An Audible listen for me, Darth Plagueis by James Luceno is familiar and yet is non-canonical. It is my first Star Wars audio book that is lacking the usual and expected music and sound effects. That being said, the story doesn’t lack because of the missing music and effects.
Darth Plagueis tells the story of the rise of Darth Sidious and the re-emergence of the Dark Side as a force in the galaxy once more. Plagueis may be the titled character of the book but truly, the book is about the dichotomy of Sidious/Palpatine. Much of the political scheming and characters from Episodes I-III (yes those hated and despised episodes by some (of which I’m not one)) make an appearance in some form or another. Padme Amidala, Naboo, Trade Federation, Midi-Chlorians, pod racing, and Coruscant all make appearances.
It is clear that this book was written in support of the first three episodes as a result of the public dislike of the prequel movies. The book is a fascinating glimpse into the backstory which couldn’t be told in the movies. Sure, it’s non-canonical at this point but it is also clearly so close to canon that personally I can more fully appreciate the prequel movies now.
Four out of five stars, excellent narration and great story telling with familiar characters and places.