Star Wars: Darth Plagueis : Star Wars: Legends

  • by James Luceno
  • Narrated by Daniel Davis
  • Series: Star Wars: Legends
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?
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Compelling Plot and Intrigue for the Ascension of Palpatine

Beautifully read by the rich voice of Daniel Davis. Occasional mispronunciations (perhaps Americanisms on French origin words in the English text). Ingenious description of the characters’ facial expressions and physical movements by James Luceno put in uncomplicated language and which add wonderful animation to the story. Appropriate background environment sounds with no interference on the reading; beautiful sound engineering balance. This is a Star Wars story not frightened of building up characters and the story plot and is not scene after scene of lightsaber-action for fear of losing the listener’s attention. There is action and it is full of colour and not rushed; almost operatic. A superb book and excellent audio rendition. This has left me wanting to listen to more Daniel Davis and to read more James Luceno and the Star Wars Legends novels.
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- Megabiblion

Alternative title: How the Emperor became the Emperor

This was an interesting behind the scenes look at how the dark side all came together. It’s told completely from the perspective of Plagueis and Sidious over the course of several decades.
It takes a while to warm up, but when Palpatine makes his entrance as a 17-year old student, it is difficult to leave alone. Some of the story, especially the last few chapters reveal what was happening through Episode I. If the prequel trilogy had somehow included some of this content, it would have been an amazing project.
Fantastic voice work by Daniel Davis, he adds to characterization and has a fantastic voice for storytelling. I small quibble would be his mispronunciation of a few words and names, but a great book.
I wish UK audible had the Tarkin book like the US one does.
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- Hideo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio