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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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    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 2012
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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.

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    David Wasco, CA, United States 03-18-13
    David Wasco, CA, United States 03-18-13
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    "Excellent!!"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis in three words, what would they be?

    Many Questions Answered


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line gives tons of info on the background of some major players in the Star Wars Universe


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

    No.


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

    Very Very difficult to stop listening. Usually listened on my drive back and forth to work and actually made me wish the drive was longer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have the chance to listen to/read this book take it! One of the better written story lines for the Star Wars book. Compares to story lines written by Timothy Zahn for sucking you in. Well worth it!!

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    Chris Prince George, VA, United States 03-12-13
    Chris Prince George, VA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    I think this was a good story. It was interesting hearing the story from the perspective of the sith. I liked the details that the went in to describing the rise and fall of Darth Plagueis. And also liked the details in the rise of Darth Sidious. It'll make you watch the movies in a new way because of the detail this book went into to describing how Plagueis and Sidious planned everything. I don't want to go into too many details because I don't want to spoil the book for those that haven't listened to it. It is a book I would recommend to people to listen to if you are a star wars fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timoteo Barajas Highlands Ranch, CO, USA 03-10-13
    Timoteo Barajas Highlands Ranch, CO, USA 03-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Impressive, most impressive."
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again because I didn't get everything the first time. The book covers a great deal of history and jumps ahead in time making me feel like I missed important details. I think the book could easily have been a series but I think Luceno still did a very good job explaining the history of the Sith and how their need for power shaped the galaxy. From the point of view of the Sith, I found myself feeling bothered by the inability of the Jedi to halt the advancement of the dark side. The Jedi come across as formidable but blind to the darker forces that ultimately force them to act as marionette in this great tragedy.


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

    I bookmarked the Chapter 11 / 5:31:44 when Darth Plaguesis asks the young Palpatine, "What possible use do you think you think a person of your nature would be to the Jedi order?" and then tells him he is "heartless, ambitious, arrogant. insidious, and without shame or empathy. More you are a murder". It made me laugh out loud and I played it again, imagining the fury in Palpatine. I was a bit disappointed by the limited understanding of psychology as it relates to mental illness and trauma. Their code of confidentiality seems to be based on our current profession of psychiatry, which is very immature in dealing with the human mind much less the psyche of other species. There was no advancement in treatment and the author did not explore genetics, cognition or other treatments despite all the experiments being done by Plaguesis. Consequently, the dark side is reduce it to pain and suffering and a need for power and control. Perhaps that is in keeping with the Disney tradition.


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

    I was very impressed with Daniel Davis' performance. He gave each character a distinct voice that made it clear who was speaking, including the narration. I was also impressed with the use of sound to enhance the different scenes but on occasion the background noise did become distracting.


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    Lance TAMPA, FLORIDA, United States 03-04-13
    Lance TAMPA, FLORIDA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The origins of Sidious"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    While this was more detailed and not as fast paced as most of the SW books I have "read", it goes in line with the scheming nature of both Plagueis and Sidious.


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

    The escape from his planet in the Infiltrator.


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

    Good performance, I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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

    When each apprentice evaluated it was time his master was ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting to see the force created origins of Anakin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer EAST SETAUKET, NY, United States 02-27-13
    Amazon Customer EAST SETAUKET, NY, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the many Prequels"
    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    Yes... I already am. Star Wars is like a religion to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Sideous. This book answers the mystery behind Palpatine


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

    No


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

    It makes me want to listen to other stories that are along the same lines.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Tocci 02-26-13
    Mike Tocci 02-26-13

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    "A Title worthy of the Star Wars Universe"
    What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

    This book explains a lot about the backstory of Darth Sidious That was only hinted at in E Revenge of the Sith.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth Sidious because his origins are finally explained and explored. The reader finds out about is complete evil.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the confrontation between Sidious and his father


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

    Absolutely, I only wish I had the time


    Any additional comments?

    The content of this book is exactly the type of material that Episode 1 was missing in the movie.

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    Bryan San Jose, CA, USA 02-15-13
    Bryan San Jose, CA, USA 02-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I haven't always been a fan of Luceno's work in the past, but this is easily one of the best stories to come out of the EU. The narration is spot-on perfect. This book deserves to be canonized as one of the upcoming spin-off movies.


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    G.David H. 02-13-13
    G.David H. 02-13-13

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    "This book gives you a prequel to the movies"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis to be better than the print version?

    I love Audio and this narrarator does it Justice.


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

    Learn alot more about the Sith's beginnings..


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    He has the Voice!


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

    Yes almost did!


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