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Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1 | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.
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Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure... especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival.

Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Matt 07-30-14
    Matt 07-30-14 Member Since 2015

    "Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane

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    "A new Sith Era starts here"

    Darth Bane should get his own movie. The book and narration was excellent to say the least. Jonathon Davis does a superb job voicing the Sith'ari. The whole trilogy is outstanding, but Path of Destruction sets it all up perfectly.

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    Oliver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13
    Oliver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13
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    "Just wow, made the Star Wars interesting again."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio uses real sounds from the movies, I felt like I could picture what I heard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bane, he's a badass beyond belief!


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    His ability to play different voices without me really noticing it was him, few times I swore there was someone else.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Bane discovered the Unknown Planet.


    Any additional comments?

    Without a doubt the best sic-fi Audiobook I have ever listened to. It was so good, I listen to it a gain, but I have to finish the 2nd & 3rd!

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    P. Patel Alabama 06-21-13
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    "First Star Wars Book...Awesome"

    I've always loved the movies, but never read the books. This trilogy was recommended to me and I thought I would try it. The story is great, giving you background into the Sith history.

    Jonathan Davis's does a great job.

    I already have the next two books in the trilogy and they are next.

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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    "Darth Bane Series is Great!"
    Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

    Yes! Am listening to it now. I'm always for the good guys. The Sith are not good guys, but in this first installment, after learning of Darth Bane's upbringing and subsequent hard early life, you're almost rooting for him to win!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story line is solid, and believable.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    All of them! J-Davis is truly a gifted narrator!


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    Michael Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 12-27-12
    Michael Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 12-27-12

    I believe in constantly learning. I believe that people have a phenomenal capacity for change. I encourage people that there are no limitations. Coffee is my vitamin C. I am a computer exorcist and sage.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bane. He has been only referenced in the mythos for decades now. It's great to see this character come to life with such a depth. Well done!


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Bane and the instructors at the academy. They were all distinct characters. well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did . I purchased it and literally listened in one sitting


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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-03-12
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is the essence of Dtar Wars lore anyone who loves Star Wars (such as I) needs to read/ listen to this book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course it was. Never wanted to "to it down".


    Any additional comments?

    I had originally started reading this book on iBooks (apple app) and because of Johnathan's amazing performance I had to start over to hear it all again!

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    Kelfi 08-19-15
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    "Telling of the birth of the Rule of Two"

    This was such a vivid telling of the birth of the Sith that rule the current Star Wars universe. I had always heard of Darth Bane and his power but to hear it come to life, and read so well by J. Davis was outstanding!! I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Lebon James 08-08-15
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    I've had ups and downs with audible. I find few I can listen to because of the lack of narration. Jonathan Davis does an awesome job.

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    Clayton T. Lowry Hutchinson, KS United States 08-06-15
    Clayton T. Lowry Hutchinson, KS United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    Good reader, great book; I could do without the sound effects. They sometimes made the narration inaudible.

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    Luther 07-30-15
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    I have listened to this trilogy a few times. It's great. Great story, well read. Get them all and you won't be disappointed!

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    the book is great however is missing a part of the book?!!??


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    Bane. as he kicks ass


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