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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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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 07-15-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 07-15-13
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    "Palpatine Goes to Meetings"
    Would you try another book from James Luceno and/or Daniel Davis?

    I really liked "The Rise of Darth Vader," so yes I would try another from James Luceno. It might have been better in book form. I'm not so sure about Daniel Davis, his reading voice was good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Once the events start to intercede with those of "The Phantom Menace." it feels like our story's events are just playing catch up.


    What aspect of Daniel Davis’s performance would you have changed?

    Many of his politicians' voices sounded exactly like his Palpatine voice. It was right-on, but once he used it for other characters it ruined the effect. The young Palpatine voice was really good and his voice for Plagueis was inspired. Once Plagueis is gravely wounded, the change that occurs to his voice was spectacular. Dooku's voice didn't sound like Christopher Lee, and it sounded as if Davis didn't even try with Valorum. Maul's voice was superb. A big no-no was using Palpatine's regular voice for when he was communicating with others as Darth Sidious. He should have used the slimy hateful voice we know from the movies. They would have been able to recognize him as Palpatine if he had kept it the same.


    Did Star Wars: Darth Plagueis inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it made me really want to watch the prequels over again.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes it was very boring. Plagueis or Palpatine goes to some kind of a meeting and then my mind would wander. I'd give the story a 3-star rating but the Maul side story was interesting, although sparse, and the way it led up to Episode 1 was exciting.

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    John Sherman Maine 06-26-13
    John Sherman Maine 06-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A history lesson."

    To start this is a weak 3. It is an excellent story on the life and history of Palpatine but that is also the critical flaw as it reads more like a history text book. The Star Wars technical handbooks on the vehicles and spaceships was more interesting. Don't dive into this one thinking your going to get a great story but if your a die hard fan looking for a history lesson than this will be perfect. This was my fifth Star Wars book in 6 months and I think I am done with this franchise for a good while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse A Walker Jr Charlotte, NC 06-17-13
    Jesse A Walker Jr Charlotte, NC 06-17-13 Member Since 2012

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    "AMAZING"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    This filled in so many missing piece from the "Phantom Menace" and so happy to have such detailed information regarding what lead to the start of the movie. I also like how the reference back the to the Darth Bane story like and filling little bits of that kind of keeping everything connected.


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

    This for me was like the Clone Wars shorts and movie that kind put pieces in place for the Revenge of the Sith. Answered questions I didn't know I hard and is a very intriguing story.


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

    He has a great voice. As I listen to more books I find that I tend to like the reader to the sex of my man character.


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

    The seeds of the Dark Side... the Dark Sidious story.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my favorite books i've listened too so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morad Jerusalem 06-03-13
    Morad Jerusalem 06-03-13
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    "Definitely lives up to your expectations..."

    If you've read any other Star Wars audiobooks then you're familiar with the awesome quality that comes with them, this one is no exception, an awesome performance by Daniel Davis as always, and the story itself is very satisfying...

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    John Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-02-13
    John Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Much better than the movies."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    Yes and hell yes! Star Wars books always make great audio books because of the subtle to not so subtle sound effects that keep you engaged.


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

    Darth Bane trilogy for obvious reasons.


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

    Those characters come alive with Davis as do their emotions or lack there of.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for any Star Wars fan and makes Episodes I-III actually interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neil J. Cavanagh New York, NY 05-30-13
    Neil J. Cavanagh New York, NY 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Tedious"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book, and a narrator who tried a little less hard to sound serious and dark.


    What was most disappointing about James Luceno’s story?

    That he had the opportunity to tell an exciting, untold story from the dark past of this fictional universe, and instead filled it with even more details about The Banking Clan and intergalactic trade than the prequel movies had.


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

    I'd preview it to see if he does the same overly deep, serious and pretentious voice in it, first.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    Pretty much all of it. It does its best to cater to fans with the typical name-dropping of minor Star Wars trivia ("hey, somebody mentioned a planet that was visited in a Star Wars video game ten years ago!"), but it never creates any new compelling characters to follow - any that have a chance to become interesting are quickly killed off. I tried many times to make it through this, just for escapism (what else?) It got more interesting when Palpatine enters the story, because that character brings with him interest from previous media, i.e. Ian McDiarmid's relatively strong performance in the films, but it all began to feel like a story that was better left untold, better left as mystery, to the audience's imagination. It's always been a thing, like with Boba Fett - he was so interesting originally because we knew so little about him, and the more we found out about him, the less interesting he became. It was the same for me with Anakin Skywalker in the prequels, and now here, Palpatine and his mentor. I understand there's people who want to know more, I guess I did too, but as far as villains go, I think a glimpse of their past is often enough. There's no character here to respect and invest in, it's all greedy bad guys running around (well, not running, more like moving slowly and methodically), and there's no character development. And we know how it will all end. Not a recipe for a great literary fiction experience, or even a so-called guilty pleasure. I am not a big expanded universe hater, I've even enjoyed something else Luceno wrote, for what it was, and I'm not the biggest prequel movie hater. But regarding those contentious prequels to which this story is connected, this book makes similar mistakes, by focusing on a character who is not heroic, and boring the audience with a lot of tedious yet simplistic corporate/political goings-on, instead of more direct situations of adventure and drama.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like SW expanded universe stuff, maybe you'll love this. I've enjoyed a few things, but I've found the pieces (like this one) that tried to tackle more potentially serious and dark subject matter to be utterly lacking. If this was not connected to Star Wars, it would not likely have been published as even with that complex and popular connection, it's boring, and I went in to it with a good attitude too. But I suppose if you love everything Star Wars, this might be essential or something, and could be better than other related books out there.

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    Patrick Shorter Dayton, OH 05-23-13
    Patrick Shorter Dayton, OH 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A must buy for Star Wars fans"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For those that love the Star Wars universe, absolutely. It gives great insight into Palpatine's rise to power, and provides much needed backstory to the somewhat ham-handed recent films.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the voice performance and audio effects were fist class. Especially the voicing of the titlular character, it was just the right amount of hidden malice and all-knowing assuredness.The one drawback, for me personally, was there was SO much time spent on political intrigue and machinations, that after a while those plot areas became repetitive and dull to listen to. This is likely personal preference, but I did lose interest and have to replay some portions because my mind wandered away from the readings during these portions.

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    Oscar KATY, TX, United States 05-23-13
    Oscar KATY, TX, United States 05-23-13

    Roku Vaan

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    "The Results Of The Rule Of Two"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    This is one Star Wars novel fans should listen, especially if sith and the dark side of the force is of great interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is Darth Plagueis. Very strong and wise. But also had a flaw. Narrator did a terrific job in making his voice sound very good.


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

    Darth Plagueis


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

    There a few moments that took my full attetion.


    Any additional comments?

    Read/Listen to it. Start with Darth Bane trilogy and then read Darth Plagueis(this book), it will make this book more worth it.

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    William MARLBOROUGH, MA, United States 05-07-13
    William MARLBOROUGH, MA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis the most enjoyable?

    I liked that this book ties together pieces of missing information from the movie series. Great read for Star Wars fans.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Understanding how Palpatine came to power


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    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 04-25-13
    John Las Cruces, NM, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Marc Thompson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend to any Star Wars fan, it really helped fill in the blanks as to where Sidious got his start and training.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    When Plagueis realized that he had been played by Sidious right before his death.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had a hard time getting into the book at first since I really like the performances of Marc Thompson. As the story progressed I did like how Daniel Davis was able to keep the voice correct.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, Great addition for any Star Wars fan, but I felt that James Luceno goes into great detail on items, or locations that really puts the reader into a long winded unnecessary discription.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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