Definitely Jonathan Davis. It will depend on what the subject matter John Jackson Miller writes about as to whether I would read another one of his books or not
For the die hard Star Wars fan, yes. But for the casual fan, I would recommend 'Darth Plagueis' instead. While the narration was well done and the story well written, there was nothing extraordinary about it. I found nothing revelational about this particular story of Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi's residency on Tatooine. I expected maybe a revelation that Darth Vader (a.k.a. Anakin Skwalker) had survived their epic encounter or maybe a mentioning of atrocities committed by the newly formed Empire. But, there was hardly a mentioning except regarding known events that occurred in Episode III. We hear his one sided conversations with Qui Gon Jinn, but don't hear his former master's reply. Ben is there to keep vigil while Luke Skywalker grows up, but is evidently doing so at a distance. This story also conveys that Obi Wan is for the most part in an information vacuum in the outer rim on Tatooine. And the story makes it pretty obvious that the will of the Force is to make sure that Ben's true identity as a Jedi Knight is kept a secret, no matter how much trouble he finds himself in.
Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job of pacing the story as well as varying up the voices enough that you know who is speaking without having to hear or read "Said, such and such character." The sound effects and music that accompany his narration of Star Wars audio books also lends to the telling of the story.
You mean like hiding out in the desert and talking to ghosts of former mentors? LOL! Not really.
LIke I mentioned before, Kenobi is a well written Star Wars story, but unfortunately, it isn't very exciting. There are a lot better Star Wars novels to choose from than 'Kenobi.'
This was definitely not one of my favorite books from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It picks up where the Legacy of the Force series left off and Jacen Solo's betrayal to the Jedi Order will obviously have repercussions for the future of the Jedi and it's Grand Master Luke Skywalker. I won't give away any spoilers, but "Outcast" seems more like a setup book for a more elaborate plot in the series than a grand adventure itself. Unfortunately this book does not stand alone on its own accord. It will be interesting to see how this series plays out. I sure hope that the rest of the authors aren't as obsessed about Coffee, or 'caf' as its known in the Star Wars universe. I got tired of hearing about every character, either NOT having their morning caf or needing some caf, or going to get caf, or offering another character caf. It got old, REALLY QUICK, but unfortunately continued throughout the book. Overall, the book was average ~ not great, and not bad either, but the series has potential.
Most of the questions every Star Wars fan has been asking about Palpatine since the Star Wars prequels were released are answered in this amazingly well written book by James Luceno. When did Sidious kill his master, Plageueis? How and when did he meet Darth Maul? When did he befriend Dooku? Why did Sifo Dyas order the clone army? All answered in this novel. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll love this book. While it's more about scheming and plotting than the popcorn style action of the original trilogy, it's paralleling of the historical machinations of those who rotted societies/ republics such as the Roman Empire from within is uncanny. I found it quite politically intriguing as well as one can see where political maneuvering and ruthlessness where the ends justify the means can literally hand a nation, or in this case, a galaxy over to tyrannical authority. I'm already planning on listening to this one again as it was too good to pass through only once.Also, if you haven't read or listened to 'Cloak of Deception' by James Luceno, you'll want to download (or READ the novel) next as it ties in and overlaps with this book. THEN, watch the Phantom Menace, Episode I and it will make a lot more sense then it ever did on it's own. ENJOY!
Palpatine/ Darth Sidious. After listening to this book, it's now understandable why Sidious was able to maneuver his way into the Chancelorship and why he could undermine and manipulate the Jedi.
Very well read & paced. Although he pronounced a few names differently than they did in the movies.
Absolutely! Unfortunately, I didn't have that opportunity. But I will definitely listen to it again
James Luceno is by far one of the BEST Star Wars expanded universe authors. His book Cloak of Deception is also excellent and ties in directly with this book and Episode I
As most folks have already stated, this is a great followup to the Thrawn trilogy. Marc Thompson has yet another great read under his belt.
The story is pretty solid for it's time and just like other EU books it tends to jump around a bunch.
The thing I disliked was Luke, and in some of the past books and a quite and few after this one. He is a self nominated Jedi Master but most of the books put him in these situations that a Jedi Padawan could get out ease and a real Jedi Master wouldn't have even broke a sweat, but yet here Luke is straining to do things like fight off 6 guys.
Some new readers and listeners think this book is new, it is not. It's over 16 years old. Random House Audio is just going back and redoing most of the EU books to current audio formats and editorials.