Master and Apprentice (Star Wars)

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Series: Star Wars
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray, read by Jonathan Davis.

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council - knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Aveross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the Royal Court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested - just as a threat surfaces which will demand that Master and Apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.

©2019 Claudia Gray (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Not the best

No where near the quality of the Darth Bane trilogy and Plagueis. Just an okay book without too much mystery.

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Gray Delivers another Epic Tale

Claudia Gray has carved her mark into the Star Wars Expanded Universe, both with the previous now ‘Legacy’ Universe that has been put aside by Disney, in favour of the new timeline and movies, but she has continued to move along with the times (THANKFULLY!!!) into the new Universe as well.
Gray has already taken the dive into the new timeline with the very successful and positively reviewed ‘Bloodlines’ that was a literary prequel to ‘The Force Awakens’.
In this book, she takes us back to well before any of the movies, back when Kenobi was just a teenager and still a Padawan of Qui-Gon Jinn. Whilst at first this might seem an odd choice, once you get into the story, Star Wars fans will find it an utterly fascinating read, full of all sorts of insightful, interesting and riveting information.
Gray takes us back to a time when Qui-Gon had just started up his obsession with the old texts and prophecies again, and due to several events that had occurred in his past (that we learn about in the story due to tales told by Dooku as well as another main character, a rather unusual Jedi, Rael Averross), and events that are occurring on their current mission, again with this Rael Averross, we get to learn a lot about the old prophecies.
And it is in this book, that we finally get to read (hear), the full prophecy that relates to Anakin, something that has only been previously hinted at, or given vague reference to. This is a major bonus for any keen Star Wars Fan, as are several of the other prophecies as they do actually tie in (some of them) with bits of the Clone Wars series, and some sites have even mentioned that aspects of the prophecies mentioned could relate to the last series ‘Rebels’ and Ezra.
The main story relates to Qui-Gon and Obi-wan being tasked with heading to a planet to assist Jedi Averross in the signing of a treaty for a new hyperspace route, as Averross has been acting as Regent for the Planet until the young girl, whose parents where killed, comes of age to take her place as Queen. Averross was chosen for the role after he lost his own Padawan, vowing never to take another, and this was seen as an opportunity for him to use his valuable skills to raise someone in dire need of protection and counsel.
However, all is not as it seems, as there is a complex Political scenario on the planet, with a major Mega-Corporation being heavily involved in the operation of industry on the planet, but also being involved in what amounts to legal slavery through a loop hole in laws. Whilst Qui-Gon wants to stop the contract, to do so would mean the end of the Hyperspace laneway, and helping billions upon billions of lives, damaging trade, other whole planets going to financial ruin through the lack of trade/financial support.
What ensues is a very intricate and multifaceted Political scenario, that not only has ties to the future of the Galaxy and billions of lives, but it also affects directly the individuals involved that are signing the contract, making the entire scenario incredibly interesting to say the least.
This is not just another Star War story of a Political tale playing out on Planet, this is a tale that potentially affects Billions, but it is also a tale that has significant impact on the prophecies of the Jedi Order, on Qui-Gon Jinn and his Legacy within the Force, and even more importantly, it defines Kenobi’s Legacy within the Force.
For Star Wars fans, this is another must read by Gray, who continues to provide epic tales in the Star Wars Universe that are not only captivating, but true masterpieces.
Jonathon Davis does a wonderful job with the Narration, providing a clear and concise narration, a wide range of voices of both genders and aliens (which is not so easy to do). Not only does he provide a wonderful Narration of the story, but Davis as with most of those that Narrate Star Wars stories, really lives the story, allowing us to be with the characters as they go through the story, feeling what they feel, the highs and lows. Davis really brings the story to life, giving it some extra depth, not just narrating it for us. This is an excellent piece of Narration, and it is actually better to listen to this in audiobook form than it is to read it. Well worth getting the Audiobook.

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This was as good as Asohka’s story... no, it was better.

Such a satisfaction to finally get to see Qui-gon again. It felt like reuniting with an old friend after twenty years appart.

But, mostly, it felt like STAR WARS.

Great story and storytelling, very good use of flash backs, a lot of action and emotion.

And, as usual, an immersive interpretation by Mr Davis!!!

I loved it!!!

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  • Luke W.
  • 08-14-19

Fantastic, character focused story

Master and Apprentice is a fantastic story that gives us a deeper look at Obi-wan and Qui-Gons relationship. Once again, excellently narrated by Jonathan Davis, and written by Claudia Gray. The book also introduces two of the most interesting new characters to the Star Wars canon, the grizzled cowboy-like jedi Rael Aveross, and the lovably pompous Pax Maripher. A deeper look at both those characters would be welcome. The best prequel-era Star Wars book in the new canon.

