Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks, Alexander Adams

Best of the Best. This stunning new chapter in George Lucas's "Star Wars" saga has been brought to life by Terry Brooks, the foremost author of fantasy fiction. A stirring novel of good and evil, human strengths and frailties, and grand adventure, "The Phantom Menace" adds powerful new dimension to a legendary work of imagination. Abridged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375407444
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/22/1999
Series: Star Wars
Edition description: Unabridged, 9 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 7.99(h) x 2.88(d)

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Legend of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; and the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1944

Place of Birth:

Sterling, Illinois


B.A. in English, Hamilton College, 1966; J.D., Washington and Lee University

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Star Wars Episode I 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom Menace is about two jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wann Kenobi, who find a boy who could fulfill the ancient prophecy. Naboo was under attack so Obi-Wann and Qui-Gon went to Naboo to convince the Federation to stop the attack.. Before they could speak to anyone, the doors were locked and deadly gas was sprayed all around the room. They cut through the doors with their lightsabers destroyed droids, and held their breath so they couldn¿t breath the gas. Once they escaped then ran into a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks. The two jedi and Jar Jar travel to the Naboo Palace, where they found Queen Amidala, Captain Panaka, and their gaurds surrounded by battle droids. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wann kill the battle droids and most of them fly away in a ship. The Federation had surrounded the planet with ships so on their way out the ships fired at them. They couldn¿t make it all the way to Crusant without making repairs. The nearest planer was Tatoine so they stopped there to buy parts for the ship. At Tatoine, Qui-Gon, R2D2, and the Queens hand maiden, Padme, ran into a boy named Anakin Skywalker. Anakin fell in love with Padme, who was actually the Queen in disguise, and invited her and her friends to stay at his house because a sandstorm was coming. They didn¿t have enough money for what they needed so they entered Anakin into a pod race. Qui-Gon made a bet with Anakin¿s slave owner. The bet was, if Anakin won, Qui-Gon got the parts he needed, got Anakin, and the slave owner got the prize money. If Anakin lost, the slave owner got Qui-Gon¿s ship and the Pod. Anakin won so Qui-Gon and everyone else went to Crusant. At Crusant , Anakin was tested and was strong with the force, but was too old to be trained now. The Queen decided she wanted to go back to Naboo to save her people. They went to talk to the Gungans, who agreed to help them get Naboo back. The Gungans fought the battle droids off, the two Jedi battled Darth Maul the Sith, the pilots went to destroy the droid control ship, and the Queen and her guards went to kidnap Nute Gunray, the viceroy. Anakin hid in a plane but the plane started to take off. Meanwhile the Gungans had fought and were having to retreat. The queen had Nute surrounded but he said the droids would bust through the door any minute. Anakin was flying around and landed on the droid control ship. There were tons of droids in front of the ship so he blasted his torpedoes, although he missed the droids, the whole control ship started to blow up.Then all th droids shut off. In the battle against Darth Maul Obi-Wann was stuck behind a laser shield while Qui-Gon and Darth Maul fought. Qui-Gon got killed just as the laser shield went down. Then Obi-Wann and Darth Maul had an intense battle until Obi-Wann sliced Darth Maul in half. After they won Anakin was able to be trained. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. This book is filled with action. Everywhere there is some type of fight going on from an argument to a light saber battle. The fight for the planet Naboo has the most action with a light saber battle, the Gungans fighting droids, and even the Queen captures Nute Gunray. This book has great details throughout the story. It describes the people so amazingly like when it describes Jar Jar Binks, it talks about his big yellow eyes and his reddish scale-like things. Also Darth Maul is described as something with yellow eyes, red and black tattoos on his face, and horns sticking out of his head. There ore tons of interesting events in the book. They have Pod races, droid battles, shop battles, light saber battles and kidnaping. In the Pod race, Anakin knew where to go, what to do, and when to do it, which is pretty cool and interesting. This story has technology that is way better than what we have today. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Episode1 The Phantom Menace is a science fiction book by George Lucas. I think that this book has a slow beginning but gets more exciting toward the end. Overall I liked it. The setting of the book is a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The major conflict of this story is how Queen Amidala will end the Trade Federation to end the blockade on her planet. She first tries to end her problem peacefully by trying to get the Senate to make it illegal. Then she tries to impeach the counselor. Finally she tries to take her planet back by force. The authors style is easy to read and it is in third person. I recommend this book to people who what to get some reading done.
StarWarsGamerNerd More than 1 year ago
