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Star Wars: Maul

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Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

©2014 Joe Schreiber (P)2014 Random House Audio
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On the unique side of Star Wars stories

Maul: Lockdown plays like a B-Grade midnight movie that once you start there is something about it you want to see how it all wraps up. Now in saying this a B-grade is not a slight on the book, it is just how it feels. I own the Hardcover and am a MASSIVE Maul fan so I decided to grab the audio version, (as Star Wars audiobooks with full on SFX and John Williams scores are great to go to sleep to, for me). It really is the superior way to with Maul; and is how I would recommend hearing the tale of Maul going undercover in a prison that doubles as a gladiator fight cage under orders from Darth Sidious to find out about Nukes... yes, nukes in Star Wars! Maul also cannot be seen to be a using to Force, as the fight are played out live on the HoloNet, or to give away his affiliation with the Sith.

Jonathan Davis is a fantastic narrator, absolutely amazing. He and Marc Thompson both. And here Davis really brings alive the brooding, somber atmosphere in Maul. Schreiber does a good job at keeping the story going, although one sub-plot felt like it wasn't needed and the horror element implemented feels more forced (puns) than an organic component.
While not in my favorite Star Wars stories, it is indeed one of the most unique and is worth a listen to if you aare at least a Maul or Prequel Era fan.

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Maul

Great continuation of the Maul timeline, under promised and over delivered. The narration was magnificent.

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the holotape chapters were ear rape
but gud story kept me going the background sounds were litt

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eh

A simple story with some decent action and a small amount of intrigue, I enjoyed this book until maybe halfway, after that everything falls apart, the story makes no sense, the intrigue has a borning reveal and overall is just unsatisfying

narrator was top notch though and the star wars universe is a nice one to read about.

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epic story

love it full of action adventure kept me guessing what would happen next worth a read or listen

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Exemplary

Amazingly well written story, with many twists to keep the audience guessing. Interesting Characters, engaging narration, and memorable moments a plenty. Exemplary!

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Empty ending

Was a great story with a pretty stale ending- would recommend it to any Maul / Star Wars fan

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  • Troy
  • 28-01-2014

Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun

Joe Schreiber proved on Death Troopers that he can write for very specific subgenres. With Maul: Lockdown, the prison subgenre is given the Star Wars treatment. The first half of the book plays through every stereotype and expected classic bit imaginable in a way that's too much fun to just skip over. As Darth Sidious observes, any situation is rendered unstable when Maul is present, and Schreiber goes out of his way to show us exactly what that means. The second half, however, spends some time showing us the superior workings of Maul's mind and his worthiness to be a Sith apprentice. Being an amazing fighter isn't enough to be a classic villain, after all.

Taking place during the events of Darth Plagueis, shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. Where it's placed in the timeline is the necessary due to Maul's limited operation periods in the Star Wars timeline, but Lockdown doesn't use Plagueis as a crutch. Instead, this is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.

As with Death Troopers, Schreiber's incredibly descriptive prose brings a heightened sense of action and grit to the story. The inevitable fight scenes play out vividly.

Veteran Star Wars narrator Jonathan Davis is once again in top form, bringing the characters and situations to life as few others seem to be able to do. Mix in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and the movie in your mind is complete.

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  • John
  • 30-03-2014

Unleash the Dark Side

If you could sum up Star Wars: Maul in three words, what would they be?

Intense, dark, action.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darth Maul of course takes the cake. This story really brings out the wide array of talents he possesses and really drives home why he is the most dangerous being in the galaxy.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

An excellent performance. He really evokes the dark nature of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Parts of Schreiber's story are very...disturbing. He really evokes fear and darkness.

Any additional comments?

Schreiber's stories are what I would expect from the EU. Something fun to read without feeling like this is the main story and where does it fit into cannon.

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  • David
  • 24-03-2014

This is what I'm talking about

If you could sum up Star Wars: Maul in three words, what would they be?

Adult, SW, Finally!

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Excellent, loved him in Snow Crash also

Any additional comments?

Man on man, this book rocks, its the first maybe second that has what I feel is more of an adult slant to it and i could not have been better in my mind. More like this please. After Red Harvest I was kinda like eh but it was an interesting twist in the SW univierse, after this book, I'm realing for more Dark side stories from this guy (Joe Schreiber) Seems telling SW stories with a dark side bent is his niche in this universe.

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  • brian
  • 14-02-2014

Reminds me of that TV show Oz.

What did you love best about Star Wars: Maul?

The overall story. An interesting one.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything about it really.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Darth Maul himself. A Sith can survive even in a prison.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Maul taking out a Vong warrior in the first chapter proved how powerful he was.

Any additional comments?

A great book for any Darth Maul fans.

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  • Isaac
  • 17-04-2014

Prison+Aliens+Sith Lords=Amazing.

I was sold the second I saw that Jonathan Davis was the narrator. His ability to switch between characters seamlessly, giving each a unique attitude and voice of their own, is really what shines in his works. But given the addition of the ambient noise and additional sound effects in Maul: Lockdown, I think this is now one of my all-time favorite audiobooks, with or without Mr. Davis. And plus, who doesn't love Darth Maul? Props to Joe Schreiber for creating such a wonderfully dark and rocksteady story!

