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Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader | [James Luceno]

Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.
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Publisher's Summary

Throughout the galaxy, it was believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, had died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some extent, that was true. Anakin was dead.

From the site of Anakin Skywalker's last stand, on the molten surface of the planet Mustafar, where he sought to destroy his friend and former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, a fearsome specter in black has risen. Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi Order, he is now a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, and the avenging right hand of the galaxy's ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead, and Darth Vader lives.

Word of the events that created him, the Jedi Council's failed mutiny against Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the self-crowned Emperor's retaliatory command to exterminate the Jedi Order, and Anakin's massacre of his comrades and Masters in the Jedi Temple, has yet to reach all quarters. On the Outer Rim world of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are leading a charge on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide, red with Jedi blood, has turned suddenly against them.

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme's death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime, and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

© & (P)2005 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM; Random House Audio, a divsion of Random House, Inc.

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    Mark Warner, NH, USA 01-04-06
    Mark Warner, NH, USA 01-04-06
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    "The Force Lives!"

    As one of the premier authors of the Star Wars series, James Luceno is known for the depth of his insights and the skill of his storytelling. In "Dark Lord" he demonstrates his skills at their finest. The story brings the Star Wars fan into new revelations about the development of critical characters and the abridged story moves smoothly, holding the listeners interest throughout. The production value of the story is a treat, providing plenty of "extras" to enhance the listeners enjoyment of the audio and nothing to get in the way.

    "Dark Lord" is a true triumph in the Star Wars pantheon.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 04-18-13
    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Favorite Star Wars Audiobook"
    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    I have listened to I think 80% of all the available SW Audiobooks and this is my favorite book. I don't know exactly what it is, but I just LOVE it! I got this audiobook when it came out in 2005 and I have listened to it at least a dozen times since then. Whether it was at college, commuting/road trip, or at work this book is just so entertaining. It has everything I love about the movies and what I love about the clone war. The time between Episode 3 and 4 is my favorite time period in Star Wars. I just love this book!


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

    When I first. Heard this I couldn't imagine anyone else doing Star Wars books. I love Marc Thompson but Jonathan Davis is fantastic.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amando laredo , TX, USA 06-01-06
    Amando laredo , TX, USA 06-01-06
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    "The story needed to be told"

    For all the star wars fans who were left with an empty feeling after Revenge of the Sith. Dark Lord gives you an inside look at Darth Vader! His Feeling his towards his new self and the jedi. Includes sound effects, a must for all star wars fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Little Rock, AR, USA 05-10-06
    Melissa Little Rock, AR, USA 05-10-06
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    "Enjoyable"

    I downloaded this book as a casual Star Wars fan simply wanting to be entertained while I exercised. I thought the story line sounded pretty interesting and this book certainly delivered in that respect. For me, the sound effects and "radio-play" feel of the reading worked. It helped me escape and lose myself in the SW universe.

    I would recommend this for someone who simply wants to be entertained, pure and simple. No deep thinking necessary. Just sit back and enjoy it.

    By the way, it seriously whetted my appetite for the next book in the series, if there is to be one. Something to fill the gap between the end of Dark Lord and the beginning of A New Hope would be great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jade 12-02-05
    Jade 12-02-05
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    "It's about time!!!"

    For years, I yearned for Star Wars audio to be added to Audible and noticed that finally, they are. The narrator is clear and conscise; sound effects are as always, "Lucas approved perfection" and James Luceno has written another great addition to the saga. For those listeners who are not avid Star Wars readers, this book is a great listen. However, people like me who have read just about every book, the abridged addition is a bit of a disappointment. The numerous characters, weapons and "other stuff" in this book can be confusing to some, since there are many but it is a definite must listen especially with the cool sound effects.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hansenfam 04-13-15
    Hansenfam 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Get to know Vader"

    Excellent story that sheds light/insight on the rise and power of Vader. Loved it. Hard to stop for sleep lol.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beethle 03-23-15
    Beethle 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Most powerful with the Force?"

    The performance for this was top notch. My only quarrels are with Vader himself. He is clunky and uncoordinated throughout most of this book. To think he is the chosen one is sad. I feel Darth Bane and Plageus were much more powerful in the Dark Side than Vader. But this is only the beginning of his journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Carter America! 01-25-15
    S. Carter America! 01-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Once you get past the non-Vader material..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Takes a while to get to the main story. As is normal with all Star Wars novels about the bad guys, a huge percentage of the book is devoted to describing the Jedi, including the mandatory side story with the youngster padawan. I'm all for setting up conflicts and establishing character credibility, but this is a chronic problem with most Star Wars books ostensibly devoted to exploring the villain characters.


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

    Jonathan Davis is quite good at his craft.


    Was Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader worth the listening time?

    Mostly. Unfortunately it's another Star Wars book with a Sith title and a Jedi story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 01-02-15
    Chris 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Cool Story but..."
    Where does Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Production on this audiobook was awesome. The Star Wars sound effects make it feel like a real Star Wars experience enhancing the overall story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story has quite a few endearing characters as well as major cameos but obviously the story is about Vader and if he's not your favorite then you probably shouldn't be listening to this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This book is full of major high points, but I guess that's my biggest issue. "The Rise of Vader" in my opinion has already been told through the albeit somewhat disappointing prequels. This covers neither Vader's slaughtering of the Jedi nor his conquering of the emperor and subsequent redemption... As a fan, it's a bit hard to get up for the fact that Vader is killing a Jedi which is the basis of this story - even if it is allegedly the last Jedi - when we know he's just gone on a rampage and killed thousands of them.


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

    If the rebellion knew Chewbacca was such a great pilot during the rise of Vader, why did they let him team up with a scoundrel like Han Solo? Seems like he would have made a useful ally to the remaining Jedi and the rebellion even in its infancy...


    Any additional comments?

    StarFire was a ridiculous character name.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Caledonia, MI, United States 05-04-14
    Mark Caledonia, MI, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"
    Where does Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    Anakin / Vader thoughts of his life support suit


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I like the narrators who change their voice to represent the different characters...
    Jonathan Davis is one of the best


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for any Star Wars fan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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