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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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    Gregory S. Pugh Carmel, IN 05-05-15
    Gregory S. Pugh Carmel, IN 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Great Star Wars Audiobook"

    The Star Wars audiobooks are such a guilty pleasure with their sound effects and very skilled narrators. This one is no exception. I enjoyed James Luceno's Dark Lord and once again have enjoyed his writing in Darth Plagueis.

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    Enora 05-05-15
    Enora 05-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "James Luceno + Daniel Davis = a Powerhouse"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if one is necessarily better than the other but I'd definitely recommend the audio. Who wants to miss out on the Star Wars sound effects? Honestly, this did make me want to go out and purchase the paperback for later reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Sidious. James Luceno and Daniel Davis gave him a lot of depth.


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

    This was my first experience with Daniel Davis and I was impressed. I hope to find more Star Wars novels narrated by him.


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

    Not particularly but it certainly gave me a lot to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    I like how Luceno basically implies that Anakin's birth was like the force giving Darth Plagueis the middle finger. Under the events of Darth Plagueis, it's quite possible Anakin would have never been born if it hadn't been for the Sith Lord.

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    Mark Hesser Bradenton, FL United States 05-02-15
    Mark Hesser Bradenton, FL United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "And if you thought episode 1 & 2 were too politic!"

    Up until the mid section it was a great insight into plagueis and palatine. But the last half it was a little tough to remember which senator is which. There was a lot of run around with not much payoff. Still a good story though.

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    Sean Lara 04-28-15
    Sean Lara 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Top-Notch Production"

    Best audiobook I've ever listened to. The narration, dialogue, ambient sounds, background fx, and music worked to submerge me into the story completely. It truly is a production.

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    Geno 04-26-15
    Geno 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excelente! Darth Plagueis es esencial a Star War"

    El tener efectos de sonido con esta excelente historia hace que no quieras descansar hasta terminarlo. Muy recomendable.
    Essential audiobook if you really want to get deep into the dark side! Sound effects also makes this story mire fascinating!

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    GLEN DILLOW 04-20-15
    GLEN DILLOW 04-20-15
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    "One of the Best"

    Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars novels ever written. It takes hold and never lets go. The novel provides a good history leading up to Episode 1, and delves deeply into the teachings of the Sith. Daniel Davis is an excellent narrator, bringing out the menace of the Dark Lords.

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    Anthony Sasso Kingston, NY United States 04-19-15
    Anthony Sasso Kingston, NY United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One to pick up"

    Very much enjoyed the audio book. I was very happy with the narrator selection; I very much enjoyed his presentation of the characters as well as the narration.

    Star Wars is one of my first loves and getting to understand the back story/Backroom dealings that lead to up to the movies I love is a great experience. I was very happy with the story and felt it was well told.

    I highly recommend this book!

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    Peter 04-17-15
    Peter 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "First Starwars book"

    I'll admit this is my first audio book, and star wars book. I was blown away by the detail and quality. Even knowing the eventual outcome of the events taking place in the book it was a more than a enjoyable experience to see how the events before the movies took place. I now have a greater appreciation of the first 3 episodes.

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    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 03-13-15
    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fantastic view into the Dark Side"

    This is not a book you read to see how the story ends. Anyone who has seen the Star Wars films know where the path leads. This is a book to read to find out how we got to the stories told in the Star Wars films. And this book does it masterfully.

    I've read many Star Wars books over the years. Some have been great, some just OK, and many quite mediocre. This book sits at a high place on the list.

    This book starts some 40 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace" and tells the tale of Darth Plagueis, the Sith Lord who recruited and trained Palpatine; the one who would eventually become ruler of the Galactic Empire. It picks up with Plagueis orchestrating the murder of his own master and his dropping the shackles of the apprentice role in the Sith Lord pairing. Over the course, we get to see how he finds Palpatine, and how all the pieces are put in motion that have their final payoffs in the prequel trilogy. Count Dooku, Darth Maul, the creation of the clone army, and the engineering of the Naboo crisis with the blockade by the Trade Federation. All with come to be understood and the roles that Plagueis and Palpatine (Darth Siddious) play in bringing them about.

    It's more political thriller than space opera. It also represents a rather higher level of prose than I'm using to seeing in a Star Wars novel, and it was most welcome.

    Finally, as usual, I took this in as an audio book. While Mark Thompson does well narrating the typical Star Wars novel as a jaunty, swashbuckling adventure, I don't think his style would have worked as well with this story and these characters. Daniel Davis does an excellent job bringing this much darker Star Wars tale to life.

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    Matt 09-22-14
    Matt 09-22-14 Member Since 2015

    "Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane

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    "The tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    Darth Plegueis vs Venamis, his retaliation vs the ex king of naboo. And if you have heard or read Maul: Lockdown you know how the bando gora get their weapon used to attack the Dark Lord.


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

    Darth Bane Trilogy, and Maul: Lockdown. They all make you want to see the Dark Lord prevail.


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

    Darth Tenebrous. But his Palpatine was great considering we all already know one voice for him, he was excellent. Nute Gunray, the Neimodian was hilarious.


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    "In my top ten of Star Wars book favorites."
    Where does Star Wars: Darth Plagueis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best in the Star Wars literacy greats.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Palatine becomes so evil, yet true sith.


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

    His voice commands the book with such resonance. bestowing the essence of the characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    True unbridled misuse of power for one`s own ends.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book read by a true star of audio deliverer.

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