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Rule of Two

Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7,148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes. As the last surviving Sith, Darth Bane promulgated a harsh new directive: the Rule of Two.

Two there should be; no more, no less.

One to embody the power, the other to crave it.

Now Darth Bane is ready to put his policy into action, and he thinks he has found the key element that will make his triumph complete: a student to train in the ways of the dark side. Though she is young, Zannah possesses an instinctive link to the dark side that rivals his own. With his guidance, she will become essential in his quest to destroy the Jedi and dominate the galaxy.

But there is one who is determined to stop Darth Bane: Johun Othone, Padawan to Jedi Master Lord Hoth, who died at Bane’s hands in the last great Sith War. Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshua’s belief that there are surviving Sith on the loose is unshakeable.

As Johun continues his dogged pursuit of the man who killed his master, Zannah, faced unexpectedly with a figure from her past, begins to question her embrace of the dark side. And Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power - power that will alter him in ways he could never have imagined....

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Loved It...Want More

The "Rule of Two" was amazingly fun and a great listening experience. As a sequel, I was concerned the story would fail to live up to the quality of the first book, Path of Destruction. While different, the book still managed to exceed my expectations. The story throws in some surprises as Bane goes on the hunt for ancient holocrons and begins preparing his new apprentice for her eventual rise to power. The ending introduces additional twists and turns that I found interesting. The narration and production quality are the same as the first book (which I loved) and continue to receive nothing but the highest of praise from me.

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If I had to pick a couple of criticisms, one would be that I do not really agree with Bane's ideology of the "rule of two". I find that the Sith, whether they are two or two million, suffer the same backstabbing and power hungry intentions regardless of their numbers. Another criticism would be the lack of force power use and the over reliance of the light saber. These are more issues with the universe as a whole rather than the author since force users create barriers against each other hence the reliance on the sabers. These are comments regarding the lore overall, but are two things that often surface to the top of my thoughts. Although I find myself disappoint by the progression of the Sith to a "rule of two" rule of two ideology and the lore's nullification of force powers, I still found the story, characters, narration and overall enjoyment of the book carried through till the end.

Overall, an exceptional tale with fun twists and turns that delighted me every step of the way.

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F?;*ing Gangster! Only "Darth Plagus" Challenges This One...

I don't know why they don't make movies like this. To me, Star Wars and the new Star Wars don't even compare slightly to this and the other epics told from the perspective of the Darkside.

I'll keep it short. Buy this. Press play, and... Get ready to be seduced by the Darkside…

PS. If you've experienced "Darth Plague" you'll love this bad boy (and vice versa)...

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Glad to see this come to audiobook

What did you love best about Rule of Two?

The story and the characters. I loved reading all three books and the audio version did not disappoint.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how it was unabridged, so you didn't lose a minute of the action.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

I've always enjoyed his performances on Star Wars titles. My only fault was there was one or two moment for about 5 minutes apiece where there was a reverb effect where none was needed. It made everything sound like a interior monologue when it was obviously not.

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  • Edward
  • N. Cambria, PA, United States
  • 12-09-12

The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Rule of Two to be better than the print version?

Yes! The sound effects and background noise make it so much more enjoyable!! You can actually put yourself into the action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rule of Two?

So many stand out moments...but if pressured...the final battle is quite awesome! It seem to last like for 10 minutes of listening!!

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

He does them all quite well, even the females. However, I think he seems to do quite well with Valenthyne Farfalla. He seems to put allot of emotion and feeling into his dialog.

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

The Ultimate Anti-Hero

Any additional comments?

Even though Bane is the real main character here, he spends allot of time in the background. The gist of the story focuses on Zannah and her missions and training. Also on her doubts. She is by a Sith for sure, but sometimes feels torn about it.

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Not as strong as the first

An average story that pushes the legend of Darth Bane forward. It suffered some through content as it really only progressed one character. I would suggest listening to it if you enjoyed the first one but in my opinion it is weaker

The voice acting is great, even the female voices are solid. The mark downs are for the background sounds. Unnecessarily short loops became distracting and often times the background volume seemed to compete for your attention as opposed to improving the experience. I remember footsteps at the beginning of the book that drove me nuts. To listen to an entire book and being able to recall being annoyed by footsteps at the beginning is a testament to how bad they irked me.

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I'm In Love With A Sith Lord!!!

Where does Rule of Two rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say this is definitely, absolutely in my top 5 favorite of all times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have grappled with the immensely confusing feelings that reading these first two books in the trilogy have brought about because I freaking love Darth Bane, even though he's kiiiind of not such a great guy, morally.
Love me some Darth Bane. He's just spectacularly awesome in every way.

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

He's now among my favorite narrators - I am very impressed. He seems to be familiar enought with the Star Wars Universe to give compelling & believable performances.

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

I would love nothing more than a film of this book. Title?
The Light Side Aint the Right Side. Eh??!

Any additional comments?

I am worried that whatever I read next (after the next & final book in this saga) will never measure up to The Bane Trilogy.

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star wars classic

this is the stuff of legends . darth vader who? long live the sith...... classic

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Absolutely amazing!

