars you expect something to happen, for the walls to close in or a space battle to blow you out of your seat.
That doesn't happen here. This one is long on character and short on story. Star Wars should flop these around.
And I'm certainly not saying that anybody is wrong for liking this book. I read John LeCarre', and all of his stuff is character driven. But he doesn't write Star Wars.
And I WILL be reading Mr. Luceno's Rogue One intro novel.
Narration and delivery were amazing as always, but hoped for more in the story. It was mostly politics, but the action scenes and portraition of the characters were superb. Wished for more action and better back story on Tenebrous, but overall, it's ok at best.
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.
If you're looking for another peek into the ways of the Sith as thoroughly written as the reknowned "Darth Bane" Trilogy, look no further.
Be prepared in the beginning for author James Luceno's metaphorical, and heavily syllabled writing stlyle, as well as the Aristocratc voice acting of narrator Daniel Lewis....give it a few chapters, and you will find it nothing less of completely appropriate for this tale of the workigs of the Darkside in a highly critical period in the BBY Timeline.
The darkside is with you
Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day
Amazing production in tandem with an essential story;for those who want to better understand the core story arc of both the prequel and original moives.
with out spoiling or giving to much away ill just say it has great pacing, spending just enough time on details to make you feel part of the S.W universe with elements of a really good political thriller.
Its right up there with the thrawn trilogy in terms of Star wars entertainment and makes me want to get a black cowled robe and plot dark sided deeds.
The narrator Daniel Davis is a master of voices. Each character had his own distinctive voice. He portrayed characters from the movies perfectly. Dooku, Palpatine, Gunray were straight from the movie screen. The music and sound effects added significantly.
Seeing events play out over a long period of time thru the eyes of Plagueis.
Plagueis, Sidious, medical droid, Dooku
No, but it was fun and I looked forward to listening to it each day.
I wish this narrator would do more Star Wars books.
The story itself was fascinating as it offers a look at the lives and rise to power of both Plagueis and Palpatine, and is a great prequel to The Phantom Menace. The music, sound effects, and voice work made the story very immersive.
I don't know what book I could compare to it because it's the first Star Wars novel I've listened to.
Daniel did a great job portraying all of the characters but my favorite would probably be Darth Plagueis. You learn to realize how important he is in the grand scheme of Star Wars.
At points throughout the story I started fear Plagueis because you realize just how powerful he was.
This book sparked a huge interest to learn more about the different characters that were mentioned and others that exist in the lore. I hope it does the same for you too.
Narrator was absolutely fantastic, he made the characters real and the villains menacing. The story was a little too political for my taste. but overall it was still a very interesting read.