• Star Wars: Brotherhood

  • By: Mike Chen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,318 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights in a high-stakes adventure set just after the events of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

The Clone Wars have begun. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the peace guarded by the Jedi Order is slipping through their fingers. 

After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy—and senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet.

Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone—and his former master’s insistence that he listen this time—Anakin’s headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling.

Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal—but uncertain—footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together—and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face they must grow beyond master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.

©2022 Ballantine (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Not like they used to be.

Jonathan Davis does a great job at narrating, but there's only so much you can do with a terrible narrative. Star Wars books used to be about expanding Lucas' mythos show us amazing worlds and people, now it feels like we are only shown the author's political views. Whether it's introducing us to a Cato Namoedan spec ops or a transgender clone trooper. The parts on this book that focused on Obi-Wan and Anakin were very enjoyable, but the pace kept getting broken up by these unnecessary side characters and plot.

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An Amateurish Attempt

I'm an avid (and often reluctant) consumer of Star Wars media, and I have been for my entire life. I've watched the franchise drastically decline in quality over the last several years, especially since its acquisition by the House of Mouse. Brotherhood is symptomatic of that loosening of storytelling standards in favor of pushing a politically cohesive metanarrative. Whether or not I object to the political agenda they are trying to force, the way that author Mike Chen goes about it is exceptionally ham-fisted, and his style reaffirms that subtlety is a lost art. Getting past the bland, non-dimensional characters and the dull, lackluster plot, the childish view of the world, of war, of politics and of relationships, the clunky and cringe worthy dialogue- getting past all of that, the author just struggles to weave his personal political beliefs (or those sanctioned by our new Disney overlords) into the story without flat-out smothering us. Worse than that, Brotherhood robs elements of older media to re-tell the same events, but in a far worse and much more uninteresting way. The Knighting of Anakin Skywalker, done in the 2003 Clone Wars animated two-part movie, has been sucked dry of its gravity and emotional payoff. The "business on Cato Neimoidia", once brilliantly portrayed in the novel Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno, has been turned into a middle schooler's interpretation of a political thriller, just without the politics and without the thrill. The novel feels like an episode of the God-awful Dave Filoni Clone Wars series; as an adult, I'd hoped to escape the pathetic pandering of the television series into the world of adult novels, but I found myself stuck in an infinite loop of ineptitude. Maybe none of this is Mike Chen's fault. I've seen interviews with him, and he appears to be a nice guy who genuinely likes Star Wars. Maybe the sinister collapse of the Star Wars franchise is a carefully orchestrated affair, and Mike Chen finds himself just a small cog in this greater golem. I don't personally know. What I do know is that I struggled to endure Jonathan Davis' bathetic and histrionic reading of this tiresome novel. Many times I found myself wishing it would just be over already, and when I finally finished it, I felt relieved. It is a far cry from the novels of James Luceno, Timothy Zahn, Karen Traviss, Michael Reaves, Steve Perry, or Matthew Stover. I do not intend this review as a personal attack on Mike Chen; my dissatisfaction rests solely on the degradation and dumbing-down of Star Wars as whole in order to capture a broader audience. Sacrificing character and storytelling for a political agenda is single-handedly dissolving Western culture in general, and Star Wars in specific. I'm not saying exclude people of different ethnic backgrounds or sexual persuasions, or to abstain from politics. I'm saying the opposite. Commit to it, do it, and do it well. Half-assing the storytelling and character progression yields only mediocre stories that will not be remembered. I'm disappointed to have this novel in my Audible library, and I'm disappointed to have the hardcover on my shelf. Please do better.

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Brotherhood

This audiobook starts out a bit slow, and is definitely a novel of intrigue rather than action. This is one of the few books that feels like Star Wars. Like it forgot canon and Legends, and told a tale worth telling. Watching Anakin and Obi-Wan grow into the men we see later in the Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith is awesome. It’s perfectly handled. Asaaj Ventress oozes charisma in every scene. And the new characters are as interesting as our heroes!

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the heroic duo

wonderful book especially if you're a fan of Kenobi and Skywalker it gives great context to their relationship and Johnathan Davis again does a remarkable job with his voice acting highly recommend if your eagerly anticipating Kenobi show

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Fantastic and Inspiring

I found myself applauding at the end. This is a rich story, and while it may not be vital to the understanding of the core characters of the era, it’s very entertaining and insightful. I very much enjoyed it.

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Lackluster story

Wishy-washy, the basic fundamentals of Star Wars are there. It lacked the magic and feel of the genre. It was as if the story was forced or manufactured. It drug out and never really went anywhere.

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But disappointed

Having read almost all the Star Wars book I was really excited about this one and well if fills in a nice gap in the story line it just wasn’t exciting and seems a bit dull and slow well we all crave my adventures from obi and sky guy this just let me down

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A perfect addition to The Clone Wars

A perfect tie-in for The Clone Wars, showing the wars early days and it's effects on Jedi and others. Narration and sound design are excellent, as is the writing and dialogue.

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Beautiful

Initially I was not enthusiastic about this book and my expectation was low. But oh my gosh this was a great read. This have so many nuggets it is worth a second listen!

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I love Star Wars

It’s not really what I was expecting but I do love Star Wars. The story line was just a little slow, I didn’t feel like there was a lot of depth into Obi and Ani like there could have been. Having all the characters in it that there is was pretty cool. I’m not sure if I want to keep it yet I’ll maybe try it again I don’t know. Narration and sound affects usually always on point not counting one’s like the weird zombie book :(

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