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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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    Dustin 12-27-14
    Dustin 12-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "first audio book. and I loved it!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 12-24-14
    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm the most boring person on the planet.

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    "Surprisingly satisfying..."
    Would you listen to Kenobi again? Why?

    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).


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

    I mostly did. I don't often take books out of my car (away from the daily commute), but I did this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 09-19-14
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 09-19-14 Member Since 2012

    There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)

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    "A very good book!"

    Not your usual star wars with space battles,it is true it is kind of a western story but i found it deep and well written.Jonathan Davis was really excellent,especially Ben Kenobi(sounded just like ewan mc gregor). A bit slow at the beginning but worth the listen. I especially liked the meditations and the spectacular battle scene at the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald T White 05-14-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    spyros 03-22-14
    spyros 03-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "average Star Wars book but as always great"
    What did you like best about Kenobi? What did you like least?

    Best was that it was Star Wars least it was just average


    If you’ve listened to books by John Jackson Miller before, how does this one compare?

    Same


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

    Davis is the man


    Do you think Kenobi needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes as many Star Wars books as possible


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a credit

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Racine, WI, United States 01-04-14
    Anthony Racine, WI, United States 01-04-14

    Huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. Also like classic literature as well.

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    "Star Wars Meets Spaghetti Western"
    What made the experience of listening to Kenobi the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would reccomend this book for anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and those who enjoy westerns.

    1 of 1 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 2015
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    reball01 11-04-13
    reball01 11-04-13

    I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.

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    "Solid Story - Poor Production!"

    You can read critiques of the story elsewhere. I'm on Audible so I confine my remarks to the performance and production. Jonathan Davis is just fine for reading this book (and probably others). I enjoyed his reading and pace. Well done, Jon!

    Unfortunately, it's only Jon who gets the three stars. Random House Audio has taken it upon themselves to insist on using sound effects for this book. Unfortunately, their effort is half-hearted at best. They are using sound effects from the Star Wars audio library to bolster each scene for background or ambience.

    Movie fans will instantly recognize what they hear but listeners such as myself quickly perceive the distractions of such sounds and the occasional havoc they play on my car audio system! I found the sound effects entirely unnecessary and the musical interludes, also from the Star Wars library, sometimes misfired.

    In short, I would VERY MUCH like the option to simply hear the book WITHOUT the background noises. I don't need it.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Landon Crowley, Tx, United States 10-23-13
    Landon Crowley, Tx, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.

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    "I tried, I really did."
    What disappointed you about Kenobi?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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