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Star Wars: Queen's Shadow

Written by: E.K. Johnston
Narrated by: Catherine Taber
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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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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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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Disinteresting for 3/4 .

The amount of characters thrown at you without development other then the odd few are lame. Very uninteresting i didnt feel an attachment to any of them other then Padme. The first 3/4 of the story are dry and for me felt like it had little to no impact on the overall story.

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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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  • Raymond L
  • 2019-03-18

A story only worth reading, diehard Padmé fans.

While the story was a difficult undertaking, there really was entirely underwhelming. Some issues are not necessarily Johnston's fault (like the names of handmaidens'names being so similar), in general the weakness of the story is due to poor writing.

The beginning is extremely slow and there is very little action. The lack of action would get forgivable if the interactions throughout were not flat and they dialogue so often eye-rolling level cheesy.

I really wanted to like the book but it was just not good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • 2019-03-19

Wasted potential

Star Wars is great because of engaging stories, interesting characters in a galaxy with space wizards and space battles.

This is not that.

A book about Padme's hair, her gowns, governmental procedures, a light softcore porn scene, and centering around no real cohesive story line. This book's only real purpose seems to be to fill in gaps of what happened behind the scenes.

Padme could've been made into a very interesting character, maybe highlighting why she sticks with Anakin a very flawed violent character. She doesn't really grow. She's essentially the same person she was at the beginning of the book, reliant on those around her, seemingly not able to carve her own path. Padme starts off with a noble purpose in the book then immediately abandons it for no real reason. The rest of the book is name dropping characters and hints at things we know that happen (movies, Clone Wars, comics) while Padme stumbles through being a senator.

The book only picks up at the epilogue where for the first time a character in the book shows real emotion.

Performance and production are excellent as usual with Star wars audiobooks.

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  • Emma Hargrave
  • 2019-03-07

E. K. Johnston does it again

Padme Amidala has been my favorite character in the Star Wars universe since I was a little girl in the theater watching the Phantom Menace with my dad. One of my earliest memories of putting on a costume is wearing her red throne room dress for Halloween that year. While continuing the intrigue and politics of the Star Wars universe, which is my favorite aspect of it, Johnston’s book also let me feel closer to my favorite character. Her art for writing style goes above and beyond adequately displaying the presents that the character radiates in the films. Her vivid imagery makes me want to go back through all of the films and all of the Star Wars books that I’ve read And make a list of every costume that Padme has ever worn and then make each one of those. I got chills listening to this book, and I most certainly cried listening to this book. Katherine Taber‘s performance is stunning and I hope that she gets to record more content as Padme. I definitely recommend reading this if you are a Star Wars fan and if you are a prequels fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-15

performance was great. story was lacking.

this story was fine. it wasn't great, it had a lot of strong, female characters, which was awesome to hear. it just feels like for 2/3 of the story, they aren't doing much but planning and not a whole lot happens to them. this book is about how the Senate worked (slowly and not well) but then padme comes in they work on a bill for a bit and BAM! (no behind the scenes work, just working on the text of the actual bill). the bill gets passed and then they say "well that can't ever happen again." That is everything of consequence that happens in this book. I realize we know who padme is as a character from all the star wars content that has come out over the years, but the characters around her could have grown or changed.

Other things happen, but it is mainly to introduce padme to characters that we already know from the star wars universe. Nobody really changes or has an actual arc.

I really enjoyed Johnston's work on the Ahsoka book because the character and characters around her grew, changed and were different people from the beginning of the book to the end. This feels like Johnston had an initial idea for the premise of a story but didn't have enough time to fill it out. Ther process of getting the votes could have been eye-opening and made some of the characters face some tough decisions as to how they were going get it done. Instead, it just gets done.

the production and performance were great and what I've come to expect for a star wars audiobook. Catherine Taber and the entire production staff of this book did really well.

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  • Samuel B.
  • 2019-03-05

Blend of Old and New

In this book we as a reader we are introduced to a young Padme following her time as the queen. Thrust into a new life both similar and different to her old life she is forced to rely on old friends and new ones to support her through this journey. We see old names return young such as Rush Clovis and Mina Bonteri. As well as gain insight on her handmaidens and their role in her life, an often neglected part of it. All in all this book gave me a lot to think about in a story that was, in my eyes, quite good.

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  • Jonathan J. Fattu
  • Glendale, AZ
  • 2019-03-13

The performance was great but the story was meh.

The story seemed so broken up between periods and didn't have much plot line. I would have loved for it to have one specific story line that it lead up to.

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  • brian
  • 2019-03-05

An excellent transition between episodes 1 and 2

Great narration from Catherine Tabar, Padme's voice actress on Clone Wars. Excellent development and focus for her, Padme, and her staff, and other characters. A great way to bridge the gap between episodes 1 and 2, a nice change of pace from the Disney cannon, adding moreto the prequels cannon. I don't intend to keep it, but, I'd highly recommend it to any Star Wars fans.

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  • Scott Rosales
  • 2019-03-06

Really Good

Beautifully written. The Star Wars book I didn't know I needed. The epilogue is perfect and helps redefine (for me at least) the connection of Padme to the original trilogy.
Highly recommend.

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  • kirk
  • 2019-03-16

not much happened

the book was very slow and boring. nothing really happened. the epilogue was interesting though. there are so many stories they could have told, I don't know why they told this one.

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  • Aleja Allen
  • 2019-03-10

Fantastic

The level of respect that this book gave me for the prequels knows no bounds. This book gave so much depth to Padmé and her handmaidens. I think I’ve been a bit unkind to Padmé, but this book gave me so much respect for her. I would love to have a whole series about Padmé’s growth out of the Queen’s Shadow (also the levels of layering that Johnston used around the title blew my mind) and her handmaiden’s. I really can’t recommend this book enough and I so hope we get more. Johnston really does a good job of helping the reader understand that Padmé Amidala and Padmé Naberrie are two totally different people and how those identities are constructed. This book also gave some much needed context to Padmé’s seemingly flat appearance in TPM, so thank god for that. I get it now. I think any Star Wars fan will appreciate this book for its detail and handling of Galactic Politics.

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