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Path of Destruction Audiobook

Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-19-13
    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-19-13

    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.

    21 of 23 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.


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    angelina spence 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thrilling tale"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Silver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13
    Silver Severna PArk, MD, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2016
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Patel Alabama 06-21-13
    P. Patel Alabama 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 01-21-13
    Cindy 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.

    10 of 12 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 2013
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    "Great"

    Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.

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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 11-09-16
    Jonathan 11-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An EPIC look into the dark side."
    If you could sum up Path of Destruction in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, Thrilling, Epic


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

    Jonathan Davis is amazing, the way he brings this story to life is absolutely brilliant. No doubt this book would be an amazing read, but Jonathan had me addicted.


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

    Several. The story of how Darth Bane came to be is not some walk in the park. There was pain, brutality, and turmoil. Any Star Wars fan who want's to see a story of the Dark wide would thoroughly enjoy this audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a Star Wars fan you won't be disappointed, if you're intrigued by the dark side, you NEED to listen to this audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christian 11-03-16
    Christian 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen"

    This book is a perfect pre-requisite leading into the next book. It left me wanting more. Awesome performance as well. Jonathan Davis rules.

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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
  • James
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    "My chains are Broken"

    Don't often leave reviews but had to, it showed the true power of the darkside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MEJP
    11/21/16
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    "I enjoyed this audio book I already have all three"

    I already have all three books in the series look forward to finishing the last one off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Luke A. J. Singleton
    Brighton, UK
    11/13/16
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    "Fantastic story"

    Path of Destruction is one of my favourites, so good to have it in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glen Stapley
    11/12/16
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    "Great Story "

    from the moment i started to listen, i was hooked. Well preformed and adapted by audible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    10/18/16
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    "Loved it."

    Great choice for anyone with a lust for the Dark side. Well narrated and such a deep and thought out story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Jones
    9/4/16
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    "Absolutely fantastic audio experience"

    This is a must have for any Star Wars fan ! This tale of bane is a brilliant part of the lore and a gripping tale from start to Finnish , I loved the narration he tells the story really well and the sound fx do a good job setting the atmosphere

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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