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Kenobi: Star Wars | [John Jackson Miller]

Kenobi: Star Wars

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the galaxy. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything….Everything but hope.

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as "Ben," the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben - Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy's last hope - can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi - and the formidable power of the Force - in his never-ending fight for justice.

©2013 John Jackson Miller (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 09-05-13
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't keep me glued in."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    srec 06-17-14
    srec 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "good"
    Would you listen to Kenobi again? Why?

    because of the plot


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kenobi?

    when he takes luke to a bar fight


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he takes luke to a bar fight


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have a bad feeling about this


    Any additional comments?

    it was a good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald T White 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's not really about Obi-Wan"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book to a friend. The book is titled, KENOBI and he really isn't even the main character.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do not know, but this is a weird question when being asked to review a book.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davis just a great job on the voices and brings excitement to the story. I have listened to previous Star War books he narrated and he is great each time!


    Did Kenobi inspire you to do anything?

    No. There is nothing inspiring about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not waste your time on this book. Here is the story in one line: Obi-Wan lands on Tatooine and helps moisture farmers. The End. Oh and the majority of the time is spent with moisture farmers. There is nothing new offered to the character development of Obi-Wan or the overall Star Wars universe. Very disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy 03-05-14
    Jimmy 03-05-14
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    "Boring and terrible."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 01-09-14
    Mark Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada 01-09-14
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    "Misses a golden opportunity"
    Would you try another book from John Jackson Miller and/or Jonathan Davis?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about John Jackson Miller’s story?

    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.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did Kenobi inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Read something besides a Star Wars novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14
    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "it's good, takes awhile to build up the plot thoug"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yeah, I would. it fills in the timeline right before the movie episode IV. I like it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kenobi?

    when obi-wan tells Annileen about Orrin's true demeanor (dont want to spoil it)


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I dont have time to read, I listen in my car. So it makes the intake of the story possible, I guess.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    it's a good story, just takes awhile to build the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 12-31-13
    Jason United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best but still OK"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hubble PECULIAR, MO, United States 12-03-13
    Hubble PECULIAR, MO, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kenobi to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adventure arises out of the ashes of deception and love as one Jedi prepares himself for his final resting place as a Jedi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clay KINGSPORT, TN, United States 11-19-13
    Clay KINGSPORT, TN, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written star wars edition"
    Where does Kenobi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there are more books in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-04-13
    Michael ORLANDO, FL, United States 11-04-13
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    "The Way A Story Should Be Told"
    What made the experience of listening to Kenobi the most enjoyable?

    This is the first time I've listened to a Star Wars book. I was very surprised by the way the story was told with sound effects. I loved every minute of this production. Adding the sound effects enhanced the story for me. At one point, I had just arrived in the parking lot for work and turned my car off and kept listening to Kenobi. Thankfully, as the manager, I didn't have to explain why I was 15 minutes late.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obi-Wan Kenobi was my favorite character. Listening to his meditations with Qui-Gon Jinn let me see that Obi-Wan struggled with both his personal side and being a Jedi and protecting Luke Skywalker.


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

    I've never listened to Jonathan Davis before. Michael Kramer, narrator of 'The Wheel of Time' series was one of my favorites. But, I have to say the Jonathan Davis did an excellent job. And, without a doubt, his impression of Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi is spot on. When I first heard Obi-Wan, I thought for sure that Ewan McGregor was reprising his role as Kenobi. It's that good!.


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

    Towards the end, Orwin Gault finds himself captive of the Tuskens. The enemy that he has hated saved him, if for selfish reasons, and now he must live among the Tuskens. Didn't see that one coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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