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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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    Joseph 03-07-12
    Joseph 03-07-12
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    "The best Star Wars book ever written"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    Every beautiful word. This book is amazing beyond compare in Star Wars literature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a Sith legend...


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    His brilliant voice, his intensity, I wish he could narrate everything.


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

    yes. i'd listen to it every day if i could.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Star Wars fan, listen to this audiobook!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Weemz 01-03-17
    Weemz 01-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The story episode 1 should have been"

    Amazing performance by Davis. This book gives so much more substance and meaning to the events that take place in the phantom menace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2017

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Sexton Telford, Pa USA 07-18-16
    Maria Sexton Telford, Pa USA 07-18-16
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    Narration and delivery were amazing as always, but hoped for more in the story. It was mostly politics, but the action scenes and portraition of the characters were superb. Wished for more action and better back story on Tenebrous, but overall, it's ok at best.

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    Efren 06-23-16
    Efren 06-23-16
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    "Couldn't stay awake"
    Would you try another book from James Luceno and/or Daniel Davis?

    I have already listened to several books by James Luceno including some from the New Jedi Order Series and Millenium Falcon.


    What was most disappointing about James Luceno’s story?

    A lot of times it would be the over-telling of the most mundane and mindless details that I would often have to skip ahead 30 seconds at a time. And for the parts I didn't skip, I found myself falling asleep to.


    Any additional comments?

    While it does show us the rise of Palpatine/Sidious and gives a little more insight into the Phantom Menace, I found it incredibly boring. Most of it was due to Luceno's writing, while in some way it was Daniel Davis narrating Luceno's story.

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    Omar Stamp 12-01-15
    Omar Stamp 12-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Thorough, Scientific, and Calculating"

    If you're looking for another peek into the ways of the Sith as thoroughly written as the reknowned "Darth Bane" Trilogy, look no further.

    Be prepared in the beginning for author James Luceno's metaphorical, and heavily syllabled writing stlyle, as well as the Aristocratc voice acting of narrator Daniel Lewis....give it a few chapters, and you will find it nothing less of completely appropriate for this tale of the workigs of the Darkside in a highly critical period in the BBY Timeline.

    The darkside is with you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 11-03-15
    Martin NEWBERG, OR, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2012

    Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day

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    "a must listen for star wars fans"

    Amazing production in tandem with an essential story;for those who want to better understand the core story arc of both the prequel and original moives.
    with out spoiling or giving to much away ill just say it has great pacing, spending just enough time on details to make you feel part of the S.W universe with elements of a really good political thriller.

    Its right up there with the thrawn trilogy in terms of Star wars entertainment and makes me want to get a black cowled robe and plot dark sided deeds.

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    ThomasBJJ 08-28-15
    ThomasBJJ 08-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it! My first Star Wars audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Daniel Davis is a master of voices. Each character had his own distinctive voice. He portrayed characters from the movies perfectly. Dooku, Palpatine, Gunray were straight from the movie screen. The music and sound effects added significantly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing events play out over a long period of time thru the eyes of Plagueis.


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

    Plagueis, Sidious, medical droid, Dooku


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it was fun and I looked forward to listening to it each day.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this narrator would do more Star Wars books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Sherman 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was fascinating as it offers a look at the lives and rise to power of both Plagueis and Palpatine, and is a great prequel to The Phantom Menace. The music, sound effects, and voice work made the story very immersive.


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

    I don't know what book I could compare to it because it's the first Star Wars novel I've listened to.


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

    Daniel did a great job portraying all of the characters but my favorite would probably be Darth Plagueis. You learn to realize how important he is in the grand scheme of Star Wars.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At points throughout the story I started fear Plagueis because you realize just how powerful he was.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sparked a huge interest to learn more about the different characters that were mentioned and others that exist in the lore. I hope it does the same for you too.

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    Aaron Houghton 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall good."

    Narrator was absolutely fantastic, he made the characters real and the villains menacing. The story was a little too political for my taste. but overall it was still a very interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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