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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
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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.

    8 of 8 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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    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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    Reese Lynnwood, WA, USA 05-03-07
    Reese Lynnwood, WA, USA 05-03-07
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    "Great Novel"

    I have read numerous Star Wars novels and this was my first audible book. I enjoyed it very much, it was almost like watching a movie in my head. The content and storyline kept me wanting for more every minute. I hope they continue this storyline with more novels because I would buy them in a heartbeat. Wonderful Narration!

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    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.

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    Mark Caledonia, MI, United States 05-04-14
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    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

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    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-08-13
    Scott Omaha, NE, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "More Vader books"

    I liked the insight into Lord Vader, the movies tended to leave that part out. Over all a good story and performance.

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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally, what we missed in all of the prequels..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I bet this audio edition is better considering the awesome voices, music, and special effects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jonathan Davis did a great job doing Darth Vader's voice, I can tell he used some kind of voice changing technology to achieve the effect. As for the writing, you really get a feel for the characters with Luceno's ability. You care what happens to them. It was exciting, dark, and you get a lot of great Vader moments. It also delves into the transition of the Anakin mindset to the full-on Darthness, which was pleasantly surprising. I hope we get a direct sequel to this gem.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tough choice, maybe the ending scene when everyone's favorite old fool Ben Kenobi is watching TV. The duel on the Wookie home-world was also quite exhilarating, and the several spots where characters were starting to realize just who this new player on the scene use to be were quite chilling.


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

    I didn't cry, but It's definitely my favorite so far of all the Star Wars audio books I've listened to.


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    George elkton, MD, USA 01-04-10
    George elkton, MD, USA 01-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantastic"

    There are very few books I like to listen to more than once and this is one of them.

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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.

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