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
Obi won is one of my favorite characters in all of Star Wars and this book does him justice! It also touches on the history and culture of the sand people which I found extremely interesting. The narrator did an excellent job with the reading. Would recommend to anyone!
This is an amazing story. I loved going back to Tattoine and hearing a story I've always wanted to hear about Obi Wan Kenobi and his time watching over Luke.
Emotional, Suspenseful, Comedic
Being this book is mainly about "Ben" Kenobi, you would think he would be the obvious pick for favorite. However, I can say that Anileen was easily my favorite character. The entire book has many great and memorable characters in it, but Anileen is so down to Earth, she may be living on Tatooine in some cantina, but if you take away the "outer space" aspect of it she's really relatable, you feel her every frustration and all her strife making it impossible not to feel some connection with the character.
The final chapters were the best, it's difficult to say what my favorite scene was, most especially without there being spoilers. All I can say is the ending; or rather endings; are my favorite moments in the novel.
No, I mean, I could have! But I kept putting it off because I just didn't want it to end. So in short, no, I didn't want to listen in one sitting but that was for all positive reasons.
This books got a lil of everything. Suspense, action, comedy, romance, obviously sci-fi elements and the narration is done very well, when Jonathan Davis is speaking as Ben Kenobi, it's easy to forget that it isn't Ewan McGregor. It's cliché and nerdy but... the highest praise I can give this book is to simply say, the force is strong with this one!
I really enjoyed this telling of how Obi Wan became crazy old Ben. this really wasn't Ben's story though. The main character in this novel was Annie or "Plug Eye". Ben comes in and is a catalyst for change but we really don't learn a lot more about Ben than we already know. still it was a good space western. If Darth Bane deserved a trilogy, ObiWan surely deserved two volumes covering his life and times as a youngling, padawan, and knight.
This was a great story. Very different from what many of the Star Wars stories are like. This was a nice redemptive story and easily can be ranked up there as one of my top ten favorite star wars books, excluding the 1-6 series. I wish the end would have been a little different and Obiwan could leave Tattooin, but he has a responsibility. John Miller does an incredible job telling the story! I personally like the adventure stories that involve high travel, but this was still action filled an full of great plot twists! I would recommend this book.
I might recommend, if not to just get into the mind of Ben Kenobi a bit more in the aftermath of Episode 3. The overall story is not great, but there are a few nuggets in hearing Kenobi meditate/talk to Qui-gon as he struggles to cope with what has happened to the Jedi order and his failure with Anakin.
The overall story. It's just not that interesting and is very slow at times. It was VERY hard to get into the book until several chapters in and even later, you just didn't care that much about the characters or what was happening with them.
His performance was GREAT! Hard to imagine it wasn't Ewan McGregor reading for Kenobi! He nailed the character's voice!
Honestly, I'd have been happy to read or listen to the cliff notes.
Again, story not so great, but it gives you a few worth while nuggets about how Ben started his living on Tatooine and became that "crazy old hermit" in the dessert and what was going through his mind all the while. **SPOILERS: Yes, he does use his lightsaber a few times! And, just in case you're hoping to read this book and find out more about Luke Skywalker (or Leia), you won't really get anymore insight into what's going on with them. This story starts on Tatooine where Episode 3 leaves off and continues for only a short time afterwards (probably just days or a few weeks).
I've never read or listened to an EU Star Wars story and I'm thinking that this was a good one to start with. Loved the story and loved the narration. The only thing I could have done without was constant use of ambient sound. Especially when they were in the shop and the ambient sound seemed to have been recorded from a 99cents store.
That aside, it was a great story woven right into the fabric of the Star Wars movies.
First, Jonathan Davis does a very respectable Kenobi accent, and in general is very easy to listen to. Davis's command of inflection, accents, etc., made the story more engaging and a great listen. The greatest compliment I can pay here is that when I was listening, the "one man is doing all these characters, male and female" perception faded almost immediately and I just got pulled into the characters and their stories. And like other Star Wars books, sounds effects and music are used well, but not overdone.
Second, there are enough twists and turns in the story to keep it engaging. It's a well written story overall. In addition, John Jackson Miller does just the right amount of tie-ins to the movie plots and EU materials. I won't comment on specific parts so as not to spoil it, but the story is cut into parts, all with their own sub-arcs, but they all tie together and weave in and out from each other at times. Some things I expected would happen didn't as well, so it's not as predictable as you may expect from some Star Wars lore.
Regarding the story: I would say the unexpected twists and turns kept me coming back to listen whenever I could. And while the character development initially had me thinking that the story was a little slow, it soon made the book very engaging with a fair amount of depth for what is really just a fun diversion from reality. I find myself kind of hoping that there will be another Kenobi book following this one.
The one challenge I had with the story was that it starts off a bit slow with the character development and descriptions after some initial excitement in a cantina. I realize that is important for the remainder of the story, which overall was quite good. This comment is mainly for the person contemplating getting the audiobook. Be patient, let the storyline develop and you will be pleased with it overall.
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.
"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.
"an enchanting and enthrolling performance."
I enjoyed this story and performance very much. The way the performer used music and sounds to enhance the story was better than reading it from a book. However I still enjoy a book now too.
"Great story from start to finish!"
I really enjoyed this audiobook and thought it told a great story of Obi Wan struggling to settle in to his new life as a hermit to watch over the baby Luke Skywaker.
"very good boo!"
performance is incredible story was also brilliant worth the buy the narrator does a brilliant job of the alien voices
A nice story that focused on matters that aren't of galactic proportion.
None that I've personally read but I'm sure there are other non-starwars books similar in style.
I've listened to Jonathan Davis's performances for the Bane trilogy and this was just as good in my personal opinion, my favourite narrator so far.
When the hand of some well deserved justice got dealt.
A welcome change from the standard star wars books which usually focus on issues that concern either the whole galaxy, orders or star systems. Instead it was a book focusing on specific people and there rather insignificant life's as far as the galaxy is concerned, we get a book that focuses on the smaller things in the galaxies and yet in some cases was possibly more interesting to read/listen to.
Slow paced in first half and great crescendo for the finish. Overall a good listening experience where one often supports the Tusken Raiders at times
"3 books to read"
not read the print but audio book was great
to long for 1 sitting for me but keeps you wanting to read on
the newer star wars books are certainly a lot better produced than the old ones, in my opinion you need books narrated by jonathan davies or mark thompson (hope thats him forgot name).3 must readskenobihonor amongst thievesscoundrels
"well written and read. star wars is alive"
helps fill a star wars gap between episodes 3 and 4. enjoyed listening to it
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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