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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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    Scott Earth 10-13-13
    Scott Earth 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis? What did you like least?

    Way too much politics and exposition in this book, not enough action. Interesting prequel for Episode 1, but slow to progress. Some technical issues in the recording, clicks, obvious times when they switch between recording sessions.


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    Johnathan Auburn, KS, United States 05-01-13
    Johnathan Auburn, KS, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, HORRIBLE NARRATOR"
    What disappointed you about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    The narrator was almost unbearable. Made it through the book for the story aspect, but it was not pleasant to listen to the narrator.


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    Jay United States 04-19-13
    Jay United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A long time ago....nothing much happened."

    A long time ago, in the way way back time, before....STAR WARS....nothing much happened. Well, maybe a couple things here and there, but not enough to justify the 15 hours I wasted on listening to this. Unfortunately with Star Wars novels' authors go into waaay too much detail with galaxy politics. There is more excitement watching CNN, and at least you learn something about the real world. If Episode lll inspired you to purchase this, just fast forward to the last 60 seconds and your life will be much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Very good book. Love the backgrounds of the sith and Jedi. easy to follow, nice timeline and very intriguing. My only problem with this and many of the Star Wars books is that they seem to try to mimmick George Lucas writing style. Why don't i like this, because the more powerful the character, the dumber and more anti-climatic they die/perish...

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 09-10-12
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "I just thought I loved Star Wars..."

    I was your typical young man who was really into the new slew of movies coming out and rediscovered all the depth of the saga. The book synopsis really lured me in and as much as I had listened to so far (I haven't finished and moved on) it is pretty good. My downfall is that I don't REALLY love Star Wars as much as I thought! I constantly had to pause the book and keep going online to real SW fan pages to find out what the heck the author was talking about, such as planets, other characters, certain bits of history I didn't know. It was all interesting to me, but at last the time and labor of doing the constant research got the best of me and I moved on to another book. Good read, but I didn't see this problem of mine coming. Hope this helps.

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    Richard United States 06-19-12
    Richard United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012

    A Star Wars loving man from the South.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    I would, though I can't say I've read the print version. But honestly I don't have the time for it, this is really convenient.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characterr was Palpatine, fascinating origin.


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

    A sense of being in the story.


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

    A new take on what you thought you knew.


    Any additional comments?

    NA

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    Diego V 03-12-12
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    I found this book lacking any type of intrigue or action. I am a big Star Wars fan, so this book does fill a gap in the story. The performance was good. I liked most of the sound effect and the music. Sometime the crowd noise was distracting.

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    Joy Oswego, KS, United States 02-28-12
    Joy Oswego, KS, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A different kind of story"
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    This is a story about the Sith, so it is dark. It was hard to get into the book. It is an interesting perspective . . . just didn't seem to hold my attention as well as some of the others.

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    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 01-13-12
    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 01-13-12 Member Since 2004

    You have listened to how many Audiobooks!!!!!

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    "Starw Wars is not Shakespeare"
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 75%


    Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Davis’s performances?

    No Not unless it a work of Shakespeare


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

    No not with the narrator


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    The reader had an accent that took away from the story; he does not have an exciting voice. I found myself getting drowsy during his reading.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Donovan Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Donovan Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Where's the hero to face our anti-hero"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book really needed a central opposing character to the main character(s). It ultimately read like part memoir, part historical non-fiction because it never really settled on a central plotline. You jump around a lot, things happen, but they are all more of vignettes than a through story. You know where it's going to end up because they tell you at the beginning but getting there doesn't seem very satisfying when you arrive.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For those who know Star Wars well (and why else would you randomly pick up a Star Wars book if you haven't seen the movies?), it's a nice companion book to the events that precede The Phantom Menace. But the quandry is this: If you haven't seen the pre-trilogy, it's all really hard to follow. You feel a little like this story skates and skimps when it comes to how they are actually pulling off a galactic coupe. The best part for me was probably exploring the inner-mind of a Sith Lord. But *spoilers* they aren't all that complicated as it turns out. They want to rule the world. It's a pretty basic philosophy.


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

    I liked him as a reader. No complaints there.


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    I will always be able to make it through a Star Wars audio book because they add all the fun and immersive sound effects and music to add layers of epic-ness to the experience.

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