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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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    Karen 01-21-13
    Karen 01-21-13

    Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.

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    "Great Story, Fantastic Production"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 01-19-13
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 11-29-12
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Informative"

    This book was pretty good. It follows the transformation of a decent man into an evil emotionless hollow man whose goals are totally warped by the dark side of the force. I think this book was interesting to learn how the Star Wars universe converted from many sith to only two. It explains it more completely and for me that was reason enough to get it to understand why their are only two sith in the movies.

    That said I won't be getting book 2 or 3 because this was the only portion of the story that is at all relevant to the larger story of star wars and the 2 books just tell about later portions of Banes life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-19-13
    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-19-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "The Force is with Jonathan Davis"
    Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-05-12
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Start to a Trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to Path of Destruction the most enjoyable?

    Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.


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

    Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jt casper, WY, United States 01-04-13
    Jt casper, WY, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jijo Puthiakunnel Ca 11-27-12 Member Since 2011

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    angelina spence Arizona 03-13-14
    angelina spence Arizona 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thrilling tale"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13
    Oliver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome book but missing a part"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bane. as he kicks ass


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CHRIS
    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!

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. E. Mcgookin
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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