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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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    Mack SLC, UT 01-09-13
    Mack SLC, UT 01-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Quack Quack

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    "Vindicator of Episode 1"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    Yes. It makes sense of a lot of what was wrong with Episode 1.


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

    When Palpatine confronts and kills Darth Plagueis.


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    Patricio Upplands Väsby, Sweden 12-31-12
    Patricio Upplands Väsby, Sweden 12-31-12
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    "Intriguing story with good narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    Star Wars: Darth Plagueis presents the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise and the rise of Darth Sidious - how he was found as a youth, raised as a sith and in the end killed his master, Plagueis, in his sleep.The story is woven together with The Phantom Menace and other books, casting more light to some questions and depth to previously portraid events. Very typical of the author James Luceno.


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

    The most memorable moments of the book was Palpatine's emancipation from his family and in the end from Darth Plagueis, both intensified by the excellent narration and sound effects.


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    Daniel Davis's performance was impecable and a welcomed addition to the Star Wars universe which is otherwise dominated by 2-3 recurring narrators. His senior voice gave the audiobook it's rightful arcane tone. A good choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is a given choice for anyone interested in the background of Darth Sidious and the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise, how he could keep the one's he cared about from dying, but in the end, not himself.

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    Anthony GREENVILLE, SC, United States 12-21-12
    Anthony GREENVILLE, SC, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An exciting listen...."
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is perhaps my favorite audiobook outside of the Dresden Files. All of the different characters, background music, special sound effects really set the tone for this story...and the story is great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Senator Palpatine / Darth Sidious. Just a fantastic double play building into existence.


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    I didn't dislike it! Really, he does a great job.


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

    Absolutely. This book was over all too soon. For me, that is how I know when I like an audiobook. I could not wait for the end of Cloud Atlas to come, though not a bad listen, it just didn't capture my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now looking for my next Star Wars audiobook. Anyone have any recommendations?

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    Seth Raytown, MO, United States 12-19-12
    Seth Raytown, MO, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Easily the best Star Wars Novel EVER."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    This is the best Star Wars audiobook ever released. Apart from the fact that the storytelling is among the best works of fiction I've ever read, it's simply amazing in audiobook form. Daniel Davis is my new all time favorite narrator. He was the PERFECT person to narrate this book. I can't recommend it highly enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Palpatine/Sideous because he's eerily smart.


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    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 12-18-12
    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 12-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Probably my favorite Star Wars book!"
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    10+


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to and why?

    I can't really compare it. It has the dark sith feel of the Darth Bain book but far more detailed. Should have been part of the trilogy for sure.


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

    Vivid scenes and easy to listen to as well.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass it up!

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    Joven Martinez 12-01-12

    Childe of Discordia and a true Mando'ade at heart.

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    "a view of the inner workings of the sith"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    i enjoyed the development of all the characters. with the primary characters fully fleshed out the story had real depth to it.


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

    the realization that the characters were not truly "evil" just completely amoral. there is a fine line and they don't seem to cross it. as "mystical" people, force users can be very scientific in their views of the universe.


    Any additional comments?

    the book was at times slow and seemingly ponderous, but that's how the sith operate. as slow as cancer and thrice as deadly.

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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-30-12
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stands alone in a sea of Star Wars"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    Bridges the Gap. Between the Darth Bane series and Episode 1 of the movies there is a huge story gap. This book does an excellent job of bridging that gap without closing it.

    As a side note pick up the Darth Bane trilogy if you have not. It tells one of the best story arcs in the Star Wars universe. Read them first, but not necessary to enjoy this one.


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

    The book stands out as a moment in itself. Daniel Davis brings a side to this story that I don't Marc Thompson could have (but Marc is still awesome). The dynamic in the telling of most of the story from the Dark Side's point view required a certain maturity, or an old guy's voice. This rendition nailed it!

    The author dove deep into how the Sith and Jedi think and feel about the force in a way that had not been conveyed in any other book before. Some SW are fluffy and nothing but action. Darth Plagueis has action and multi layered depth. This is battling to be my favorite Star Wars book of all.


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

    Absolutely


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    Pedro 11-21-12
    Pedro 11-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The bits that were missing..."

