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Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure... especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival.

Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Thrilling tale

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I know this is completely nerdy of me to say, but I absolutely loved this book!

It was my first Star Wars book. It came highly recommended and I can now see why. The story line was believable and you really get to know and understand the characters. There was always enough action and twists to keep the story engaging, but not too many to detract from the actual story line.

On top of that, the performance was extraordinary! There was music and sound effects that, admittedly, made me giggle at first, but then really added something special to the story. They picked a great person to read the story. Davis's voice was almost seductive and made me want to keep coming back to listen. Each Character sounded different and he was really able to show emotion through his words.

I must admit, I did not get much work done while I listened to this audio book! Great Read! Your credits will not be wasted!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 01-19-13

The Force is with Jonathan Davis

Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

Definitely. In fact, I've already "read" it twice. I got the print edition when it was first released in paperback and absolutely loved it. But after hearing Jonathan Davis read it, I would never go back to print. He brought this story to a whole new level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bane. This is his story, and for good reason. He's not a good guy, but you can't help but cheer for him anyway.

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

Yes. I just finished listening to Snow Crash and Jonathan is way better in this one. His voices are far more varied and they suit each character perfectly.

Any additional comments?

Path of Destruction is the best of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books available. I can easily recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but also to anyone who would enjoy a story about a villain unleashed. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the characters cannot be beat. This book is well worth a listen.

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  • Sean
  • MESA, AZ, United States
  • 11-05-12

Great Start to a Trilogy

What made the experience of listening to Path of Destruction the most enjoyable?

Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here

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

As a huge fan of listening to the Star Wars books this reader was an excellent vocalist. Most of the other books are by Marc Thompson, who is awesome. I'm glad to know that they can bring in someone else equally as good.

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

Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.

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  • Severna PArk, MD, United States
  • 06-26-13

Just wow, made the Star Wars interesting again.

Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio uses real sounds from the movies, I felt like I could picture what I heard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bane, he's a badass beyond belief!

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

His ability to play different voices without me really noticing it was him, few times I swore there was someone else.

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

When Bane discovered the Unknown Planet.

Any additional comments?

Without a doubt the best sic-fi Audiobook I have ever listened to. It was so good, I listen to it a gain, but I have to finish the 2nd & 3rd!

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Good start....

Started off great. The middle took a slump. And the end brought it up. Its a good start to a series and im interested to see where it goes.

Narrator did a solid job.

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Great Story, Fantastic Production

I really enjoyed "Path of Destruction". I found the story to be compelling and extremely satisfying. The narration and overall production (sounds, music, and voice acting) was exceptional. The characters were captivating and the stories being told from the position of the Sith and the Jedi were expertly done.

Do I have any complaints? I am not sure that I really have any. For me, this book was precisely what I look for when I listen to or read a book... a fun and interesting escape from reality. I thought the book was narrated to near perfection, it was well written, had great action, excellent dialog, and provided amazing production value through and through.

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  • Jt
  • casper, WY, United States
  • 01-04-13

One of the best!

I read this book when it first came out in hardback. Loved it. When I discoverd Audible I searched every month to see if it had come out yet. That was years ago. When I saw they had put in audible I bought it even though I had no credits. One of the best star was books ever. Get it you'll love it. The last two Bane books are also worth reading. Both are very solid books.

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  • Desmond
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
  • 01-19-13

Great

Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.

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Gripping story, excellent performance.

I had a hard time putting this book on pause. great performance punctuated with sound effects. The fight scenes were properly paced. I enjoyed the varied pace and tone throughout the novel to reflect the context.

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an amazing star wars story

an amazing story with awesome characters even if not technically "cannon" any more an awesome listen for any fan of the series and wonderfully read by Davis parts of this book gave me goosebumps immediately started in on the rule of 2 as soon as I finished this

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  • Thanaros
  • 04-07-13

Book one of the Darth Bane series.

Path of destruction takes you on a journey a long ling time ago in a place far away. Before most known lore of Star wars.

