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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audiobook

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis [Audiobook]

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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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    Gregory 10-11-16
    Gregory 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!"

    this was a great telling of plagueis , Palpatine and the beginning of an empire

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    Brian Kuka 10-08-16
    Brian Kuka 10-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    A great story continues and I can say I will definitely be going through this story on a regular basis.

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    Kelvin 10-06-16
    Kelvin 10-06-16
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    "extremely well written!"

    I especially loved Palatine's proposed deeper involvement in the events leading to the galactic empire!

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    Kristen V 10-04-16
    Kristen V 10-04-16

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    "Enjoyed it so much more than I expected!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! If you are a fan of Star Wars even a little bit then I would highly recommend this. Most of my knowledge is from the movies and this was a fantastic look 'behind the scenes' so to speak. I've already purchased more Star Wars audio books to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was engaging and the story flowed very well. It was fun to watch events unfold that you may have seen from the movies but the story certainly wouldn't be diminished if you haven't.


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

    No I've not listened to any of his other performances but I am a fan now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hmmm I'm not really creative but maybe the Rise of the Empire.


    Any additional comments?

    Again if you've seen the Star Wars movies, and specifically speaking of episodes 1-3, you will have a whole new appreciation for the Sith. It was wonderful to get some history behind the order and delve deep into what makes some of the characters tick. I love that books can give you so much more than a movie and it makes it even greater when a book can weave itself into what many may already know as established lore. I honestly don't think you can go wrong here from the story to the performance.

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    Mark 09-30-16
    Mark 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This explains alot"

    great story that fills in gaps and is well told. Excellent development of the story line.

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    J L SMith 09-30-16
    J L SMith 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Should be called Darth Sideous"

    It was a great story though! So you should check it out. As always great orrarion on star wars books.

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    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 09-29-16
    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 09-29-16 Member Since 2016

    I read, I write, I listen to books. I have worked as a scriptwriter for many projects some of which you can buy on Audible!

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    "A story worth telling, just not like this..."
    Would you try another book from James Luceno and/or Daniel Davis?

    I will absolutely listen and read more books by James Luceno who is, without a doubt, my favorite Star Wars author. He has written so many books that I really enjoyed, filling in holes within the story- and there are many!

    Unfortunately I found this book to be tedious, mainly because it's mostly about the politics and less about the characters. If there was anything that made the prequel movies difficult to watch (even more than Jar Jar in my opinion) it was the political discussions and talk about trade route taxation and government power plays. The reason the original trilogy works so well is because you have one political issue: The Empire is bad and the Alliance is trying to do something about it. The one political move the Emperor makes in the original trilogy is dissolving the Senate, which is handled in 3 lines of dialogue. (Heck, the force only gets 28 words of explanation in Episode IV, and Midiclorians don't come up at all)

    All the maneuvering padded the book out to probably twice the length and didn't help it move. This is a painful thing to write because I ordinarily love James Luceno's work. Unlike another reviewer I COULD stop listening. In fact, I set it aside for almost 3 years, just finishing it now to be done with it.

    Daniel Davis does a very nice job juggling so many characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Either Steven James Checkmate or a Raymond Benson James Bond.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Davis – was your favorite?

    He was good in all the roles, even Jabba. I think it was best when Palpatine is center stage.


    Could you see Star Wars: Darth Plagueis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The cast is already done. Virtually every character from Episodes I and II is here. It would need more action to be an exciting Star Wars movie or TV show.


    Any additional comments?

    I've known for years that authors working in someone else's kingdom, still Lucasfilm when this novel was written, have to abide by certain rules and narrative boundaries. When Margaret Wander Bonano is asked to autograph the Star Trek book Probe she signs on page 25, because that is the only page she wrote.

    James Luceno is a great writer, and I WILL read and/or listen to more of his books. This one is a nugget as far as I'm concerned (and not in the good way). I don't mind that it sprawls and covers many years, and I love the idea that it's telling the story of Palpatine and Count Dukoo the way that it does. It's just that it's uncharacteristically boring in the way it does it. Conversations and political machinations are good if you're reading Issac Asimov's Foundation. If you want Star Wars you expect something to happen, for the walls to close in or a space battle to blow you out of your seat.

    That doesn't happen here. This one is long on character and short on story. Star Wars should flop these around.

    And I'm certainly not saying that anybody is wrong for liking this book. I read John LeCarre', and all of his stuff is character driven. But he doesn't write Star Wars.

    And I WILL be reading Mr. Luceno's Rogue One intro novel.

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    Tyler D. Anderson 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Politics"

    Life story of Palpatine. Not much action. Mostly politics. really enjoyed thrawn and bane series. this not so much

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    Blueyerish 09-29-16
    Blueyerish 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    everything about this book and audio book was awesome. masterfully read and performed. this is a must listen

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    John Imprint 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It was more Sidious than Plagueis."

    Good story about how Sidious came to be. I think it should have followed Plagueis from when he started going to the dark side.

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