I hated this book. I love Star Wars extended universe and have read/heard over 30 of the books. This one is just terrible. It suffers from narrative limitations based on the canon that unfortunately kill any chance at excitement. Kenobi cannot reveal he is a Jedi, so there's no action at all. The characters are heavy handed and one dimensional. The perspective of the Sand People is a great concept that is wasted by this writer.
Skip it. Get Maul: Lockdown instead.
At the end of Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi is forced into hiding after believing that he killed Anakin in their confrontation. He took with him the infant Luke Skywalker and pledged to watch over him until the time was right. Episode VI (or, to us Gen-xer's, Star Wars) sees "Crazy Old Ben" Kenobi pulled out of hiding to finally lead the teen age Luke back out into space to fulfill his destiny.
In between, we have been left to wonder how Obi-Wan became Ben and what life was like for him. This book gives us, at last, the first part of the answer. Set in the months following the end of Episode III, John Jackson Miller takes us on a journey to see how Kenobi struggles to transform himself from the galactic hero to hidden away hermit. The change is not a smooth one for a man used to throwing himself into the action and coming to the rescue of those in need.
The book has been, I think fairly, been called more of a Western rather than a true "Star Wars" novel. But, in truth, it must be what it is in order to successfully deliver Kenobi's story. Tatooine is a remote world where the events of the Republic/Empire are largely third hand tales and life is governed by the efforts to "farm" moisture from the dry desert air while the real threats come from the Hutt's who run the planet and the native Sand People who fight the settlers over it.
The story is largely successful and mostly convincing. Where the story does fall short is in the final acts. The action becomes excessively complicated and feels like something Lucas would throw together as a bunch of unnecessary "wiz-bang". The final disposition of Kenobi, while it ends as it does because continuity requires it, doesn't really get him there in a way I could quite buy into. To say more would spoil things. Overall, it is worth checking out, so I don't want to give too much away.
As is my custom, I consumed this as an audiobook. As has been the case of late, the audio production is superb, and Johnathan Davis, as I've come to expect, does an excellent job bringing these characters to life. He is especially convincing as Kenobi - an iconic voice well known thanks to Ewan MacGregor and James Arnold Taylor's portrayals in the movies and Clone Wars TV series. Davis picks up Kenobi's voice and mannerisms seemlessly and probably makes me give this story it's fourth star when I might have been inclined to just give it three.
I don't own the print version so I honestly wouldn't know.
The best parts were the parts with Ben in it. He's the reason people would buy this book and I was kind of disappointed that after the first chapter it took quite a long time until we saw him again.
His Obi-wan impression is spot on. His other voices were good too. I was bit worried that after Marc Thompson I would not be impressed by other voice actors but I was not disappointed.
There were some funny lines in the book and parts that made me a bit teary eyed. Extreme reactions no...
For a book called Kenobi he isn't in it that much. The other characters are interesting of in their own rights but well, I have a fever...and the only prescription is more Kenobi.
Probably not. They really didn't take any chances with this character at all. "Kenobi" plays it safe from page one to the very end.
Let's face it, Obi Wan is a character we've been dying to know more about. We want to see the story behind this guy but sad to say, this is not it. Rather, it just goes on and on about pointless Tuskan Raider filler and rather insignificant teenage hijinks of Anna-Leen's kids who I really couldn't give one hoot about. Kenobi is instead relegated to a B-plot, taking a backseat to characters we really don't care for at all.
If I read the book it might be easier to just flip through to get to the point. Unfortunately, there really is not one. We know no more about "Ben" than we did from the start.
Yes. Read something besides a Star Wars novel.
yeah, I would. it fills in the timeline right before the movie episode IV. I like it.
when obi-wan tells Annileen about Orrin's true demeanor (dont want to spoil it)
I dont have time to read, I listen in my car. So it makes the intake of the story possible, I guess.
I have no idea.
it's a good story, just takes awhile to build the plot.
Huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. Also like classic literature as well.
I would say what was the most enjoyable was the fact that the book did not turn out the way I expected. I expected a focus on Obi Wan and baby Luke. The was not the case with the book and it defiently worked.
I would actually best compare the book to the old western films more than anything else. It is defiently a western with Obi Wan being the mysterious outsider, the dominating presence of a rich land owner, and your town in need of a hero.
He gave each character a very distinct and entertaining voice. This helped me to stay engrossed in the story. The portrayal of Obi Wan Kenobi was excellent as well. It definetly reminded me of the movies.
The moments where the book focused on Obi Wan's self reflections about the envents of the prequel trilogy and the fall of Anakin. It was nice to see thing from Obi Wan's point of view.
I would reccomend this book for anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and those who enjoy westerns.
I've read and/or listened to the majority of Star Wars books, and quite honestly, this is not one of the better ones. I was excited to read it after first hearing of it but, while the performance work was OK/Good (say B / B-), the story left much to be desired. It dragged on and was not as exciting as some of the other books.
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.
Didn't read the printed version.
Hard to stay, I liked it a lot but loved reading about how he got his home and learned about sand people along with watching Luke.
Adventure arises out of the ashes of deception and love as one Jedi prepares himself for his final resting place as a Jedi.
Yes, I would say the top 5. Probably one of the most well written star wars books I have encountered. I hope this is the start of the series.
Well, Ben of course. This book, unlike many other star wars books, follows the fool proof strategy of a humble brave hero. I'm not terribly interested in exploring dark side Sith in many of the other star wars books.
Hope there are more books in this series!