Path of Destruction was a fascinating listen. I had read it once, a looooong time ago, but a lot of the details had slipped from my mind. Now it's more firmly entrenched. [grin]
"Path of Destruction" is one of a fairly few unique style of Star Wars novels. Like the more recently acclaimed "Darth Plagueis", this story is set almost exclusively within the realm of the Sith, and you really get a look at things from their perspective. From their view, it seems they're not evil at all (although I would classify Darth Scabrous of "Red Harvest" that way. Yuck! Don't waste your money on Red Harvest!). Instead, they are portrayed simply as a different order of Force users with a philosophy contrary to that of the Jedi, which is, I think, one of the things that made Plagueis such a hit.
And yet this books is not set within the familiar and comforting time period of the movies, or shortly before or after. It is 1,000 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace", and starts off even earlier, portraying Darth Bane's early life as an abused son of a drunken miner on the miserable world of Apatros, when his name was Dessel. It's fascinating to get a look at a character who is so far removed from the Star Wars movies, and yet so crucial in setting it up.
It's been a long time since I'd heard anything new from Jonathan Davis, what with Marc Thompson apparently having taken over the bulk of the newer novels. I was glad to see his return to the Star Wars Expanded Universe here!
His creepy soft voice for Bane was brilliant, but it was very similar to Sith Lord Khan (I don't know why, but I kept picturing either Ricardo Montalban or Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Lord Khan, lol). It's fortunate that the two of them didn't have much contact in the story, or it might have gotten very confusing.
Aside from that, his narration was sharply delivered, often in a voice like that of the character so you really know from whose perspective the story is being told. Jonathan is one of my two favorite readers for the Star Wars novels.
A New Hope . . . For the Sith!
Having recently also heard the Old Republic novel "Revan", I was saddened to see how the Star Wars universe largely remembers him only as a Sith Lord. This was portrayed by Bane's studies into Revan's antics while he was bad, and then later on by Bane finding a holocron left by Revan, made before his redemption by the Jedi.
On a personal note, I've become sympathetic to Revan and the raw deal he got, and seeing the good that he did, and ultimately ended up sacrificing his life for, ending up all but forgotten is rather depressing. It brings to mind all that Anakin Skywalker did during the first two prequels, and the Clone Wars, and yet the galaxy will always remember him as Darth Vader. It just sucks that Revan and Anakin got such raw deals.
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Bane is pure evil, in this audiobook you can understand the true meaning of the dark side.Awesome narration of J.Davis.You must buy it....
When he found the holocube of RAVEN you understand the RULE of the DARK SIDE
Path of Destruction ranks in my top 3 of Star Wars books I've listened to so far. The perspective it gives on the often barely touched on Dark side really makes you understand the Force in it's entirety.
Bane was by far my favorite character. Seeing a character progress from a lowly, insignificant miner to a Lord of the Sith really helped you feel the struggles and tribulations someone pursuing training in the Force must endure.
Mr. Davis did a fantastic job with the transitions of characters and the emotion he put into the reading made me feel like I was there in the situation.
Without a doubt. I found myself going out to the car on my lunch break and listening to it, and not wanting to stop to go back into work.
A great origin story of Darth Bane, a fascinating character. The story really moves at lightning pace.
Bane is an obvious choice, but the cast of supporting characters is excellent, with Githany being a standout.
I was a bit skeptical getting my first audio book not narrated by the outstanding Marc Thompson. Davis was terrific however putting his own stamp on the characters. Davis seems to be a tad darker in tone, but that makes sense given the dark subject matter. His narration and the production quality are terrific. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to purchase a narration from Davis nor Thompson.
Nah, though when pulling into work when listening to this during my commute, I wasn't to happy to stop the story many times.
Highly recommended, and can't wait to move on to the next in the series.
Mike Young of Osawatomie Ks
I never realized how much fun being evil could be until I read this book via paperback and then I've listened to it several times and finally bought all 3 parts in hardcover. The author is very easy to read and great at the action. I liked all 3 parts but the first book will always be one of my favorite books and a classic in the making. The audio version includes sound effects which kind of threw me at first but it wasn't long before I started looking forward to them with each book. Great narration.
It's hard to come up with a criticism but the only thing I've ever balked at was how the last two parts seemed kind of rushed towards the ends of the books but if he ever came up with a part 4 I'd buy it without hesitation. So if you like Star Wars and action-oriented writing then you can't miss with this book.
Honestly near the top, i still rank the Thrawn series above this but its like saying Godfather 2 is not as good as the first. I got this book on a random hunch and very glad i stumbled upon my first and definetly not last star wars book.
The climax at the academy, wish i could say more but listen for yourself
Bane for sure
No just kept me on the edge of my mental seat.
Jonathan Davis' performance is excellent. The voices he chose and the way he delivered the lines really make the experience all the more enjoyable. The story is excellent as are the sound fx. Its nice to see things from a predominantly Sith point of view.
This is probably my favourite series in the Star Wars extended universe so far. I have enjoyed every one I have listened to but this one really stands out. The performance is great as is the story.
Path of Destruction is very good book. Karpyshyn introducing us to a sith lord as strong as vader but also one with a story as interesting as the original trilogy. This book is dark and menacing without the happy side of the stories may other starwars novels try to convey.
Since the main character was given completely over to the dark side I didn't expect him to behave rationally, which also makes him a poor choice for a protagonist. The narrator did a good job and the first half of the book was interesting and worth following but the 2nd half seemed like a ship without a rudder and final battle on Ruson (minor spoiler alert) .......................................I was left wondering why wouldn't the Sith order their ships in orbit to simply face the planet and rain down blast after blast on the republic army since the Sith had, by their leader's own admission, "Air Superiority". Instead he takes suicidal advice from a guy who proves time after time to be his enemy. Made no sense and I doubt I'll continue the series unless I get it at the Library for free.
Think so. He's a great narrator
The one saving grace of this book is that it illustrates clearly the madness of putting your faith in evil as opposed to good.
A few changes based on advice from an editor who cared might have made this a great book and bane and even greater character. How cool can a villain be if he only gets the better of idiots.
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You have to get it!
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Yes! He does well. It funny how he makes Darth Bane kind of sound like Bane from Batman!