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
You have listened to how many Audiobooks!!!!!
No Not unless it a work of Shakespeare
No not with the narrator
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.
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.
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.
I liked him as a reader. No complaints there.
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.
The story was SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. Maybe the print version is better, I don't know, but I was almost to the end of this one and didn't even bother finishing it.
Definitely a book by John Scalzi, preferably narrated by Wil Wheaton.
SLOW SLOW SLOW. Half the time, I didn't even know what was going on because it was so SLOW my mind just wandered away...
All Star Wars books are pretty good, and it brings in some history with Senator Palpatine - that's about it.
BLAH! Get it at the thrift store or somewhere else you don't have to spend any money on. Better yet - the library!
I LOVE John Williams and Ben Burtt. But as an Adult i do have enough of an imagination to hear the lightsabers in my head.
It is SOOO distracting to have to listen to wind rushing and swirling in the background when the character is in his own head I want to through my iPod out the car window. And its mixed so poorly that sometimes I have trouble hear the damn Narrator!
That said..., The story is amazing! and Daniel Davis does an admirable job trying to make himself heard over the SFX Din. If i were either of those men I would be VERY angry about the presentation my work or performance is being given here.
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