Drew Karpyshyn's story is brought to life with the beautiful narration provided by Jonathan Davis. Subtle ambient noises in the background make the locations and fights unique and beautiful.

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Great book.....spoiler ahead

Great book. at the end though it says that Xana says she collected 5 light sabers but they say that the healer-battle meditation guy was not Carrying one. Small thing.

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Legacy of the Order of Sith Lords is Born

Excellent narration, excellent story.....The Rule of Two "One to embody the power, one to crave it." is a game changer for not only the Sith, but the galaxy as a whole. Darth Bane and Darth Zannah begin the grand plan to topple the Jedi, along the way of laying the foundation they must make perilous journey's. Zannah must infiltrate the Jedi Order itself while Darth Bane heads to the orders ancestral home world of Tython. The Path of Destruction started in book 1 continues, and many will suffer.

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  • Vladimir Duret
  • 01-08-16

Does the Sith justice for lack of better words

I've listened to Starwars Kenobi, and didn't care much for the lazy space western, next came Darth Vader, which seemed short and unfinished, later listened to The Force Unleashed which left me mildly satisfied, but Darth Bane is one of the Jewels so far in the Republic series. Could make a good movie, but 2, even 3 hours wouldn't be enough. Also what is narrated, battles and use of force (dark and light) is better told in writing or heard than on the screen. Great book to start a series based on "The law of Two". I look forward to the next book.

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  • Simon
  • 09-07-15

Another gripping story

Another gripping story in the Darth Bane series. Well read couldn't stop listening. Continues where last one left off, gripping characters.

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  • Kenneth
  • 05-30-19

A great novel

Can be slower to start compared to the previous book path of destruction however it perfectly portrays Zannah from a young girl to a lady of the sith a well thought out and well structured story revealing more of the cunning nature to the sith in the shadows as opposed to the first books exploration of their military might and mastery over the blade and force alike great listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-19

As good as the first!

This is another amazing addition to the Darth Bane trilogy. Very impressed and was sitting on the edge of my seat for most of it!

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  • Julie Smyth
  • 02-16-19

Interesting and adventurous

When I was listening to this audio book, I felt immersed in the story as if I was there, the book was very interesting, the author has great taste and the narrator made the book come alive. I would recommend this book for anyone, but especially for those big Star wars fans.

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  • J. E. Thomson
  • 02-04-19

if only star wars wasn't owned by disney

story excellent the narrator is really good too. just wished the franchise wasn't owned by Disney now caus you won't get darker storylines like this anymore

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  • Saifur R.
  • 12-26-18

Great continuation to Darth Banes story

If you liked the story of Darth Bane then you would like this continuation of it.

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  • Louth - Northern Ireland
  • 08-23-18

brilliant sequel to the first book

can't wait to start the third one. this is a great series of books and a great insight into the star wars expanded universe

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  • The HellKat
  • 07-30-18

Fun distraction

Fun distraction as a book series, not too deep. The force powers are pretty outrageous tho (leaping from a moon to a planet on the back of a winged beast 🤣) which takes these books out of the Science fantasy I prefer and more into the realms of high fantasy... if you like that sort of thing. Would also love Drew Karpyshan (sp?) to write female characters in a less male gaze way, for example I do not think he brings two women together much at all in any of these Bane books or the Revan book.. when he does one is invariably jealous of the other. That trope is old and boring and not how women actually relate to each other so it does seem laughable when I come across it in these books.

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  • Tad
  • 07-26-18

Truly Terrific part 2

Picks up nicely from the previous instalment. The exploration of the dark side and Zanna's training were highlights for me. With the focus split between the master and the apprentice it's fascinating to listen to the constant mistrust between the two despite both needing each other at the same time. I wasn't so keen when the focus shifted to other characters but it ultimately paid off in the end giving more heft to their involvement. The chance meeting at the Jedi Temple i found a bit too convenient. There was good reason for both parties to be there but the timing.........ah well destiny, will of the Force and all that. One thing I did notice is how much effort and training it takes to use the Force and wield a lightsaber. This theme runs throughout the first two books and is in line with what we know from the older films. Now we've got Rey.............it's a shame.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 09-25-15

Brilliant Story Must Read

Must read for anyone who loves star wars and wants to continue the Bane story cant wait to read the next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-19

Old Stabby and Young Stabby

Nice interlude into the supremeness of Darth Bane.....do it...you know you want too! Listen as he tells us how she told her about him and he that so he had to be the one to tell them all that he is supreme baldy old stabby! Do iiiittt...Praise the Emperor!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

Awesome installment in the Darth Bane trilogy.

Loved this book. I thought it was better then the first book (which was already incredible). This trilogy is a must for those interested in Sith folklore!

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  • Dali
  • 07-12-17

Fantastic listen.

The narrator brings this book alive. I felt like I was involved with each gripping sequence.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-25-16

How good was this book!!!!!!

Great follow up to Path of Destruction.
I was really hoping the book wouldn't end.
Can't wait to download the final installment Dynasty of Evil.