Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Audiobook Review: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: Janury 10th, 2012
Format: Audiobook narrated by Daniel Davis
Source: Library, Overdrive App
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2

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“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?
This book was pretty interesting, especially if you want an inside look into how Palpatine rose to power in the senate and how he became a sith lord. That part of the book was really intriguing and even how he orchestrated Padme becoming the Queen of Naboo so young was enjoyable to read about.  I just wasn't really a fan of all the talk of Midichlorians when it came to Darth Plagueis wanting to create life with the force. I think it's pretty clear that this book is trying to say that Plagueis created Anakin Skywalker, which is a cool concept I guess, but I never really bought the whole immaculate conception thing with Anakin. 

The book is titled Darth Plagueis, and it does focus a lot on him and his research in Midichlorians, which I didn't really care about, but halfway in it really starts to shift the focus to Palpatine. It also gives you a behind the scenes look at what Palpatine was really doing during the events of The Phantom Menace. These little things really made me want to continue listening to find out where this book was going to take me. 

The biggest thing I took away from the novel was that Palpatine was just always evil. I don't think Plagueis did much to seduce him to the dark side, as he already had a dark past prior to their meeting. Dude just always wanted to take power and control the universe. 

I did actually really enjoy the audiobook performance on this one. Instead of just the narrator reading the book we also got familiar sounding music, sound effects and even voice modification to make the narrator sound like he was a droid. That was what really made me like this book, because you don't get that a lot from audiobooks. I love when I can find one that goes the extra step. Since I enjoyed the performance so much, I would recommend it for that alone even if the plot doesn't really pull you in.

Happy Reads Everyone!