This book was great basically from start to finish. It tells the story far better than the movie ever did. Even though books let us go into the minds of characters, it still showed far much more feeling and characterization to the characters. You understand Anakin more. He's not just some happy-go-lucky, clean dressed, "Yipee" yelling kid. The story puts him in rags, being a slave and all, and Watto a little more meaner and more like a slave-driving, money hungry being that he is. It tells about a race he's in when the story first starts out and he crashes and loses, and gets a scolding from Watto. It tells a lot more about how strong he is with the Force and how he can't explain what he can do. It shows a closer relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, like father and son, the way it should've been in the movie. They sometimes bicker and disagree, which is what people do. The book gives more characterization for Panaka and the Queen. Panaka doesn't agree with the Jedi and shows it, showing his protection of the Queen. She shows much more feeling. The best part is how Obi-Wan can't stand Jar Jar and doesn't agree with Qui-Gon taking him along. It explains why Qui-Gon took him. But by the end Obi-Wan learns his lessons from Qui-Gon. You also go into the thoughts of Jar Jar, making him not...quite so bad. The end space battle makes more sense. R2-D2 was piloting the ship and the Force was using Anakin, which the movie just made it look like an accident and basically corny. Packed with extra scenes and dialogue, you get a much better understanding of the story which the movie simply didn't do. If the movie was a lot more like the book, I think it would've done better....along with a lot of Jar Jar's annoying dialogue and antics cut down too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Granted, if you liked Star Wars: The Phantom Menace there's a good chance you'll like this book, but it dosen't hold togethere nearly as good as the movie. First of all there's so much describing of detail to what a person is thinking and not of what the scene looks like. If you haven't seen the movie, please do before reading this book because it dosen't make you feel like you're standing right there. Also, the way the chapters are blended together, well they are'nt. They end in awkward places and have no kinds off hooks or cliffhangers to make you keep on reading. It isn't suspensful and it dosen't keep up it's end of the bargain for the movie. Don't get this book if you aren't a Star Wars maniac. Trust me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
XD yeah another star wars movie yaay!!! :x omg secret mission. :D Monsters out there, leaking in here, all sinking and no power?????!!! WHEN DO YOUSA THINK WESA IN TROUBLE? haha :) aww what a CUTE little kid. O.o ?? Thats Anakin?? HE grows up to be Darth Vader?? XD hahahaha epic jar-jar fail his tongue got zapped by podracer energy. >:( Sebulba you JERKFACE!!!!!!!!!! DATS CHEATING!! :D yay Anakin won anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ohno its DARTH MAUL OMG HES SO ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYZ THE GOOD GUYZ ESCAPED!!! *Gets up to go make microwaved popcorn* Ok back now >:O WHAT DO YOU MEAN ANAKIN CANT BE A JEDI???? Yayz Qui Gon is gonna train him. Omg secret forest area Padme is the queen?? Lolwut Gungan army in a forcefield bubble :) Anakin flying a fighter ship ;) O.O Jedi battle. So intense. Epic music. T.T NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUI GON , WHYYYYYYY????? YESH OBI WAN FOR THE WIN!! oh yayz a parade. This movie changed my life forevs. --Hikari Raion, Padawan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, it was. Could have been better, but good nonetheless. The only thing I didn't like about it was how he portrayed Obi-Wan: too pessimistic at times. But then again, I'm a die-hard Obi-Wan fan so, take that with a grain of salt... Other than that, this was basically flawless. Well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For centuries, the Jedi Knights have guarded the Republic and guaranteed its freedom. Now that freedom is threatened by the growing power of the amoral Trade Federation, and by an enemy even the Jedi have cause to fear. The Sith Lords aren't gone from the universe, after all. As the Trade Federation invades the planet Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn arrives with his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to rescue Queen Amidala. When their ship suffers damage during their escape, they're forced to land on a remote planet called Tatooine. There a nine-year-old slave boy, Anakin Skywalker, proves their only hope of repairing the ship and getting Amidala to the galactic capital of Coruscant. Young Skywalker may be their only hope for a great deal more than Naboo's future, though. As Master Qui-Gon realizes, when he perceives the boy's Jedi-like gifts and discovers through surreptitious testing that Anakin's midi-chlorian count exceeds that of any Jedi on record. Can this child be the promised one? Who will, according to ancient prophecy, restore balance to the Force? Well written and enjoyable. Although this story really does work better on the movie screen, the author does a good job of getting inside the characters' heads. Even the often ridiculed Jar Jar Binks - a comic relief figure, only, in the film - gains enough depth to make him interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may be kinda boring but it get way better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the a book. What more is there to say. It is a little more descriptive as all books are when compared to movies, but since this is taking the movie and adapting it to a book, it was actually somewhat boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Star Wars even though I'm a girl. Other girls in my class just don't understand that Star Wars is the best series of books and movies that I have ever heard of!!!!!!
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is an absolute must for any Star Wars fan. The story of how Anakin Skywalker won his freedom from slavery and began his quest as a Jedi that would eventually lead to his becoming the galaxy conquering Darth Vader is simply amazing. Terry Brooks has successfully adapted a gripping masterpiece and made a book that is a fun and easy read. I could read an entire novel just about Anakin Skywalker going about his life as a slave on Tatooine. Perhaps the very best quality of this novel is that it includes several chapters of great material that wasn't included in the movie. This makes for an interesting read because you never know when something new that you have never before seen might jump out at you from among the familiar. Overall, it's highly enjoyable and pretty easy to read too. I recommend this book to any person who likes Star Wars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait untill star wars episode vii (7).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its awsome meet darth maul