It follows the life of a Sith legend and shows you his struggles to greatness. You meet a wide cast of different characters all brought to life by a great narrator, Jonathan Davis, Which really pulls you into the story that bit extra

Another thing that pulls you in and is a fantastic bonus over the books is the sound effects. Just hearing the hum on a lightsaber just adds the extra oomf to the battles.



Its a must have for any Star wars fan or just anyone into sifi.

The great story writer Drew Karpyshyn really had made this series of books a great one which will make you just want to keep listening and hope it doesn't stop.



These are a must have in any Star wars fan.





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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-26-18

Great reading

A very good reading the voices and the pronunciation was flawless and I thoroughly enjoyed this book

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  • Maria
  • 08-16-18

Really dark Star Wars story. Surprisingly Great

Initially, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this audio book, but the more I listened, the more I became hooked. Interesting characters, plot twists, intriguing lore, the book has the lot, and then some.
Also, the use of music gives certain moments an extra layer of epicness. The narrator also does a great job with the various voices, which gives real life to the story. Wish I had heard of this book series before. Loved hearing from the perspective of the Sith. Now on to the second book!

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  • Callum Keating
  • 09-13-18

Great

Really really good, Didnt know much about Bane.... I do now

Both interesting and dark, it give details on the sith of old, and takes you on the journey as to why the rule of 2 is so important

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  • Dan Mackney
  • 09-07-18

Perfect

Flawlessly narrated with an excellent use of ambience and solid voice acting! Absolutely amazing from start to finish!

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  • Tad
  • 07-26-18

Truly Terrific

I'd read this trilogy about 5 years ago and thought I'd give the audio book a go. It's awesome. This first part, probably the strongest, is great from start to finish. The rise of Bane and his realisation about the Sith is superbly played out here. The unfolding of his plan to secure his victory is a joy to listen to. Jonathan Davis does his usual solid job but possibly his range was tested with the amount of different male characters in the story. This however was not much of an issue as of course the main focus is Bane.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-18

Gripping

Read well and delivered with passion, Jonathon Davis delivers the gripping storyline with gusto! Cannot wait to get book two!

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  • Louth - Northern Ireland
  • 07-19-18

loved it. on to book 2

really enjoyed the story and was well performed by the narrator. Can't wait to get started on book 2.

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  • Shaunlee G
  • 07-17-18

Really enjoyable

This book will draw you in so you won't stop listening. It's the first of three now looking forwards to listening to the rest.

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  • simon rushen
  • 06-24-18

Great book

One of the best Kotor audio book yet
Drew is definitely the master of the Kotor books

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 09-07-15

Brilliant

The best audio book I have ever heard. The story is captivating to say the least

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-17

Definitely worth a listen!

Darth Bane's captivating story of how he turns to the dark side. Hopefully they'll make a movie(s) for him one day!

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  • Matthew
  • 10-18-16

Fantastic book. It has sound effects!!!

Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

This is a great story enhanced by the Lucas Arts production.
Follows the same genre styles and syncopation as the StarWars movies

What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

Darth Banes realisation theat the Dark Lords of the Sith were not travelling the true path of the Darkside.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Apprentice lightsaber drills and challenges.

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

I don't know that anything moved me, however; I was not in a hurry to stop listening.

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  • Brian
  • 08-25-16

The sith and the rule of 2

This would be really cool to have the Bane series at the movies. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Andres
  • 11-03-15

Brilliant...

The dark side of the force is strong in this one. The narrator is a dark lord himself his only weakness...female Sith voice...

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  • Gabrielle Rohde
  • 07-18-18

I loved it!

I have read quite a few books from the newly established canon but I was interested to learn more about the stuff from legends. This book was amazing and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. it is catered to a more adult audience and it flows really well.

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  • jason lyell
  • 10-09-17

Darth Bane

This trilogy is one of the greatest star wars tales ever written in my personal opinion & Path of destruction is the best of the three. it has an amazing story with terrific characters. it casts a new light on the lines in the Pantom Menace "Only 2 there are a master & an apprentice no more no less" as well as "the sith have been extinct for more than a millenia." This story is a must listen to for any star wars fan. Darkside forever!

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  • Mal Lock
  • 07-18-17

tops

excellent story must read all star wars books of the sith order - 1-2 and so on