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Summary

Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy - and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure...especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Thanaros
  • CLYDEBANK, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

Book one of the Darth Bane series.

Path of destruction takes you on a journey a long ling time ago in a place far away. Before most known lore of Star wars.

It follows the life of a Sith legend and shows you his struggles to greatness. You meet a wide cast of different characters all brought to life by a great narrator, Jonathan Davis, Which really pulls you into the story that bit extra

Another thing that pulls you in and is a fantastic bonus over the books is the sound effects. Just hearing the hum on a lightsaber just adds the extra oomf to the battles.



Its a must have for any Star wars fan or just anyone into sifi.

The great story writer Drew Karpyshyn really had made this series of books a great one which will make you just want to keep listening and hope it doesn't stop.



These are a must have in any Star wars fan.





5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great reading

A very good reading the voices and the pronunciation was flawless and I thoroughly enjoyed this book

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Really enjoyable

This book will draw you in so you won't stop listening. It's the first of three now looking forwards to listening to the rest.

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Great book

One of the best Kotor audio book yet
Drew is definitely the master of the Kotor books

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best of the best

so good a must read. gets better every time that this book is listend to

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great story

really enjoyed this start to finish the journey was a good one, voices were great as well. moving on to the next one.

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Great story of the rise of Darth Bane

really good story and brilliantly acted by all voice actors. I'm new to the Darth Bane story but it was really good and dark.

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Star Wars storytelling at its finest

Marvelous story from the beginning. Jedi plotline was a little slow, rest was great. Bane's character development was really exciting to follow and it's so great to listen to a story from the Sith POV. I give this book a 9/10

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Fantastic

Gripping & so dam good keeps you wanting to keep listening and goes into sith history awesome would recommend

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Great book

Great book and story. Really addictive and a great insight to a legendary Sith Lord

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  • 13-03-14

Thrilling tale

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I know this is completely nerdy of me to say, but I absolutely loved this book!

It was my first Star Wars book. It came highly recommended and I can now see why. The story line was believable and you really get to know and understand the characters. There was always enough action and twists to keep the story engaging, but not too many to detract from the actual story line.

On top of that, the performance was extraordinary! There was music and sound effects that, admittedly, made me giggle at first, but then really added something special to the story. They picked a great person to read the story. Davis's voice was almost seductive and made me want to keep coming back to listen. Each Character sounded different and he was really able to show emotion through his words.

I must admit, I did not get much work done while I listened to this audio book! Great Read! Your credits will not be wasted!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • 19-01-13

The Force is with Jonathan Davis

Would you listen to Path of Destruction again? Why?

Definitely. In fact, I've already "read" it twice. I got the print edition when it was first released in paperback and absolutely loved it. But after hearing Jonathan Davis read it, I would never go back to print. He brought this story to a whole new level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bane. This is his story, and for good reason. He's not a good guy, but you can't help but cheer for him anyway.

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

Yes. I just finished listening to Snow Crash and Jonathan is way better in this one. His voices are far more varied and they suit each character perfectly.

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Path of Destruction is the best of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books available. I can easily recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but also to anyone who would enjoy a story about a villain unleashed. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the characters cannot be beat. This book is well worth a listen.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean
  • 05-11-12

Great Start to a Trilogy

What made the experience of listening to Path of Destruction the most enjoyable?

Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of Destruction?

Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here

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

As a huge fan of listening to the Star Wars books this reader was an excellent vocalist. Most of the other books are by Marc Thompson, who is awesome. I'm glad to know that they can bring in someone else equally as good.

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

Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Silver
  • 26-06-13

Just wow, made the Star Wars interesting again.

Would you consider the audio edition of Path of Destruction to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio uses real sounds from the movies, I felt like I could picture what I heard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bane, he's a badass beyond belief!

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

His ability to play different voices without me really noticing it was him, few times I swore there was someone else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Bane discovered the Unknown Planet.

Any additional comments?

Without a doubt the best sic-fi Audiobook I have ever listened to. It was so good, I listen to it a gain, but I have to finish the 2nd & 3rd!

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  • Cindy
  • 21-01-13

Great Story, Fantastic Production

I really enjoyed "Path of Destruction". I found the story to be compelling and extremely satisfying. The narration and overall production (sounds, music, and voice acting) was exceptional. The characters were captivating and the stories being told from the position of the Sith and the Jedi were expertly done.

Do I have any complaints? I am not sure that I really have any. For me, this book was precisely what I look for when I listen to or read a book... a fun and interesting escape from reality. I thought the book was narrated to near perfection, it was well written, had great action, excellent dialog, and provided amazing production value through and through.

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  • Jt
  • 04-01-13

One of the best!

I read this book when it first came out in hardback. Loved it. When I discoverd Audible I searched every month to see if it had come out yet. That was years ago. When I saw they had put in audible I bought it even though I had no credits. One of the best star was books ever. Get it you'll love it. The last two Bane books are also worth reading. Both are very solid books.

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  • Desmond
  • 19-01-13

Great

Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 23-06-18

Good start....

Started off great. The middle took a slump. And the end brought it up. Its a good start to a series and im interested to see where it goes.

Narrator did a solid job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-18

A Classic

When it comes to legends material, there is no better author than Drew. This trilogy is amazing, with this book acting as a grip to get you into the next 2. This book/trilogy is only second to Revan, also written by Drew. Top notch work as always.

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  • Alex
  • 05-06-18

Astounding.

I just finished “Path of Destruction” for the 4th time. I listen to it every 3 years or so, and the storytelling is phenomenal. Truly. The Darth Bane Series is the main reason I keep Audible installed on my iPod, so I can listen to it whenever I feel like it.

I think the main thing that draws me into the series time and time again is the level of detail and description Drew uses in his writing. He doesn’t just tell us how a character is feeling, he shows it. For instance, it’s not just “Bane learns about the Dark Side,” but, “Bane began to understand that the Dark Side is fueled by passion, anger, emotion; he understood that the Dark Side was not meant to be dispersed to many, but to be honed by a few.” The imagery, the characters, the storytelling. It’s all great. Thank you, Drew. Thank you.

Along the way, I also learn a bit about myself. I’d recommend this book to anyone, and have. Even my mother. Unfortunately, she’s not too interested in the inner workings of the Dark Side. Maybe someday...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful