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Summary

The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand.

After years of civil war, the Separatists have battered the already faltering Republic nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate watches anxiously as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu, and their fellow Masters grapple with the Chancellor's disturbing move to assume control of the Jedi Council. And Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force, is increasingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padme Amidala, will die.

As the combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader General Grievous. Palpatine, eager to secure even greater control, subtly influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin, tormented by unspeakable visions, edges dangerously closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious, whose shadow looms ever larger, to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic, and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.

©2005 Lucasfilm LTD. and TM. (P)2005 Lucasfilm LTD. and TM.

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"The perfect companion to the blockbuster film." ( Publishers Weekly)

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"Impressive! Most Impressive!"

Any Star Wars fan will know, the title of this review is a quote from 'The Empire Strikes Back', spoken by Darth Vader during his first battle with Luke Skywalker. \"Impressive\" just doesn't do this book justice though, it is utterly superb.

The Jedi battle with Dooku on the separatist flagship, the deepening darkness on Coruscant and in The Republic, the rising fear within Anakin Skywalker, the twisted inner-workings of the minds of Count Dooku, Darth Sidious, and General Grievous....All these things (and more) feed your imagination, and open-up the Star Wars Universe, like never before.

On top of this, the narration is masterful, almost an art, which brings the story to life in such a way, you could almost be there.

Amazing book, and well worth buying. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and wil do so again, I have no doubt of that :-)

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The definitive version of the Revenge of the Sith.

Get it, it's every bit as good as the Darth Bane trilogy and Plagueis .

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A must listen

A remarkable improvement on the film, the same story, but with the time taken to flesh out each beat. Brilliantly performed narration and sfx.

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Superbly written and performed

I thoroughly enjoyed the Revenge of the Sith novelisation. The writing was superb, almost poetic. It greatly improved the dialog from nearly all scenes of the film, and gave a much better insight into the character's feelings, and motives. Anakin's fall is much more understandable, although one glaring omission was his perspective on killing the Jedi and younglings, which was disappointing. The extra material not covered by the film was also sound, particularly the beginnings of the Rebel Alliance, and the conflict between Anakin and Padme's political views. I wish this had been the basis for the film, and not the other way around.

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A Masterpiece

Wow. This wasn't just a great Star Wars book - it was an amazing book-book. Anyone, even someone who hasn't seen Star Wars, could pick this up and be blown away by its striking writing and vivid character portrayals. Never have I been so invested in every characters' internal mechanics, even the ridiculously evil biodroid Grevious. It's also just so incredibly impressive how the writer picks up the unfinished tapestry of the movie and completes it to make total and utter sense. In short: I loved it. Lucasfilm - make this book canon again!!

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Brilliant!!

Absolutely loved this! Gives a new perspective on all of the characters motives and actions thought out the film, palpatines plans and schemes have endless depth and complexity, this is a perfect in depth look into the best star wars film by far!

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superbly written and narrated.

what a difference this was, hearing the inner thoughts of characters and having them fleshed out in detail. highly recommend this to any star wars fan

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Hmm. Refund please.

This book will have an audience, no doubt. It fills in the gaps of the film. It makes much more sense (emotionally-speaking) why Anakin turned to the dark side and never intended to apprentice under Darth Sidious for any significant time period. The story is Ok. The narrator is good as usual. My problem is more a matter of taste/preference.

I'm far more interested in exploring the Star Wars universe not covered by the films. Give me Darth Bane and the rule of two. Show me how Good-turned bad-turned good Revan ends his days. But, I found myself just going through the motions for much of this. Things only really got interesting once Order 66 had been issued - and that's pretty late in the book. Once that gets going the story really flies. But, it's not enough to make this worth a relisten, in my opinion. So, I'll likely get a refund on this book.

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A surprise to be sure

But a welcome one,
I have put off listening to the novels about the movies. But this has been incredible, actually gives you a better understanding of Anakins mind and his relationships. Highly recommend for any Star wars fan.

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Mostly great.

I loved the performance for the most part. I just wish there was a little more emotion in places, in particular with the ending of Obi-wan and Anakins battle. I guess I'm just used to Ewan McGregors emotional goodbye in the movie.

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  • 01-04-09

Great book for Star Wars fans!

I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I have seen all 6 movies several times. I was looking into Star Wars books telling stories not told in the movies, but except for a couple of them, all Star Wars books available as audiobooks are abridged versions. I know you lose lots of the details in these versions, so out of curiosity I bought this one, even though I had already seen the movie. I was very surprised with the quality of the narration, and the quality of the story as well. The book adds lots of insights and details that would've been impossible to include in a 2 hr movie. Special effects are good, but nowhere excessive, and actually help in visualizing the story. Overall, I'm very happy I bought it!

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  • Michael R.
  • 25-12-21

Incredible!

I love the movie but the book is much much better. You get more scenes, dialogue and information that just makes the story absolutely brilliant! In the movie, Anakin's turn to the dark side seems a little rushed. Not so in the book.
If you like Star Wars you need to read this.