    The story of Darth Plagueis is rich with details of the moments that give rise to the ultimate Sith of the great story we all love, Darth Sidious.
    Not only it accounts for the machinations of the Dark Lords of the Sith but also some of the events present in the 1st Episode, while at the same time encompassing a great story by itself.
    The performance of Daniel Davis is brilliant. Emotional, and clear. The characters do come to life with his interpretations.
    Overall, a book worthy of listening again.

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    Jimmy 11-08-12
    Jimmy 11-08-12
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    "Perfect Episode I prequel: Boring and Unnecessary"

    I have read 40+ Star Wars novels, and listened to another 5.

    This was the most tedious and boring of all of them. It has so much promise, given the subject matter: the rise of Sidious, the origin of Maul, use of the Force to extend life.

    But the whole thing is mired in a series of scenes where rich men whisper threats in the shadows at cocktail parties and discuss the fate of the galaxy over a banquet table.

    If you're hoping (like I was) for a Dark Side novel that fills the gaps between the Bane era and Episode I, this is not it. If you like details of the excruciating minutiae behind the International Banking Clan, the Trade Federation and the Senate, this might be your novel.

    Oh yes, there's lovely descriptions of the various beards to be found on the Jedi Council.

    The performance of the narrator is quite good. But, I take issue with the constant background noise. Its one thing to have a laser blast or light saber hum to accentuate the action. But this novel has constant "conversation" background noise whenever someone is at a cocktail party (which is about 25% of the novel). I am an audiologist and we use noise like that to make speech perception testing more difficult. Why would you want to be challenged to understand that is being said in an audiobook?!

    A boring novel that fails to deliver what is promised, with questionable production decisions.

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    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 10-19-12
    Coalition Deadboys Podcast Spanish Fork, UT, United States 10-19-12
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    "So good, it makes the Prequels seem better"

    Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars books that I've read. Period. I could stop writing now, and that's all you'd need to know. But since it's me, I'll go a little deeper.

    Darth Plagueis follows the title character and his nefarious dealings throughout the galaxy. Many things are revealed to us, which seems fitting given what little we had heard of Plagueis before. As with other books in the Star Wars universe, this one is teeming with life that we both know and that which we don't know. Many of the events and undercurrents are explained in the book, and we can see just how much power and influence each of the characters had on the galaxy as a whole. Aside from how it ties in, there doesn't seem to be any action, which is unusual in the Star Wars franchise. Most of the compelling action is centered around character, money, power and politics. Essentially, it succeeded where Episodes I and II failed. So much so, in fact, that the two films may be tolerable after reading Darth Plagueis.

    Writing is solid, and almost terrifying. The characters come to life, and the characters in this book are true villains. Not necessarily the type of villain we get in 1920s melodrama, but the kind of bad guy that knows he's in the right and will do anything or destroy anyone who tries to stop him. With such cold and calculated moves, we are sucked into the book and it keeps us going with a kind of morbid curiousity about how they are going to go about their evil deeds. Although it brings us to a kind of fearful state, it is well-written. Between the fear and the great prose, we are left in a kind of fearful reverie. At once enjoying sublime writing about some of the darkest deeds ever done in the years leading up to the Clone Wars. I'm already wondering when I'll have time to read it again.

    The one complaint that I could possibly imagine about this book is the depth of the theory in regards to the Force. It gets into the deep theories about how the Force works, and I had to back up and go over some portions three or four times. In the end, I just kind of assumed that it was something that I hadn't read about in the Expanded Universe yet. If you've read a lot of the EU, then you won't have a problem. If you're still fairly new to Star Wars books, just realize that you may not understand everything that they're saying because...You've taken your fist step into a larger world.

    Daniel Davis is the perfect reader for a book like this. I can't think of a better complement to a creepy book like this than his basso voice shaking your bones. But at the same time, if a droid is speaking, his voice raises, and it almost doesn't feel like the same person. Fantastically done. Also, the production includes sound effects like lightsabers, blasters, clicks, buzzes, whistles and claxons to bring you deeper into the world. Parts 1 and 2 start out with John Williams's brilliant Star Wars openings, and each chapter ends with or includes music appropriate to the situation. This is the first Star Wars book I've listened to, and I am extremely impressed.

    I came away from this book thinking of one word: wow. I am impressed at how well done this book was in every aspect. Whether or not you like the Prequel Trilogy, Darth Plagueis is certainly worth a read (or listen), and is so good that it may even make the first two films more enjoyable.

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