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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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5 out of 5 stars
By kalei on 11-09-12

See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

If you were like me and thought that Star Wars episodes I-III were ruled by special effects and the music of John Williams rather than an epic story with epic characters, then you need to read/hear this book! You will come to understand the nature and history of the Bannite Sith Order, and the masterful and ruthless subterfuge that resulted in the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi order.

All of the characters from episodes I-III are given greater depth and texture than could be conveyed in the roughly 8 hours of film in the movies. Emperor Palpatine will no longer be just a stooped,gravelly-voiced shadow hidden in a cowl to you after this, Darth Maul will be more than a silent, scowling killer wielding an exotic weapon, Count Dooku will no longer seem like Saruman in a cape and boots. The mystery of the death of Jedi Master Sifo Diyas will puzzle you the same way it puzzled the Jedi Council.

And you will understand that Anakin Skywalker was destined for greatness, but NOT in the way that the Jedi imagined when they accepted him for training.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terryn on 06-08-12

Great prequel to The Phantom Menace

Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

I would listen to this again. The story was great. It gave a lot of background to what happened in Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, but it was also a great story in itself. It was interesting to hear the story told with the Sith being the main protagonists, to see what their motivations are. Although the book is titled "Darth Plagueis", it is really about both Plagueis and Sidious. It shows how Plagueis became a Sith Lord, how he tried to unlock the secrets of life (which is important in Episode 3), and how he recruited Palpatine to be his apprentice. It shows why Naboo and Tatooine were critical in Sith plot. I highly recommend it.

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

Memorable moments were when Plagueis met Palpatine, when Palpatine feel to the dark side, and when Plagueis was surprised by events even though he thought he had everything under control.

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

This is my first Daniel Davis performance, and I thought it was excellent. Of course, Lucasfilm does a good job on all the Star Wars audio.

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

Episode 0: The Dark Side Emerges

Any additional comments?

I think George Lucas should make a movie from this book. I don't understand why he hasn't made any more movies given the volume of expanded universe books. He runs the risk of the general public "moving on" and forgetting about Star Wars. This would make a great "Episode 0" because of its tie to the prequel movies. Then he should make films from Zahn's Outbound Flight and Thrawn trilogy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Megabiblion on 01-22-18

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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By Hideo on 12-14-17

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 10-19-16

What a load of complete rubbish, why bother

I love Star Wars and have read and listened to well over 50 books from the franchise. This book stands out for being slow paced and uneventful. It seems to be a very poor attempt to tie everything together before the start of the phantom menace. A shopping list may have been more interesting.

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