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  • Arry
  • 04-23-19

Recommend

I found it hard going at first but soon got hooked good story line and a small look at how gui gon jinn was trained was a nice touch Jonathan Davis did a good job as usual he's obi wan and gui gon was very good overall a good entry into the star wars novels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

loved it once the story started to really pick up

Loved it once the story started to really pick up on Pyjaal and so on

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  • Grant
  • 02-21-20

A good star wars story

This being the 1st star wars book I've read ever I wanted somthing that took me back to thoes phantom menice days... This does that it lacks maybe a few other settings and the story isn't the most exciting in star wars... But if your looking for somthing that sets the scene ready to re enter the star wars world then this books for you

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  • Dan Jones
  • 02-14-20

Great elaboration on Star Wars Canon

Story was good with nice development of existing characters and relationships.

Performance was fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-20

Great for any fan

Well read by narrator and perfect for a star wars fan. The ambient sounds are worked in well with key scenes and the narration is carried out with an energy that brings the book to life

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  • Wayne
  • 02-03-20

Feels like drags on too much

Was looking forward to this book with two of my favourite characters but if I'm honest it never gripped me. Just finished listening all three Darth Bane books and these were amazing and gripping, where this book feels a bit pedestrian.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-20

Immaculately written story!

What a treat this book is. My recommendation would be to first read ‘Dooku: Jedi Lost’ and then this, only because it very neatly slots together chronologically. Dooku: Jedi Lost details his training from Yoda, and Dooku’s training of Averross and Qui-gon. This book shows how Qui-gon is influenced by his former master’s teachings, both embracing and scrutinising it, and how he uses this to tutor Obi Wan. It is fascinating and enlightening to hear of the relationships between these masters and apprentices, to learn of different opinions on the nature of the force and the politics within the Jedi council. Above all else this book does a service to Qui-gon that the films didn’t have enough time for. It gives the character the iconic legacy of which he is so deserving.

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  • pauline marsh
  • 01-29-20

A masterpiece

A well written story by an author who cares about true Star wars galaxy. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-20

Great Story

Really enjoyable finding out more about the early relationship of two Jedi favourites in a well written and read story.

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  • Craig Ward Forbes
  • 04-29-19

The Start is just fine...

They made the Jedi code from Knights of the Old Republic Canon, which is all kinds of right...another winner from Claudia Gray.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

A great star wars story

The book gives a better understanding of Qui-gon Jin, his motives and relationships with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dooku, and the Jedi council prior to a Phantom Menace.

I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys diving into George Lucas' universe.

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  • Colin Holmes
  • 12-13-19

Maybe the Best Star Wars Novel

Claudia Gray is the best author writing Star Wars novels. She is the only author that has been able to write new characters that don’t feel like distractions from characters we know from the movies. This was a great tale that added lots of interesting context for Obi Wan and Qui Gon.

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  • Gav
  • 10-09-19

A great insight into Qui Gon Jinn and Obi-wan

I loves the depth and layers the book provided into both these characters. A must read for all fans.

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  • Tim
  • 08-29-19

Great voice performance.

Good story pace. It could have been longer though the ending was a little abrupt. Character develop was ok, but did feel true starwars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

Loved it

Great characters and performances.

Really enjoyed it and would recommend

Claudia Gray is amazing and Jonathan Davis was a great narrator

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  • James
  • 06-05-19

Good story, tiresome performance.

Jonathan Davis has surely been brought on for his accurate portrayal of Liam Neeson's Qui Gon Jinn, though his diversity is extremely narrow. Most male characters sound like Liam Neeson putting on an accent. It's quite difficult to define which character is which at times. Yoda is exceptionally awkward to listen to. Hoping any if his future readings don't include QGJ as a character, this will hopefully improve the listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-19

Fantastic

A must for any Star Wars fans. I thought that this was not just a great Star Wars book, but an excellent sci fi book in general. Highly recommend

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  • Nick Moodie
  • 05-12-19

A story about Jinn

The narrator's British accent as a bit of flop, but he nailed Pax!
The story itself frustrated me for the longest time, as Jinn has always been one of my favourite star wars characters, and this portrayed a flawed side - especially with his relationship with Kenobi. But by the end, it was satisfingly conclusive.

It also felt more like a focus primarily on Qui Gon and his back ground, rather than his relationship with Kenobi. Once I understood and accepted this, I was able to enjoy it more. But as the title suggests, I was not expecting this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-19

Bad start

Within the first two minutes the author got the Jedi code wrong surely it can’t get worse right?

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