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Path of Destruction Audiobook

Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)

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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    Amazon Customer 02-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "Must have for Star Wars Fans"
    If you could sum up Path of Destruction in three words, what would they be?

    You have to get it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

    Darth Bame Begins!


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! He does well. It funny how he makes Darth Bane kind of sound like Bane from Batman!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Please!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 01-10-13
    Jonathan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Cheering for evil and I don't feel bad about it."

    Even though the book is focused on the bad guys of the star wars universe, I felt myself cheering for bane throughout. His character is extremely believable, and it was easy for me to even relate to him. I love how bane, while physically imposing, overcomes most of his obstacles with cunning and treachery. There is a decent amount of action, but most of the book really is about bane coming to to know himself and understand the dark side. It was an intriguing and engaging listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter FPO, AP, United States 01-10-13
    Peter FPO, AP, United States 01-10-13
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    "Awesome!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    awesome beginning to an epic story, oen of the best audio delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

    I AM DARTH BANE!! **walks out**


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan King City, ON, Canada 12-12-12
    Dan King City, ON, Canada 12-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the best sci-fi books I have ever heard or read. I am extremely impressed.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Darth Bane.
    If you thought Vader was nasty meet Bane.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 12-07-12
    Robert 12-07-12
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    "The beginning of a great trilogy..."
    If you could sum up Path of Destruction in three words, what would they be?

    How to take one sentence and turn it into a amazing work of fiction. My three words would be: Wow. Wow. Wow.


    What other book might you compare Path of Destruction to and why?

    Perhaps Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, as it shows the back story and how things developed the way that they did. However, since fans did not have a lots of information on Bane, it was interesting to watch it develop organically, rather than be shoehorned into the existing canon, although I great enjoyed Plageuis. It's hard to say which one was superior.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The giving of a lightsaber to Bane and his battle with his old battlemaster.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You know the rule, now meet the man.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jijo Puthiakunnel Ca 11-27-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Officially a Star Wars Geek!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

    I always thought I was a Star Wars geek because I saw all the movies multiple times. I had never read any of the books before or listened to one. After hearing this rendition of Darth Bane I can say that I am on board the Star Wars ship (pun not intended). It was awesome, like watching a long movie. So in a way I did like it better than reading a book. The sound effects and dialogue made it a more pleasing experience. I love the description of the Darkside and the book gave me a more in depth look at the Darkside vs. Lightside. It all seems like it has been borrowed from Taoism. I finished it in less than a week and am eagerly waiting for my next credit so I can hear and enjoy "The Rule of Two." A tremendously entertaining audio book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Bane of course, you kind of root for him because he had such a bad life; however you realize the full extent of the evil he is becoming later and feel a guilty pleasure at being his fan.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Well read and stays true to the dynamics of the narrative.


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

    I love the light saber fights and the music. The sound effects are awesome!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward N. Cambria, PA, United States 11-25-12
    Edward N. Cambria, PA, United States 11-25-12
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    "I want to be Bane!!"
    Where does Path of Destruction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first book I've listened to with background noise/sound effects and it makes it so much more enjoyable and easy to listen to!! Being a huge SW nerd I find it hard to believe it's taken me this long to listen to expanded universe book. Well worth it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

    For me it was Banes training on Korriban


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Githany. Two devious personalities trying to subdue the other


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry...no. Laugh...yes a few times. Des is quite funny in his gruff personality.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't stop listening. On to Book 2.....

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sissel Harstad, Norway 11-02-12
    sissel Harstad, Norway 11-02-12
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    "Amazing"
    Where does Path of Destruction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5, just great.Never read the trilogy and so happy i could get them on VO for the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Githany, a Sith lords dream girl.Also Bane was great.The way he transfom into a true Sith.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Think he did well.He dident make Banes voice poweful all the time, but it is a comanding voice none the less in the way he speaks.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just really well written.I enjoy when a novel focus only on a few characters and dont bring in to many side characters.

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    Chris Frisco, Texas, United States 12-06-12
    Chris Frisco, Texas, United States 12-06-12
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    "My absolute favorite star wars book but....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

    i wouldnt consider this audio edition better than the print because its missing a chapter or two. theres a gap from the end of chapter 17 to chapter 18 thats not there. it goes from bane going to bed to bane missing with no explanation. other than this the audio is great


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

    bane


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    where is the part where bane argues with the master and leaves to search the sith temple?

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    Timothy Platte 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Great Narration"

    Absolutely superb. Didn't want to stop listening. Definitely recommend to any Star Wars fan. Wow.

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    CLYDEBANK, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Book one of the Darth Bane series."

    Path of destruction takes you on a journey a long ling time ago in a place far away. Before most known lore of Star wars.

    It follows the life of a Sith legend and shows you his struggles to greatness. You meet a wide cast of different characters all brought to life by a great narrator, Jonathan Davis, Which really pulls you into the story that bit extra

    Another thing that pulls you in and is a fantastic bonus over the books is the sound effects. Just hearing the hum on a lightsaber just adds the extra oomf to the battles.



    Its a must have for any Star wars fan or just anyone into sifi.

    The great story writer Drew Karpyshyn really had made this series of books a great one which will make you just want to keep listening and hope it doesn't stop.



    These are a must have in any Star wars fan.





    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    whitton, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "a must for all star wars fans"

    have to say I really enjoy this book its very well written and fits in well to the star wars universe.

    my only gripe is with the narrator Jonathan Davis it felt a bit flat in some parts. But I have to say I normally enjoy his work in the other books he has Narrated.



    Over all a great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "One of the best"

    This is by far one of my favourite books I have listened to it was so refreshing and gave you a real understanding on what the author was trying to get across to his audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. E. Mcgookin
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "Great Listen"

    Really enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought the second one before I was due a credit. Great telling of how the sith order was in the past, and how the "one master, one apprentice" theory came about and how Bane goes about his plan to restore the order to his vision. Nice to hear Bane's beginnings before he was a sith as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MARKWOOD
    4/26/16
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    "If you what to know about the rule of tow"

    As a big fan of the hole Star Wars universe I what'd to know more about the sith and the rule of to and this book is about darth bane the maker of that rule a grate book for anyone whaling to know more like me or if you like the sith more than Jedi I gave it the rating cos for me it tikes all the boxes I got it for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jcon
    UK London
    4/23/16
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    "Great story, Shame about the narrator"

    I have all 3 paperback books of the Darth Bane story, it took ten chapters before I could get used to the very similar sound of all the characters. This didn't ruin the story but it's something that should be known to future readers. Yes! I'm going to continue with the other 2 audio books :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    4/21/16
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    "Through Listening My Chains Are Broken"

    What a great start to a series. It's a nice change of pace to have a story almost entirely about the sith instead of the usual side characters they sometimes tend to be in star wars stories. Jonathan Davis is very good, having listened to the other old republic books narrated by Mark Thompson (who is fantastic at telling these stories) I was hesitant at first but I think it works although a part of me wishes he'd done these too. No time to waste, I'm going to start the next book in the Darth Bane series right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    3/29/16
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    "Story good, narration average"

    I liked the story of bane but I have listened to better narration in books on here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bram
    3/1/16
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    "Magnificent!"

    This book is a perfect addition to the entire storyline of Star Wars. After listening to this book more things became clear to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dave h
    2/4/16
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    "excellent"

    By far the best book I have listened to so far. Amazing story, narrator and effects. I was disappointed that it finnished, however I still have book 2 and 3 to listen too :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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