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
I would have to say in the top 10.
It wasnt Kenobi going out to save the galaxy, just him dealing with normal everyday life.
I have liked all of Davis's preformaces. I don't the Star Wars world would be the same if he didnt do it.
I would absolutely recommend this book. It's a well written tale that walks a wonderful line between being a high noon-esque western and a really awesome Star Wars EU book.
I find myself reminded of "Darth Plagueis" and "Dark lord: The Rise of Darth Vader". "Kenobi" really does a brilliant job of exploring a single key character to the Star Wars mythology while also mixing in all the outside players perfectly. Which is a another key aspect of what I like about the other two books I mentioned.
I have. I've listened to "Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader"," Darth Bane: Path of Destruction", "Star Wars Episode III" and am about to listen to "Maul: Lockdown". And Kenobi is the best of them all. Davis seems the more relaxed in this audio than any of those others. He handles the "other" character brilliantly And as good as his Kenobi was in "Revenge of the Sith", he absolutely embraces the Ewan McGregor style "Kenobi" for this tale. And may I say the production and sound effects mix is the best since "Darth Plagueis". The chapter cut sound effect is especially cool.
"Now that's a name I haven't heard for a long time."
Great overall experience. Listening to this one book is what has not only gotten me back in the mood to listen to audiobooks but more importantly it has gotten me back into Star Wars and the EU-verse. Thank you, Audible. Thank you Random House Audio. Thank you, Mr. Lucas. Thank you too, Del Ray. Thanks for the good read.
Kenobi was a well paced story from start to finish, with elements of action and drama mixed nicely. We really get to dive deep into Obi-Won's soul, and learn more about his feeling towards Anakin, and the emotions he felt during and after Episode III.
Not so much a book, but a classic movie.....The Rifleman.
Jonathan Davis is the GO TO GUY to narrate Star Wars novels! He captures Obi-Won's voice and character to a tee, and he gives life to the assorted characters in the novel.
The ending for sure, after Obi-Won resolves the story's issues/conflicts, and grants himself a measure of forgivness for the actions of Episode II/III.
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.
This story easily takes the listener back to the original stories and characters. It's easy to see the scenes and backdrops and characters of the original Star Wars movies. The story was intriguing and really captured your attention.
Let me just start off by saying Jonathan Davis is one of the best narrators of Star Wars novels next to Mark Thompson. if you enjoyed him in Darth Bane trilogy then you'll love him as Kenobi. This story takes place shortly after the events of RotS. I never thought I'd actually care about the other Characters in the book but you end up absolutely loving them! a good read for any Star Wars fan
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!!!!
"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.
nice story of kenobis early days before a new hope. a good read for any star wars fan.
"A Jedi in exile..."
A stunning story and a very good performance!
This needs to be a Star Wars standalone feature movie.
"Excellent story amazing presentation."
An excellent story for fans performed by a master of voices. Would recommend for any Star Wars fan.
loved it, audible is. great way to read books. going to read more star wars
"More Obi-Wan! Less Tusken Raiders!"
I think that I would if I needed a Star Wars fix, however I really REALLY wish it focused more on character development and less random side plots about tusken raiders and local people who seem more like stereotypes because the author had not put time into them.
There is so much potential with this story... Obi-Wan alone, thinking Anakin is dead, he has lost the entire Jedi Order, his life is in pieces. But in this story we only get a few lines about this if we're lucky. I honestly would have loved an entire monologue from Obi-Wan rather than have this pushed aside for flashy action scenes.
Also awkward that Obi-Wan's love interest (which I think actually would have worked and been very interesting for this moment in his life) is called Ani..? What was the writer thinking? I mean, I get they wanted to bring up a reminder, but seemed a very odd way to do it.
I don't like it when Star Wars stories feel so constricted, there is plenty of room to be more in depth. But maybe there is a constraint that LucasFilm puts on the author? I don't know... this book could have been so much more!
Giving it 4 stars anyway, because I guess I can live with it. Any book that focuses on Obi-Wan is good enough for now.
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