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
I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable.
Definitely. In fact, I've already "read" it twice. I got the print edition when it was first released in paperback and absolutely loved it. But after hearing Jonathan Davis read it, I would never go back to print. He brought this story to a whole new level.
Bane. This is his story, and for good reason. He's not a good guy, but you can't help but cheer for him anyway.
Yes. I just finished listening to Snow Crash and Jonathan is way better in this one. His voices are far more varied and they suit each character perfectly.
Path of Destruction is the best of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books available. I can easily recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but also to anyone who would enjoy a story about a villain unleashed. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the characters cannot be beat. This book is well worth a listen.
Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.
Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here
As a huge fan of listening to the Star Wars books this reader was an excellent vocalist. Most of the other books are by Marc Thompson, who is awesome. I'm glad to know that they can bring in someone else equally as good.
Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.
I know this is completely nerdy of me to say, but I absolutely loved this book!
It was my first Star Wars book. It came highly recommended and I can now see why. The story line was believable and you really get to know and understand the characters. There was always enough action and twists to keep the story engaging, but not too many to detract from the actual story line.
On top of that, the performance was extraordinary! There was music and sound effects that, admittedly, made me giggle at first, but then really added something special to the story. They picked a great person to read the story. Davis's voice was almost seductive and made me want to keep coming back to listen. Each Character sounded different and he was really able to show emotion through his words.
I must admit, I did not get much work done while I listened to this audio book! Great Read! Your credits will not be wasted!
Yes, the audio uses real sounds from the movies, I felt like I could picture what I heard.
Bane, he's a badass beyond belief!
His ability to play different voices without me really noticing it was him, few times I swore there was someone else.
When Bane discovered the Unknown Planet.
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!
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.
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
I really enjoyed "Path of Destruction". I found the story to be compelling and extremely satisfying. The narration and overall production (sounds, music, and voice acting) was exceptional. The characters were captivating and the stories being told from the position of the Sith and the Jedi were expertly done.
Do I have any complaints? I am not sure that I really have any. For me, this book was precisely what I look for when I listen to or read a book... a fun and interesting escape from reality. I thought the book was narrated to near perfection, it was well written, had great action, excellent dialog, and provided amazing production value through and through.
Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.
One of the best sci-fi books I have ever heard or read. I am extremely impressed.
If you thought Vader was nasty meet Bane.
I read this book when it first came out in hardback. Loved it. When I discoverd Audible I searched every month to see if it had come out yet. That was years ago. When I saw they had put in audible I bought it even though I had no credits. One of the best star was books ever. Get it you'll love it. The last two Bane books are also worth reading. Both are very solid books.
The creation of Bane had a little bit of a weaker childhood story but his character development and transition to the dark side from his age was incredibly well-written.
Jonathan Davis did a great job with the voicing of the entire cast - even the women. It was easy to differentiate the characters as they were voiced.
Many of the descriptions of bodily injury caused me to cringe - well done!
"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.
"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!
"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.
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.
"a starwars beginning"
a formidable story for me this is the beginning of the starwars saga worth listening
"Narration is superb"
I wasnt sure about the narration from the sample, but rest assured, it is masterful.
The book is amazing, about a mans rise to power in the dark-side and the trials he must overcome.
You do not have to be a star wars fanatic to love this book. Im not, afterall
"Not amazing but a good listen non the less."
A bit cliche and cringy at times but I liked it enough to continue with the sequel.
"Good wholesome evil fun!"
Excellent audio book and a very good performance - most likely to be best appreciated by fans of star wars baddies.
"Scheming Sith. Evil has no friends."
Loved this book listened to it all at twice first time.
Really enjoyed the narrators story telling as well.
"2 there shall be. no more. no less"
Best star wars extended universe book out there! An apsolute must read for all star wars fans!
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