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 was pretty good. It was kind of cool to hear a story about a beloved character during a period between the movies. The biggest problem with this book is that it's no longer canon. When Disney acquired the Star Wars titles, they made large portions of the books non-canon, and this was one of the casualties. Unfortunate, because it was a cool story.
I loved it from start to finish, absolutely loved it, and the narrator was amazing! and whoever does the voice of ObiWan sounds just like Ewan McGregor!!! pretty freaking awesome!!!!
Jonathan Davis is a marvellous narrator and his story telling style is captivating and keep you listening! One of my favorites for sure!
Fantastic! The story is great and the narrator super talented; he does Ben's voice perfectly, and it's easy to forget that one man is doing all these voices, even the women! A great story for anyone who is interested in more about Obi-Wan or Star Wars in general, with some compelling twists and really solid character development. Definitely recommend. ^^
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was easy to imagine the Tatooine landscape and feel like I was immersed in the scene. The character portrayals by the narrator allowed me to more quickly relate to them and identify subtleties in the dialogue. I listened to this book over a long drive and while I remember pointing my car to go from here to there and back again, I scarcely recall the details of my journey. Very engaging.
First off, the title is misleading. This book is not solely focused on kenobi, he is actually more of a minor character. But the story and narration is very entertaining and are far from being dull like other Star Wars books. The writing and character dialogue seemed almost perfect for a movie. I was expecting something more focused on Obi Wan and his life up to a new hope, but the narration made up for it by really painting a picture and keeping things exciting. I would recommend this to people even though it's not canon, it's a great listen and a fun story. 4/5 stars
The story takes a mysterious Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and fleshes him out, giving him more humanity than we are accustomed to seeing in him. I have often wondered how he could possibly have lived on Tatooine without rendering the types of service he was accustomed to as a Jedi Knight. This story answers that question. It is a wonderful story, presented in a captivating way. Thank you very much!
when he does kanobi's voice it sounds very close to him from the movie and really makes me happy. the story its self is rather good. I love this story. to the point where I have listened to it I can't even count how many times.
I would listen to this story again and again. Obi Wan Kenobi and his story is legendary. This story delves deep into the isolation and sadness that the man is feeling after everyone and everything he knew has been lost. Upon reading other reviews, I have to shake my head. I don't think many have taken the time to grasp that as a Jedi Master in hiding, Kenobi isn't about a lightsaber wielding defender of the Republic. This is about a hero in hiding while trying to find normalcy and solace.
Kenobi versus the Krayt Dragon
Obi Wan Kenobi. Listening to this story it is easy to visualize and blend the hero portrayed by Ewan McGregor and the voice over from The Clone Wars
The ending: Not only the fate of the villain, but the meditation of Kenobi. This part captured his true loneliness, but also his contentment.
Enjoy this book, but come into it without looking for the lightsaber clash and the space battles. Open your mind to the story of a "samurai" in exile who knows that his exposure could cost more than his life, but the life of the one he has sworn to protect.
"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.
"Slow in places, but picks up the pace"
Yes. Get past the dull hick stuff at the start, then it enthrals. Fantastic background sound effects, straight from the movies. Even Chewbacca's in there briefly!
The first few chapters about the social lives of the 'moisture farmers' in Ben Kenobi's area was pretty dull and hard going. But improved when the pace picked up. The sections about Kenobi and the tuskens were by far the best. Carried on the events after Episode III quite nicely.
Excellent. And Kenobi (McGregor's) accent was spot on.
More so as the book progressed.
Difficult brief for authors doing tie-in stories - you have to make sure you don't cross any 'canon' elements from the movies. Good job, overall.
Interesting plot set after the end of Episode 3, Kenobi has to figure out how to handle life not being a Jedi anymore, not a brilliant story but good because it is an original tale and probably tells you what a being an everyday Jedi is all about after war.
"wish it was more.. Star wars like"
At times it felt like a story of British colonisers in say, south Africa more than a star wars story.
Finished it, not because i wanted to, more because I had to see if it got better.
"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.
Obi wun at his best, I've always wanted to know what he was doing between episode 3 to 4.
loved it soooo much first audio book iv listen to and will be getting abother starwars one asap.
"Best Star Wars Book"
If you like Star Wars and Obi-Wan Kenobi then I can't recommend this book enough.
"great star wars story!"
Really well put together production, with great effects to accompany a solid Star Wars tale
It was great to finally hear about some of the things Ben got up to between the films
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