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After the 1st word spoken I immediately went "Huh...that's not Marc." I was taken back and really...bummed. But after the first 5mins, I understood how well Daniel Davis's voice fits with the overall "evil - dark" mood of this novel. Perfectly matched.
Not to mention this is James Luceno at his best, super detail driven awesome story. 5stars across the board
The story answered a great number of questions about the beginnings of the clone wars and the coming empire.
I could not wait to get back in the car to hear what happened next. There were some slow parts but overall there was so much going on that you were driven forward in the story.
This book was very well written, keeping the reader in suspense and wondering what will happen next. The Narrator pulls off the different voices of the characters in excellent fashion. The sound effects were great to. Highly recomend this book.
his narration of this story left you on the edge of your seat, wanting more
Deceptive Lords of the Dark Side
I was more than pleasently surprised with this audio version of Darth Plagueis.
Like many of the SW audio books, the addition of original John Williams music and Lucas sound effects really lends to the theatre of the mind.
I also can't say enough about how well narrator Daniel Davis did in portraying ALL the characters in this version. His deep voice with minor alterations fit so well for the darker charcters of this story and not once was I ever confused who was talking. Excellent.
The story itself was a great backstory that filled in so many blanks of the years proceeding events of Episode I. Not just character origins, but the political makeup up the galaxy including the Senate, the state of the Republic, the Jedi Order as it stood at the time, and the machinations of the Trade Federation. Events that were not portrayed in the movie made perfect sense in continuity as threads of the book paralleled what we saw on the screen.
I have two criticisms, but really they aren't: 1) it was too short. Author James Luceno did such a subperb job or fleshing out the entire 'feel' of the SW universe at the time, I could easily argue this could have been 2 books instead of one and still hold any SW fans interest. 2) Even though this story is entitled Darth Plagueis, it was eaily also the origin story and rise to power of Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious). While Plagueis is indeed a main character, Palpatien easily becomes the second star about 1/2 way through the book. I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on Plagueis' earlier years and rise to power since the story purports his name.
Otherwise, this is a MUST BUY for any SW fan and many of the authors who've been writing the same repetitive stories as of late could learn a thing or two from Luceno.
Yes. The sound effects alone make for an entirely different experience.
Even the Emperor has a master.
This is a must read for anyone who found they had a long list of unanswered questions after watching the prequel trilogy. There were moments where I said to myself, "Oh, now I understand why [character] did [action] in Episode [I, II, or III]!" Luceno does an excellent job of connecting the dots. Prior to this book, Palpatine was one of the most enigmatic characters of the entire saga, with little or no background information, even among the other EU titles.
Daniel Davis certainly knows how to carry a voice of menace in his narration. While I admire Marc Thompson's performances in the other Star Wars audiobooks, I'm glad Davis was chosen for this one instead. His deep, well seasoned, and diction perfected voice simply cannot be matched. Highly recommended.
Yes. This book is the first that I have read from the point of view of a Sith Lord. It is amazing to hear a complete version or what the Sith think about themselves and what they think of the Jedi. For that reason alone, It was worth the time.
I have never had a better listening experience! He did a masterful job! During the entire book I felt like I was there. Awesome job Mr. Davis!
Darth Plagueis is what Batman would have been if he were a Sith! He surrounds himself in complex problems and finds solutions that are equally complex. The way he looks at his true self (the Sith Lord) and the way he looks at his alter ego (the businessman) is a touch of genius!
Plagueis is a wonderful story that dives into the nooks and crannies of the years before episode one and even delves into the film itself from a new perspective. James Luceno's philosophy of the dark and light side of the force add more depth to the Jedi and Sith conflict. Daniel Davis' dark narration keeps you locked into the story, even through the slow diplomatic areas. I strongly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan.
Most of the questions every Star Wars fan has been asking about Palpatine since the Star Wars prequels were released are answered in this amazingly well written book by James Luceno. When did Sidious kill his master, Plageueis? How and when did he meet Darth Maul? When did he befriend Dooku? Why did Sifo Dyas order the clone army? All answered in this novel. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll love this book. While it's more about scheming and plotting than the popcorn style action of the original trilogy, it's paralleling of the historical machinations of those who rotted societies/ republics such as the Roman Empire from within is uncanny. I found it quite politically intriguing as well as one can see where political maneuvering and ruthlessness where the ends justify the means can literally hand a nation, or in this case, a galaxy over to tyrannical authority. I'm already planning on listening to this one again as it was too good to pass through only once.Also, if you haven't read or listened to 'Cloak of Deception' by James Luceno, you'll want to download (or READ the novel) next as it ties in and overlaps with this book. THEN, watch the Phantom Menace, Episode I and it will make a lot more sense then it ever did on it's own. ENJOY!
Palpatine/ Darth Sidious. After listening to this book, it's now understandable why Sidious was able to maneuver his way into the Chancelorship and why he could undermine and manipulate the Jedi.
Very well read & paced. Although he pronounced a few names differently than they did in the movies.
Absolutely! Unfortunately, I didn't have that opportunity. But I will definitely listen to it again
James Luceno is by far one of the BEST Star Wars expanded universe authors. His book Cloak of Deception is also excellent and ties in directly with this book and Episode I
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.