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Written by the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars Ahsoka!

When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.

©2019 E.K. Johnston (P)2019 Listening Library

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  • 03-19-19

Wasted potential

Star Wars is great because of engaging stories, interesting characters in a galaxy with space wizards and space battles.

This is not that.

A book about Padme's hair, her gowns, governmental procedures, a light softcore porn scene, and centering around no real cohesive story line. This book's only real purpose seems to be to fill in gaps of what happened behind the scenes.

Padme could've been made into a very interesting character, maybe highlighting why she sticks with Anakin a very flawed violent character. She doesn't really grow. She's essentially the same person she was at the beginning of the book, reliant on those around her, seemingly not able to carve her own path. Padme starts off with a noble purpose in the book then immediately abandons it for no real reason. The rest of the book is name dropping characters and hints at things we know that happen (movies, Clone Wars, comics) while Padme stumbles through being a senator.

The book only picks up at the epilogue where for the first time a character in the book shows real emotion.

Performance and production are excellent as usual with Star wars audiobooks.

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A story only worth reading, diehard Padmé fans.

While the story was a difficult undertaking, there really was entirely underwhelming. Some issues are not necessarily Johnston's fault (like the names of handmaidens'names being so similar), in general the weakness of the story is due to poor writing.

The beginning is extremely slow and there is very little action. The lack of action would get forgivable if the interactions throughout were not flat and they dialogue so often eye-rolling level cheesy.

I really wanted to like the book but it was just not good.

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E. K. Johnston does it again

Padme Amidala has been my favorite character in the Star Wars universe since I was a little girl in the theater watching the Phantom Menace with my dad. One of my earliest memories of putting on a costume is wearing her red throne room dress for Halloween that year. While continuing the intrigue and politics of the Star Wars universe, which is my favorite aspect of it, Johnston’s book also let me feel closer to my favorite character. Her art for writing style goes above and beyond adequately displaying the presents that the character radiates in the films. Her vivid imagery makes me want to go back through all of the films and all of the Star Wars books that I’ve read And make a list of every costume that Padme has ever worn and then make each one of those. I got chills listening to this book, and I most certainly cried listening to this book. Katherine Taber‘s performance is stunning and I hope that she gets to record more content as Padme. I definitely recommend reading this if you are a Star Wars fan and if you are a prequels fan.

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An excellent transition between episodes 1 and 2

Great narration from Catherine Tabar, Padme's voice actress on Clone Wars. Excellent development and focus for her, Padme, and her staff, and other characters. A great way to bridge the gap between episodes 1 and 2, a nice change of pace from the Disney cannon, adding moreto the prequels cannon. I don't intend to keep it, but, I'd highly recommend it to any Star Wars fans.

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performance was great. story was lacking.

this story was fine. it wasn't great, it had a lot of strong, female characters, which was awesome to hear. it just feels like for 2/3 of the story, they aren't doing much but planning and not a whole lot happens to them. this book is about how the Senate worked (slowly and not well) but then padme comes in they work on a bill for a bit and BAM! (no behind the scenes work, just working on the text of the actual bill). the bill gets passed and then they say "well that can't ever happen again." That is everything of consequence that happens in this book. I realize we know who padme is as a character from all the star wars content that has come out over the years, but the characters around her could have grown or changed.

Other things happen, but it is mainly to introduce padme to characters that we already know from the star wars universe. Nobody really changes or has an actual arc.

I really enjoyed Johnston's work on the Ahsoka book because the character and characters around her grew, changed and were different people from the beginning of the book to the end. This feels like Johnston had an initial idea for the premise of a story but didn't have enough time to fill it out. Ther process of getting the votes could have been eye-opening and made some of the characters face some tough decisions as to how they were going get it done. Instead, it just gets done.

the production and performance were great and what I've come to expect for a star wars audiobook. Catherine Taber and the entire production staff of this book did really well.

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waste of time

I have listened to and read 30 + books here on audible this is the first time I've waited and waited and waited for anything to happen in a story it never materialized absolute waste of time

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Disappointed.

I love nearly all the star wars books. This one is very political and rather boring

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Blend of Old and New

In this book we as a reader we are introduced to a young Padme following her time as the queen. Thrust into a new life both similar and different to her old life she is forced to rely on old friends and new ones to support her through this journey. We see old names return young such as Rush Clovis and Mina Bonteri. As well as gain insight on her handmaidens and their role in her life, an often neglected part of it. All in all this book gave me a lot to think about in a story that was, in my eyes, quite good.

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Where is the story?

This was a drag to get through. Absolutely no true conflict, no climax, no story. After reading Ahsoka I had high hopes, but this drivel was terrible.

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not much happened

the book was very slow and boring. nothing really happened. the epilogue was interesting though. there are so many stories they could have told, I don't know why they told this one.

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  • Killian
  • 10-01-22

Mediocre narrative and vocal performances

While Catherine has an endearing voice, her dreadful accent attempts and subpar characterisations of the wider cast reduce the quality of the listening experience. The narrative itself is weak, with nothing particularly interesting in the entire novel. One positive is the dynamic relationship portrayal between the handmaidens and Padme, which is not remotely explored or demonstrated in the films or Clone Wars series, so that was refreshing to explore.

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  • O. J. Jones
  • 05-05-22

Nice bit of back story, but mainly uneventful

Some parts were interesting (Padme's back-story / early stages as senator / workings of the senate / early rebellion) however the story was overall unfortunately rather dull and slow. This would have been much better had it been shorter/abridged to focus on the good bits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

A great insight

Whilst the story wasn’t massively compelling, it was a great insight into Padme’s life and the role of the royalty on Naboo.

The performance was good however I wish there was more imitation of the well known characters speech patterns. Regardless, it is great to have a Padme novel narrated by the voice of Padme from the Clone Wars.

The epilogue is especially interesting and leads on to the Darth Vader comic series.

Definitely worth a listen, and I’m excited to listen to the prequel and then the sequel - how very Star Wars!

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  • Kamala
  • 02-02-22

Not worth it.

This book suffers from the same problems as Padme herself - she is a character who manages to accomplish a lot of genuinely important things in the universe and does some really interesting stuff, but still manages to be incredibly boring. This is the only Star Wars book I've purchased that I couldn't finish - the plot is dull and dragging, and the narration by Catherine Taber is a flat monotone with little to no distinction between character voices and essentially no emotion whatsoever. When she DOES attempt a character voice, it generally comes off as unintentionally funny and generally inconsistent. Not a fan, go listen to one of the High Republic books instead.

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  • James
  • 10-28-21

brilliant

ignore all the negative comments. I don't know what they expected, maybe padme whipping out a light saber with sith lord jar jar binks or something, padme was a politician this story is about padme and snippets of other things. this story is very well written and very well read I loved it if you wana see a different side to star wars then this is a good one if you want light saber battles then this is not the one for you

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  • 01-08-22

A great listen

A great book, I just couldn't stop listening. it was great to have a further history into Padme and explore that part of the lore!