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.'
I would have to say in the top 10.
It wasnt Kenobi going out to save the galaxy, just him dealing with normal everyday life.
I have liked all of Davis's preformaces. I don't the Star Wars world would be the same if he didnt do it.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
John Jackson Miller initially wrote this as a comic book story, an area where he excels. Jedi, isolated from the universe. The decision was then made to turn the script into a novel, and it delivers. This is a great look at Kenobi at his finest, balanced between being a warrior, diplomat, and trickster. Another fun thing is that Miller does tie all of the threads together. AS a reader of Star Wars novels and comics you will be screaming for the characters to put two and two together. Fantastic outing!
Kenobi was great, but "Plug Eye" was fantastic.
His performance as the Hutt accountant was really unique.
The Hooded Stranger
I would absolutely recommend this book. It's a well written tale that walks a wonderful line between being a high noon-esque western and a really awesome Star Wars EU book.
I find myself reminded of "Darth Plagueis" and "Dark lord: The Rise of Darth Vader". "Kenobi" really does a brilliant job of exploring a single key character to the Star Wars mythology while also mixing in all the outside players perfectly. Which is a another key aspect of what I like about the other two books I mentioned.
I have. I've listened to "Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader"," Darth Bane: Path of Destruction", "Star Wars Episode III" and am about to listen to "Maul: Lockdown". And Kenobi is the best of them all. Davis seems the more relaxed in this audio than any of those others. He handles the "other" character brilliantly And as good as his Kenobi was in "Revenge of the Sith", he absolutely embraces the Ewan McGregor style "Kenobi" for this tale. And may I say the production and sound effects mix is the best since "Darth Plagueis". The chapter cut sound effect is especially cool.
"Now that's a name I haven't heard for a long time."
Great overall experience. Listening to this one book is what has not only gotten me back in the mood to listen to audiobooks but more importantly it has gotten me back into Star Wars and the EU-verse. Thank you, Audible. Thank you Random House Audio. Thank you, Mr. Lucas. Thank you too, Del Ray. Thanks for the good read.
Kenobi was a well paced story from start to finish, with elements of action and drama mixed nicely. We really get to dive deep into Obi-Won's soul, and learn more about his feeling towards Anakin, and the emotions he felt during and after Episode III.
Not so much a book, but a classic movie.....The Rifleman.
Jonathan Davis is the GO TO GUY to narrate Star Wars novels! He captures Obi-Won's voice and character to a tee, and he gives life to the assorted characters in the novel.
The ending for sure, after Obi-Won resolves the story's issues/conflicts, and grants himself a measure of forgivness for the actions of Episode II/III.
Being a huge Star Wars book fan I found this one rather plain. The narration was excellent. The story itself was just.... I didn't care for what was going on. The emotional interaction of the characters felt very forced. The back drop of Tatooine was the most exciting thing going on just because I could relate it to the feelings I had watching Episode IV for the first time. But for the love of me I could not give two cents about Tusken Raiders. Its not a bad book. I really don't enjoy saying anything about negative about it. But, I kept having to force myself to finish it. However, I did not return it. Some people really liked it, I found it to be mostly filler.
Not quite as phenomenal as "The Rise of Darth Vader." It seems to take place before and during that gem of story. There should have been some physical romance for Obi-wan.
Disney really needs to get Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen together again and make this book and the before-mentioned into an epic movie.
Jonathan Davis is the best Star Wars narrator ever!!!
The story took a while to get started but it ended up being compelling.
fantastic narration. and a great story of that crazy old Ben kenobi. really helps bridge the story between episode three and a new hope. a must listen for any star wars fan.
I admit I was not excited about the story before I started the book, with so many reviewers making this into some Star Wars western. But... And I can understand they analogy... I liked the story. I think Ben's story has been somewhat under-told and would welcome more Kenobi lore. He was such a great character in the early stories, would be nice to know more about him from here to Luke (as an adult).
I mostly did. I don't often take books out of my car (away from the daily commute), but I did this one.