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  • Written by: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Written by: E. K. Johnston
Narrated by: Catherine Taber
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Publisher's Summary

Written by the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars Ahsoka!

When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.

©2019 E.K. Johnston (P)2019 Listening Library

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An exciting political thriller; over too soon.

Padmé deserved better than she got from Lucas, and this book delivers. Sadly it ends a little too abruptly! I'd love to hear more about Sabé.

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Great for Prequels Fans, but not really anyone else

It’s like watching C- Span with some sound effects. Now I happen to enjoy Padmé quite a lot and so I enjoyed watching her in her element, but I can’t even recommend this to other Star Wars fans. It falls flat in lot of ways; but I liked it. Listen if you like the politics of the prequels and Padmé doing them.

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For Padme fans only

Padme is not my favorite yet I still enjoyed this book. A great listen for those who want to know more about the mother of Leia.

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well done

I liked how her story was largely separate from other major events happening around her, beyond her control, which occurred during the same time period. Sorry for being vague, but I didn't want to write a spoiler! :)

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Its OK, but not for EVERY Star Wars fan

Queens Shadow was a very slow listen for me.

I'd reccomend this book to Padme fans and Star Wars SUPER FANS.

***DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ "QUEENS PERIL" FOR CONTINUITY PURPOSES***

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Padme's depth

Opportunities for Padme's character to have depth are always welcome, and this is a great example. Catherine Taber (Padme's voice in the Clone Wars) is excellent to really bring you the story and have it feel very true to the character.

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Could have been better.

This was a hard book to finish. I found the narrator very bland in her performance. I'm also not a big fan of the writing style. E.K. Johnston is just okay. She has good ideas for the big picture but the small moments with the characters are very boring. Too many scenes describing the attire of the characters and the characters moods are very basic. To be fair though, I'm a middle aged man and this is a YA novel, so I have particular tastes. My daughters might enjoy the overall book more than I did.

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Evil? I’ve fought evil before it was easy, I shot it. It’s apathy I can’t stand. - Padmé Amidala

It’s wasn’t as good as queens peril, but still interesting, I really loved the quote above. Similar to smhi’s quote in phantom menace “The problem with the galaxy is that people don’t help each other”. Built on themes used in the movies, Ek Johnson clearly cares about and loves Star Wars.

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Great character study, no story

Interesting to learn more about this time period and the characters, but there isn't really a plot to the story. Obviously excellent performance!

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Just okay

First third is super slow. Get through it for the good political story after that. As always great production (music, sound effects, etc)

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