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I would listen to this again. The story was great. It gave a lot of background to what happened in Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, but it was also a great story in itself. It was interesting to hear the story told with the Sith being the main protagonists, to see what their motivations are. Although the book is titled "Darth Plagueis", it is really about both Plagueis and Sidious. It shows how Plagueis became a Sith Lord, how he tried to unlock the secrets of life (which is important in Episode 3), and how he recruited Palpatine to be his apprentice. It shows why Naboo and Tatooine were critical in Sith plot. I highly recommend it.
Memorable moments were when Plagueis met Palpatine, when Palpatine feel to the dark side, and when Plagueis was surprised by events even though he thought he had everything under control.
This is my first Daniel Davis performance, and I thought it was excellent. Of course, Lucasfilm does a good job on all the Star Wars audio.
Episode 0: The Dark Side Emerges
I think George Lucas should make a movie from this book. I don't understand why he hasn't made any more movies given the volume of expanded universe books. He runs the risk of the general public "moving on" and forgetting about Star Wars. This would make a great "Episode 0" because of its tie to the prequel movies. Then he should make films from Zahn's Outbound Flight and Thrawn trilogy.
The audio version worked for me because I could listen to it in the car while driving.
I thought this was a great book, but then again I have read several of Peter Kreeft's books and they are all great. I can honestly say that no author has had a greater impact on my thinking than Professor Kreeft.
This book gives a great overview of Plato, and it also touches on Socrates and Aristotle. It explains Plato's philosophy and how he was influenced by Socrates, who was his mentor. The book goes on to discuss how other ancient philosophers, including Jesus, had similarities to Plato. Kreeft shows how Christianity is both faithful and reasonable, and how Plato's philosophy fits into it.
He also discusses later philosophers, many of whom have positions that are not consistent with Plato. I think Kreeft lays out a strong case for the truth of much of ancient Greek philosophy, and how it is one of the pillars of Western Civilization.
If you are interested in philosophy or theology, or even current affairs, you will find this to be an interesting and enjoyable book.
This book was a continuation of the Callista/Luke love story, as well as a follow-up from Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy. I liked the Admiral Daala character from that trilogy, so I was glad to see her return. She is just so evil and mean. I also liked that Captain Pelleaon appeared, as he was Thrawn's number 2 in the Heir trilogy and is the Grand Admiral in the Hand Duology. This explains some of the inbetween. The Dark Saber was a clever idea, being that it is the opposite of a "light" saber. This was an enjoyable story, although the part at the end is a bit hokey with how powerful the force is. That is a bit inconsistent with the other stories.
I don't know if I had one favorite. I liked Daala as an evil admiral, but I liked Callista as a strong woman defending her friends. Kip was his wreckless-in-a-good-way self in this story.
I have read other reviews where readers only want the movie characters, but I like it when the expanded universe introduces new characters if it is done well. If keeps the stories fresh and opens the possibilities for more storylines.
As a performance, this was fine. I do think the abridgment cut out more than it should have.
See my comments from Children of the Jedi.
I am glad I listened to this book. If you like Star Wars, you will like this.
I love Star Wars, and so I have read or listened to a lot of the books. I plan to work my way through the rest. In this regard, the audio versions allow me to get through the stories faster.
This was the first Barbara Hambly story I have listened to. It was more of a science fiction book than one of political intrigue. It wasn't my favorite SW book, but I still am glad I listened to it.
I liked Callista the best. The love that developed between Luke and Callista was the best part of the story.
I don't like to read or listen to a book in one sitting. I like to read a little, reflect, read a little more, and reflect a little more. In this way I savor the book.
This book was a stand-alone story, but it was also the first book in the unofficial Callista Trilogy. The abridgment was a little severe on this. I wish they had included more details from the print version. But all in all, I am glad I listened to this. The Callista romance was a good story line for Luke.
A lot of SW audio books are abridged. So, the print versions give you more details, but the audio books allow me to listen in the car, and so get through the story faster. The sound effects on the audio add to the story. This book was not as abridged as some others, so it still had good details.
This story gave some good background to Episode 1, from a different angle than Darth Plageuis did. I liked seeing Qui Gon and Obi Wan in another story. The plot was intriguing, so you needed to pay attention. The story showed how the Trade Federation came to be under Darth Sidious' influence and why it blockaded Naboo. It also showed more of how Palpatine manipulated his way to the Chancellorship, and how the Republic was becoming corrupt.
The sound effects, plus the voice characteristics add to the story.
The Trade Federation Falls into Darthness.
I love SW anyway, but this was actually one of the more well-written books. It was less science fiction and more political intrigue, so it was more believable. The movies were written this way as well. The science should support the story, not be it. The better SW writers, like Timothy Zahn, know how to use the science at the service of the story. This book falls into that category.
The Long Patrol was a fun story to listen to. It has a cast reading the various speaking roles as well as being narrated by the author. It was one of the better books I have listened to recently.
For long-time Redwall fans, this story involved characters from all areas of Mossflower: Hares, otters, shrews, Badgers, and Redwallers. It was a story of coming of age for the main character. It had adventure, celebrations, and the bad guys were really bad but buffoonish. It was later than Redwall in Redwall's timeline, but it had some aspects that went back to the Mossflower story, which was fun because it recalled that book for me.
This is about the 7th Brian Jacque's performance I have listened to. They are all good, and this one was as well.
The Long Patrol: A Coming of Age for a Young Hare
The Redwall books are clever. They are written in a style that is reminiscent of Tolkien, with virtuous heroes, clumsy villains, poems and songs.
The Hunger Games is destined to be a classic. It raises some very important questions about what happens in a totalitarian state where the government thinks the citizens exist for its pleasure. It shows how this type of state tries to rob people of their humanity. It is a story of triumph of the human spirit. Not since I read (listened to, actually) The Lord of the Rings have I been so emotionally grabbed by a story. I could write my own book about the moral questions it raises, and about how it is applicable to the current debate in our society between progressives and conservatives. I will definitely listen to this again.
Of course, I love Katniss because she is the heroine. But I also love Cinna, because he is her loyal friend as well as her fashion designer. He doesn't sugarcoat what she is going through.
I really enjoyed Carolyn McCormick's narration. I felt she really brought life to the different characters, and I think she really captured what Katniss would sound like. I think she did an excellent job with Haymitch's voice.
This book made me feel a range of emotions. I felt angry at the brutality of the capitol, touched by the kindness of Peeta, protective of Rue, Inspired by Katniss, but also frustrated by her stubbornness at times. I also felt very anxious during the Games, almost as if I was in them myself.
This is a very well written book. It takes a serious subject and really brings you into it emotionally. This book will take its place among the great modern works of fiction alongside The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and the Foundation trilogy.
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