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
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Awesome, MORE PLEASE.
This book is in a league of its own.
Probably the part where he stops the Dew back from killing its rider
It would be ok but it was to long I did listen twice though.
This book is so awesome I didnt want it ti end.
Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.
There is so little going on, just a mystery man and a crush. I love Star Wars books but this plays around with so few topics far too often; it is quickly exhausting. Trying to turn Ben Kenobi into a mystery man could work, I guess, but it didn't here. A reader like myself knows plenty about Kenobi and putting myself in the shoes of the citizens didn't help.
The only parts I enjoyed was the inner workings of the sand people, but that went only bandage deep. There were few cultural practices for us to find out about. I was really hoping to dive into the sand people. Even a sand people specific book would be interesting. While I did find out some cool things, the moment it came back to the citizens and conversations the book became tiring again.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an action packed, light-saber dueling, and force powerful adventure story. Its a crush, a mystery man (though we know plenty about him), and marauders...you can see where this book is going with in the first hour.
I was glad to see a book like this written. There is so little knowledge about Obi-Wan's life on Tatooine before we see him. It was great to read about his adventures and how he was forced to reveal himself as a Jedi in order to protect life. It would be cool if there were other stories told of Ben's adventures because twenty years is a long time to wait for a child to grow. It would be interesting to know if Luke and Ben ever met in passing or if Luke saw him talking to Uncle Owen.
I liked the personality that he embedded in each character. His Kenobi made Ben sound like the general from the Clone Wars that had lived a long life despite his relative youth. He seemed closer to the aged wizard that we are introduced to in Star Wars: A New Hope.
I liked how there were subtle nods to previously known characters, like Jabba the Hutt or situations, such as what Anakin Skywalker did in Attack of the Clones when he murdered the Sand People.
I love and hate Star Wars books and am the biggest critic of the SW genre you'll come across. I was initially looking forward to "Kenobi" because Miller hasn't written much SW and I was eager to see what he could do; so many of the other SW writers have turned out to be huge disappointments. Then I found out Kenobi's not in much of the book so I just took it off my wishlist in disgust.
For some reason I changed my mind and I'm glad I did. It's true, Kenobi's not in this book much and that's strange for a book titled "Kenobi." But the writing is very, very good. It flows easily and the dialogue's great -- not like most Star Wars books. It feels like a western. It's very Star Wars. The Sandpeople get fleshed out and I thought that'd be boring, but it wasn't. An outstanding effort. John Jackson Miller, Paul Kemp, Karen Traviss. You can't go wrong with those SW authors if you're looking for deeper stories than those put out by the usual SW stable of writers. I'll definitely be looking for more of Miller's work in the future.
Ehhhhhhh....... After this one I'm not sure
He paints a great picture of how isolated Kenobi is, but the story is a real drag and doesn't really go where you expect it to. DULL DULL DULL
Has Kenobi down pat. Other voices are so so.....
Please god no!
If you're interested in sharing Kenobi's pain and burden this is the book for you. It lacks the speed and depth of other Star Wars books. The story makes sense, but wow was it dull! I kept waiting for it to pick up and it never delivered. Painful is a goo word to desccribe my listening experience.
Just a really great listen and great story. Really nice to see Kenobi's story continued definitely one of the better Star Wars characters
This is not a tale worth telling.
Nothing of any note happens in this book.
Ben Kenobi vs. Krayt Dragon
Not really. Aside from the rare lightsaber in the dark coming out.
Waste of a book credit.
Set in the time Kenobi was watching the young Luke on Tatooine. Meet characters we have only glimpsed in the past. Really enjoyed the book and Marc Thompson always does a great job with SW audio books but his Kenobi is perfect. Don;t miss this story.
"Well Written and Read..."
Outstandingly written and read - draws you in. Great story
Meditation... very lighthearted moment ;)
I could have done, but it made perfect listening going to and from work, Made the journey home in the rain fly by.
"Not a good example."
I suspect John Jackson Miller is a new author so I wouldn't prejudge him. As time goes by and he releases material it is very likely that he'll improve; especially if he listens to his readers. I enjoyed Jonathan's performance of the material and the extra sound effects... but the book itself was a disappointment.
Being a Jedi is a hook. It was my reason for buying the book. I always wondered what old Ben Kenobi had done out there in the wilderness for all those years. I wanted to understand more of what being a Jedi did to your character and thought processes. What did he think of his failure to bring Anakin around? How much did he understand about Palpatine's influence and Anakin's insecurities? How stoic was he? How deep did the stoicism go in his Jedi training? How resourceful would that make him emotionally? How far did his amiable nature take him in dealing with others in a desert like Tatooine and maybe even a little backstory on Ben/Obi Wan the man. His parents.... friendships in the order, desires, dreams, regrets unrelated to the Anakin issue. I didn't get them. Also the characters John wrote were petty.... a shop keeper with a "bad" temper that wasn't really so bad. He didn't give her any feminine mystique at all. He barely even described her beside auburn hair tending toward brown as she got older. Was there ANY physical attribute that would attract a man to her? We didn't get any of the things that might have lured a romantic interest ... we also didn't get any clue to the wiles women might use (or advice she might have taken) or their rationalisations for using them to attract a man like Ben. The bad guy was an utter disappointment. I won't go into detail because he was just WRONG and any editor or regular reader would know why. The action wasn't very good either. No understanding of combat was conveyed. The flourish of a lightsabre... the concerns of aiming a blaster, the differences of the Tuscan weapons.... just basic mistakes that John should have had pointed out to him. The appearance of the Crate Dragon was so laughable I really couldn't believe he went there. And SO badly. On the whole I don't imagine that John understands the benefits of Jedi training and as such couldn't convey a convincing Kenobi character.
It is unfortunate but there are too many things wrong with the story to list. The botched intimidation by Jabba's guys in Mos Eisley, the failure to make any headway into why Annie's kids were so attention seeking or any true conversations between her & them addressing the issue. The predictable but absent scene where Annie's daughter offers herself to Ben. The conversation between Ben and Annie's son... that also should have appeared but didn't. Any physical descriptions of ANY women in this story.
He could benefit from good advice on what to concentrate on in any future work.
Good narration is like a working raincoat. You only notice it if it doesn't work or works far better than you expected. Joe Abercrombie had a Narrator on The First Law series that added to his work immeasurably. Jonathan Davis did a good job. I cannot fault him. .
I'm glad someone wrote about Ben's adventures. I'm hoping someone does it well. I always meant to find time to read some of the Star Wars books... I'm just sad that this was my first experience of it.
Redeeming qualities? John isn't a terrible writer. The book isn't terrible. I wasn't good though. No I can't think of a redeeming quality because it was bland, unimaginative and a waste of my time.
I'm sad that Authors are not given more support. This is the publishers failure as much as the authors. There ought to be more advice and suggestion to allow a better product. It didn't need to be this bad.
Everyone who loves Star Wars has often wondered what Obi Wan's first months on Tatooine would have been like. This may be the answer. Reminiscent of a classic western, where the drifter appears to save the day.
Probably the moment towards the end, where he is left standing in his doorway, in the shadows.
Probably the moment towards the end, where he is left standing in his doorway, in the shadows.
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