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Path of Destruction

Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)
Written by: Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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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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Arise Darth Bane

Before Disney bought and corrupted that galaxy far far away. Gifted writers wrote amazing stories. This one book 1 in a 3 book cycle, is one of those incredible stories. Set a thousand years before the fall of the republic and the rise of the empire.
An order of Sith Lords known as the brotherhood of the dark side. An immensely powerful Sith apprentice rises to realize that the only way for the Sith to final destroy the Jedi. The Sith must be cleansed and purged of the weak. Instead of head-on brute force, deception and cunning will succeed. The Sith order must be replaced with an rule of 2.
Brilliantly written, entertainingly performed.

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very enjoyable

loved listening to this novel. I had previously read the novel years ago. this narrative brought my sense of the book back to me.

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Got Me Hooked

Finished the book in the first 2 days that I bought it cause I couldn't get enough. excellent story with a excellent narrator and sound effects. purchasing the next book in the series immediately! Highly recommend this trilogy!

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love this book

this is the second time I'm going through this book series. I read it the first time and loved it. the audiobook is better than I thought it would be. I love the music that added to it

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best star wars book ever

the title says it all, I loved every part of it hope it becomes cannon again one day

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Star Wars masterpiece, awesome trilogy.

Jonathan Davis is an impecable narrator and Drew wrote one of the best trilogies (if not the best) ir the whole Star Wars saga. A materpiece of 3 parts.

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great story great narrator

Definitely narrated nicely the story is an amazing journey of a hardened veteran of war turned sith of course turned into an amazingly structured sith of legends truly Darth bane is a legend too be feared

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The start to an awesome trilogy

The Darth Bane series is one of my favourites, I got hooked right away. #Audible1

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good book on parenting!!

fantastic story telling the story of how 1 Humen boy contracted sith cancer but injected 1 whole Jedi at the last second to become a swag trooper. now he's coming for your booty so hide your kids. hide your wife.

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Very well written book.

The characters are original, the story is interesting the whole way through. I have bought most of the Star Wars novels and give two thumbs up for this one!

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  • Mitch
  • 2013-01-19

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Silver
  • 2013-06-26

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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  • Reviewer
  • 2014-03-13

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!

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  • Sean
  • 2012-11-05

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.

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  • A. Douglas
  • 2019-05-15

The Old Republic are the best.

I really enjoyed this book. Great character development and great story. In my opinion most of the Old Republic stories are the best of the Star Wars series. All the stories based on the Sith Lord is a no holds bar, hang on to your seat joy ride. The writers are free to write anything they want with the restraint of making sure the good guys win in the end. It make for a much more enjoyable, unpredictable read.

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  • shanna poston
  • 2019-10-25

Best book series ever

Absolutely amazing storyline and voice acting. The narrator plays bane the best I could imagine him. Definitely deserves more than just a 5 star.

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  • Jonathan G Healy
  • 2019-08-06

The Bane Trilogy

Don't judge from others, just give this a listen. Best audio book in star wars history. love the book 2

After this get Rule of Two
Then get Dynasty of Evil

If can't urge enough how amazing this series is. Please enjoy

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  • ML
  • 2019-08-01

This guy needs to narrate all our favorite books

Jonathan Davis made this book feel alive. And the audio effects were an incredible touch. I can't wait for the next series. 10/10 would read again.

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  • Andrew B
  • 2019-04-10

Awesome! Movie Worthy!

This story is so well written and so well performed. The story is dark and ominous very different from most Star Wars books in that aspect, but it really delivers on the plot. It’s the next greatest plot next to the story of Anakin Skywalker’s life.

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  • Cindy
  • 2013-01-21

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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  • Basil Gerard
  • 2019-05-18

Incredible production value for poor fanfiction

This audio book has music, sound effects and a great narrator. All in the service of a very bad novel; not a single relatable or likable character (which by itself could be a creative choice), non sense character motivation, arcs, plot and themes.
It's solidly in the so bad it's good territory, if you can get past the complete lack of self awareness and occasional misogyny.