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  • jason
  • 18-04-2018

Definately worth a listen

As with many of the newer star wars audiobooks, (e.g. plaguis) the production amd performance were masterful. A great book that fills in a lot of the character developement on maul and his motivations and desires. Explains quite a few of the questions and inconsistencies of mauls existence and actions.

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  • Diego Feliu
  • 29-05-2016

You Can't Lockup The Dark Side!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very much so. Aside from having an amazing plot with loads of fast-paced tension, Jonathan Davis managed to translate those expertly crafted pages, the distinctive voices of the characters and the different tones of voice remarkably well for the audiobook version. It was an excellent production.

What did you like best about this story?

That there was never a dull moment and I am not one to use that description often when it comes to books because in my mind, that means that there were exciting highlights in every single chapter. Which makes this book even more impressive as far as I am concerned because while most chapters were short, it was still the longest Star Wars book in terms of quantity of chapters I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Never a dull moment in 76 chapters? By the Force, this SW book had me hooked in the way only my all time favorite pieces of Star Wars literature ever got me and I have listen to well over 60 SW audiobooks in my life. As a result. I have to rank this book within the best of the best of my personal list in terms of constant delight.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh this book was full of many enjoyable scenes that could have made the cut. But I am gonna have to pick the scene that ended up becoming the "turning point" scene to me, the one that convince me to keep watching for more hours without stopping until I finished this amazing tale.



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The moment where the "first" inmante that went by the name of Zero is unmasked. I was almost sure that Iram Radique was going to end up being the man that Zero turned out to be. And then, to top my shock, this important behind the scenes character gets shot on the orders of the true arms dealer despite the fact he created and runs the incredibly precise program of the unique prison. This scene had me at the edge of my seat wondering who the Holy Force was this mysterious Iram Radique. As soon as finished that tense chapter, I refused to let go of my audiobook until I was done and true to my word I finished the book that day.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When a father dies right after having just seen his son do something to make him very proud of his son and tells him so, before passing away.

Any additional comments?

If Disney ever decides to make an R-ated anthology film with content adapted from a Legends book, this one would definitely be a crowd pleaser.

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  • Shaun L
  • 05-06-2019

great story and narrator

this is a really good and really cool story. the narration by Jonathan David is excellent. The story and seemed true to Maul's character. a little long and drawn out in places - this one could really have been abridged. if it didn't have these flat spots, I would have rated it s 5.

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  • dansp91
  • 12-09-2018

WTF is going on in this story??

Narrator is great but the story is all over the place and spend way too much time wasted on secondary characters when it should focus on Maul. In the end it was such a brief and inconsequential mission in Maul’s life that it did not need to be written. One comic book would’ve been enough!

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  • Dustin C,
  • 03-05-2016

A gripping story and one well worth any fans time.

A gripping story taking place in events well before the events of episode 1 as Darth Maul tries to complete his mission for his master and prove himself worthy to be part of the grand plan. voice work and sound affect were fantastic and the introduction of little bits of fun secrets for the attentive and learned fan. Well worth the time, recommended.

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  • Stefan McAllister
  • 05-08-2017

Fantastic

The story sucked me in, I couldn't stop listening! thrilling to the end. Loved it!

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 13-05-2017

Prison blues...

It's a dark and surprisingly gritty and gory story and great to see Maul take center stage. He is a great anti-hero and I always felt he was despatched too soon in the movies. Sadly, the overall plot is quite the tangled mess and like the ever-shifting Rubik's Cube style prison where the story takes place, the plot constantly shifts and moves adding in way too many subplots, characters and narrative dead ends for you to make any sense of what is going on or why Maul ended up there in the first place.
In the end you give up making any sense of it and just enjoy Jonathan Davis' for exceptional performance. He weaves effortlessly and skillfully in and out of the many characters, supported by the usual high production standards that make every Star Wars book such a great listen, regardless of the overall story.

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  • Paul Mountney
  • 04-08-2017

Loved it

fantastic story I really enjoyed every moment, I'd love to see more stories from Maul

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  • orkney buyer
  • 23-06-2017

Star Wars: Maul Review

I loved this audio book and I wanted more like this in the future.
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  • Zak
  • 17-01-2017

enjoyed it thoroughly.

very good. good length. good characters, creative action and plots. overall very fun to listen.

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  • Connor
  • 18-10-2016

Surprisingly a great listen

I'm a big fan of Star Wars books. however, I was not sure how good story could be made with small locked up in a prison. it was a touch slow to get moving, but well worth intriguing plot lines and twists.

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  • E. Strachan
  • 20-04-2016

Epic

Best audible ever Listened to only bad thing was it keeps repeating the chapters name

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  • Jonathan
  • 26-03-2016

The mystery of Maul....

.... Great book. This book delves a little deeper into Maul's background and psyche without going too far, and ruining the mystery of his characters.

The story is great- showing exactly how grim and dark the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy is supposed to be.

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  • Clonedkenobi
  • 19-12-2015

Great

This is my first audiobook, and I have to say: Perfect!!! Great voice performance, great story, I'm hooked.

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  • Mike
  • 20-06-2019

Not what it could’ve been

Without giving too much away... (mild spoiler) this is a story about Maul in which he does not have his light sabre and is forbidden from using the force for the entirety of the book. Therefore massively limiting the story.
Overall production is good but the book doesn’t tell much plot.