Generally I think the series started off really well, with a character that you could generally relate too, but at the closing chapters of the first book and the opening of the second one the story and believability for me crashed and burned and just became too preposterous that I couldn't stand any more of it. Take this example early in the second book at the point where I gave up, Bane is stuck on a dangerous jungle moon that apparently has a sister planet insanely close to it (Never-mind that having celestial bodies this close without them destroying each other is impossible, it definitely wouldn't be a jungle paradise anyway) so through the force he coerces a flying reptilian creature to pick him up uses the force again to shield both him and the creature, they fly into space and over to the sister planet. That's when I stopped listening and called bulldust on the whole thing.
And why is there an ancient Sith ritual (Called the "Thought Bomb", really Drew you couldn't of thought of a better name for it) that requires a big group of Sith? Considering the natural state of the Sith is 1 master and 1 apprentice, it just makes no sense.
The Jedi Masters aren't very wise, which is odd considering thats what they are supposed to be good at. They run into some Sith mercenaries, they lock them up and are told by the mercenaries about a surviving Sith lord that killed their friends at the Sith encampment, it just gets dismissed by the Jedi even though it would be such a simple matter of going down to the planet to the Sith camp and just looking for the bodies electrocuted and cut up by a light sabre, duh!
Honestly I could just go on and on and reveal all the silly stuff and inconsistencies of what I have listened too, but I think I will leave it there.
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I like Star Wars books and have listened to most of the ones on audiobooks. This book was hard to get into. I liked the first book in the series, but this one had the feeling of a filler novel. I know this is part 2 of a 3 part series, and it was written in that manner. I stopped this one about 3 hours in and listened to a different book. After I finished that one I picked this one back up and tried to give it another shot. It just couldn't keep my attention.
This is one of those books that after about 2 hours you realize you wasted a credit.
Loved the characters and the story clicked into place for me.
Darth Bane was my favorite.
I loved this series. One of my favorite among the Star Wars series.
Yes, Drew's story was excellent, not to mention greatly narrated by Jonathan Davis.
The tense and gripping ending. I never thought one could 'read' about a lightsaber battle but Drew made it truly imaginable with his accurate descriptions.
The background noise sets the environment, while Jonathan and his many voices really add flavour to each character. It would have been a bit flat if all the characters had the same voices, so the fact that each character had their own unique identify really made it more exciting.
Despite being evil (albeit a lawful evil), you really do feel a bit sorry for Bane and everything that he struggles against.
I can't recommend this entire series enough. Not only is it great story telling, excellent narration, but the characters are their own with each distinct personality. Some you really care for while others you just want to slap. But the fact that you care so much either way is a great testament to how good this series is.
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Wish they made a movie!
Darth Bane training young apprentice!
Bane in the Sith Temple!
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The Rule of Two is a very good Star Wars installment following the pattern of the Old Republic series. The Sith dominate but the Jedi are there trying and prying.
The author succeeds in creating the ever so lasting magic Star Wars atmosphere but despite all odds in favour for the story-line the final steps of the race stumble and you ask why and how could nobody see that big flaw.
The author does not clinch it and I was ripped apart by this galactic big mistake...
I hope the third part of the trilogy will make up for the flaw of Rule of Two. The first episode Path of Destruction does not show any such story deficiencies but on the other hand there are no such climaxes as the Rule of Two offers when the "big fight" is on. That one makes up for all of your money purchasing this great listen.
On my 64-long Star Wars chart The Rule of Two is found on place 15. Not too bad, I believe.
Joakim - the Swedish book worm.
- The narrator... I listened and read "Revan" from the same author from the same SW era, but with Marc Thomson... that was incredibly good!.. i loved this story (also read it) but the boring presentation made it uninteresting
- background music, effect... that was also much better in "Revan"
The performance of the narrator was so boring and shallow that it made very hard to enjoy the otherwise great story...
Marc Thompson... definitely!
It has.. :) I'd re-record it with Marc, and better music/effects but I guess it is not possible.. :)