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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis | [James Luceno]

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.
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Publisher's Summary

He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived... but could he be the only one who never died?

“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying." -Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master - but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power... over life and death.

Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination - and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?

From the Hardcover edition.

©2012 James Luceno (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Tedd United States 04-01-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    Whether you are of the school of thought that holds Episodes 1-3 were merely afterthoughts, you'll have to agree they will make much more sense in light of this well-spun tale. Answers a lot of the questions raised more than addressed by recent cinematic disappointments. A must read for all true fans of the Saga.


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    Mark North Richland Hills, TX, United States 03-27-12
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    This book was a great listen. The performance was excellent and the story was wonderful. I am no a fa of most of the Star Wars books, but this was great.

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    Efrain United States 03-25-12
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    "A Must Read for any Star Wars Fan!"
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    James Luceno does it again!
    great plot and great story telling...!

    This will not disappoint! Enjoy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Palpatine. Simply Sith!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler.....

    Death of Palpatine's Family.


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    Caleb Vancouver, WA, United States 03-22-12
    Caleb Vancouver, WA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "VERY GOOD...with some caveats..."

    The Good:

    James Luceno is a fantastic author who does not get the respect he deserves. I've been reading his stuff going all the way back to his Robotech days. I tend to dislike Star Wars novels, but those written by Luceno are the ones I read. His complex characters and use of language is just amazing.

    I agree with the over reviewers that using Daniel Davis for this book was a genius choice. That deep, classic voice with the British accent is *perfect* for the characters in this book.

    The first half of this book ranks up there with of the most entertaining books I've ever read (or heard). That's high praise because I've read 1000's of books in my life, fiction and nonfiction both. His insights into the mind of evil characters, and of the Dark Side, are amazing. Oh, if only the second half of the book was like the first...

    The Bad:

    WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!

    Did you read that there are spoilers ahead? Okay...you've been warned...

    While Luceno does a great job and showing the evil Plagueis and Sideous, he does something with the plot in the latter half of the book that completely shortchanges Sideous as an evil mastermind. He essentially recons the entire Star Wars story to show that during the events of The Phantom Menace, it was *Plagueis* who is behind everything, not Sideous. HUH? Yeah. Can you imagine that during the entire time frame of TPM and everything leading up to it, Sideous was taking orders from Plagueis, and Plagueis exits the story only AFTER the events of Phantom Manace?

    Thought the Darth Sideous was the evil mastermind behind everything that happens in the novels and prequel movies? Not according to Luceno. Darth Sideous is relagated to a second-in-command character during this time frame. Yuck.

    Oh well. Still a good book, but damn, that latter half really blew it for me.

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    Mark Plano, Texas 03-16-12
    Mark Plano, Texas 03-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent background and awesome narrator"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    The story was consistent with everything I know about star wars, and the narrators voice was just short of James earl jones himself...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    I don't want to give away any of the story,but it was good all the way through


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to this on my way to work. It took a little over a week


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    Jason San Francisco 03-13-12
    Jason San Francisco 03-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Made me want to watch Phantom Menace Again?!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    Empire Origin Story


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

    There is a point in the book where Plagueis is sneak attacked by his enemies and changes the course of the book. I was driving at the time and caught so off guard, I'm glad no one did any sudden stops in front of me or there would have been an accident.


    Any additional comments?

    The book feels more like a political thriller as it sets up the stage for the fall of the republic. It tells an engaging back story for Plagueis, Palpatine, and to some extent, Maul and Dooku's fall while filling in the holes left by the prequel movies, achieving the near impossible; making the prequel movies better!

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    Joseph Revere, MA, United States 03-07-12
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    "The best Star Wars book ever written"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    Every beautiful word. This book is amazing beyond compare in Star Wars literature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a Sith legend...


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    His brilliant voice, his intensity, I wish he could narrate everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. i'd listen to it every day if i could.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Star Wars fan, listen to this audiobook!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 03-02-12
    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Listen"

    Great performance by the narrator. I'd listen to anything he reads after hearing this one. The story was great if you are a Star Wars fan which I am. A couple of points where things were a bit obvious or left hanging but it's Star Wars so we aren't expecting to change the world except through ticket sales. It was entertaining and that's what I was after. If you are after the same thing and you enjoy the series pick it up.

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    Michael virginia beach, VA, United States 02-28-12
    Michael virginia beach, VA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    Yes. It makes the listener feel as if he is an exclusive insider in the workings of the powerful throughout the galaxy where the films made you focus mostly on the adventure and fates of a few popular characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well paced and thought out. A plot to make Dr. Doom envious.


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    His voice fit the contemplative personalities well but could use a bit more distinction between the impressions.


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

    Sort of. Made me really think and appreciate the larger world of Star Wars. The best written book of the saga that I've experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a good live action drama. A sort of Sci-fi version of Rome or the Borgia, sadly the sex and cursing wouldn't fit so well.

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    Slave Las Vegas, Nevada United States 02-23-12
    Slave Las Vegas, Nevada United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Outstanding Book"
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This ranks among the top of the books I've listened to. Daniel Davis made this one even better and it already stood tall by itself as a great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has everything you'd want in a Star Wars book. The back-story on the characters is thorough and quite entertaining. You get a little piece of everyone's story in this book - from Darth Maul, Count Dooku and some other prominent Jedi


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

    I have not but I will now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I am not that kind of listener but it was very good nontheless.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Star Wars this is the one for you.

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