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although when I read this book I wasn't very familiar with the works of Terry Brooks. But as the reviews in the book suggest, Brooks is a master story teller. Finely detailed and well fitted to the characters of Episode I. And since the book was written before the movie actually came out (which meant he read the script and did not see the movie) Brooks has successfully "brought-to-life" The Phantom Menace. I strongly recommend reading this book if your a good fan of Star Wars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! From pg. 1 it's great. I'm on pg. 66 but I can tell you it's awesome. Has alot of humor so far, too. It's never boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best star wars audio I have heard since the audio drama. I think the reader did very well. If you are blind like I am you could probably enjoy audiobooks such as this one even more than a person with sight. I can immagine the star wars world as Adams is describing it to me, and I can feel like I am right there in that world.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Interesting read :D Love it much better than the other version (in my opinion) ~MyBrotherStrikesBack
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Much better than will sakes verson than one was soooooooooooooooooooooo baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
esarkesian More than 1 year ago
Nearly 17 years after its release, The Phantom Menace is widely seen as one of the two worst entries in the Star Wars film series (though where it falls depends on the fan, usually). So how does the novelization hold up? Considering that it's the same story, the novelization might be the better way to take in the story. It hits many of the same beats as the film, which is understandable, but it's stripped of the wooden performances and largely verbally silent segments of the film. For all the problems of the film, there's a solid enough story, and that's what carries over to the novelization. With the series gaining new fans now and into the future, I'd recommend watching the film first, but for those looking to dive into the literary world of Star Wars, The Phantom Menace is worth reading to help put this part of the saga into a tone that fits with the rest of the Star Wars canon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” O.k, the book was a galactic adventure and with how they phrased everything, that’s the kind of book I would read every day! I have had a hard time trying to find the right book that I would connect to but I think I have found the right one. I love the phrase, “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” that is a cool one! It was not hard to read and I am a 6th grader. I think this is a good book for 5th grade students and older people, if they like action books. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
After seeing the Star Wars movies for the first time last year I decided I wanted to read the books of the prequel series as well and bought the omnibus edition with the three prequel books. I finally got around to reading the first book and it's a great way to revisit the story and experience it in a different way. I think this is the first time I read a book after I've seen the movie. It was an interesting experience, instead of visualizing the characters myself I saw the actors and landscapes from the movie and saw everything play out in my mind very vividly. This book follows the story from the movie pretty closely, but there are some extra scenes and tidbits of insight and information that are missing in the movie. I also though that in book form the story was a bit easier to follow than in movie, but that might be my personal preference for reading stories over watching movies. There are some scenes where we see Darth Sidious set up his plot and communicate with the trade federation about the blockade. We see Annakin participate in a pod race before he meets Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and I felt like we got a better feel for his life as a slave. There is also a bit more depth in the characters, like why Qui-Gon decides to help Annakin and Jar Jar and what Obi-Wan thinks of that. There are also a few explanations of how the Jedi order and how the Sith came to be that aren't in the movies. So the book manages to add a few tidbits to make it worth the read. One of the issues I had is with Terry Brooks his writing style. His writing stylte is telling and descriptive and even a bit distant and dry at times. After a few chapters I did got used to his writing style. The lightsaber fight scenes are a lot better in the movie, Terry Brooks didn't manage to capture the feel of those battles. I did think he did a great job with the podracer scenes capturing the excitement of the races. I do wonder if this book would be the same if you read it before the movie There are some descriptions and I think the author did a good job with the world and character descriptions, but my knowledge and memories of the movie filled in a lot of details. On the other hand the explanations and the flow of the story was done very well, so I don't think a reader would be lost reading the books first. I enjoyed seeing the familiar characters again and seeing the story play out again. It's great to revisit the star wars universe in this way and to experience the story in a different way. I really enjoyed seeing the dynamics between all the characters. I liked seeing the different facets of Annakin's personality already here, we see his dreams, his love for flying and podracing, his determination, but there's also a scene showing his temper that I don't remember was in the movie. There are also some clumsy Jar Jar scenes that made me smile that are in the movie as well. I also thought it was interesting to see yoda his reluctance to allow Annakin into the Jedi order and how he didn't agree with the council, I didn't remember that scene as well from the movie. There is a bit more foreshadowing and hints about Darth Sidious his plans in this book already, while I felt that is given less attention in the movies, we get a few chapters from his point of view and the trade federation so we see their side too.The author captured the essence of the story very well and made it all feel familiar and new at the same time.