We have two copies of John Jackson Miller’s novel Kenobi to give away to our loyal listeners. All you have to do is reply to this post on our web site with the following information:

Who is your favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi, and why? Leave your answer in 150 words or less, and two lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive a free copy of John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi. Be sure to leave your full name and email, so that we can contact the winner. No comments on Facebook or Twitter will be accepted; they must be a reply on this post via our website!

Note: The contest ended Sunday, August 25th at 5:00 p.m. Congratulations to our winners Garr Van Orden and Joe Taylor!


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  1. Tim
    August 20, 2013 at 23:11

    One of the things that I loved as a kid was that Star Wars was like the Adventures of Robin Hood or Tales of King Arthur but in a science fiction world. You had Darth Vader as a Black Knight , Luke Skywalker as a young King Arthur, Han Solo as a Robin Hood type rogue, a Princess, R2D2 & C3PO as jesters, and the Death Star in the role of a menacing dragon. The movie gave us swashbuckling with light sabers, monsters in tusken raiders and magic in the force. Of course you can’t have a knightly tale without a WIZARD and Sir Alec Guinness fit the role perfectly. He played Obi-Wan with an air of mystery and a sense of chivalry that helped make this fantasy magical. So my favorite Kenobi is the original one – Alec Guinness

  2. Joe Taylor
    August 20, 2013 at 23:58

    My favorite Kenobi is the younger version, played my Ewan McGregor. I like the younger version because you got to see him grow from an anxious and eager Padawan to a wise and patient Jedi Master. I enjoyed watching McGregor’s portrayal of a man who has to overcome the loss of his Master and being thrust into the job of training a boy who, although strong in the Force, should never have been trained in the first place. Fast forward 10 years and Kenobi has now built a friendship with this, now, young man who has grown even stronger in the Force, but is beginning to develop characteristics that would eventually lead to his downfall. Finally, you see Obi-Wan and Anakin are now like brothers, who seem inseparable and powerful as a team, but eventually have to fight to the death. McGregor plays the parts brilliantly.

  3. Aaron Harris
    August 21, 2013 at 04:31

    My favorite Obi-Wan was Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith. You can see how much he grew through the movie, from his opening jesting with Anakin after crashing the Separatist ship, to the harsh realization that Anakin had fallen in the end. The rainbow of emotion and change that occurred in just that short amount of time would have destroyed most men. McGregor’s performance of the character in that movie to brings Obi-wan closer to the character we saw Sir Alec Guinness perform in A New Hope.

  4. Nancy Kindraka
    August 21, 2013 at 13:03

    My favorite Obi-Wan will always be Sir Alec Guinness. His quiet dignity was the center around which all the action and shiny special effects happened. He was a huge reason why A New Hope worked so well. Nothing about this character says strength until the brawl in the Mos Eisley cantina when he takes out Ponda Baba and stares everyone else down. Like Luke, you’re left looking at Obi-Wan with awe. After that the strength and courage fade back to quiet dignity…and then comes the duel with Vader. Obi-Wan doesn’t do a whole lot or say a whole lot but Guinness gives us a complex character. And besides, I just love the “not the droids you’re looking for” scene and the sly look on his face.

  5. geoffrey stafford
    August 21, 2013 at 15:22

    My favorite Obi-Wan was Ewan McGregor because he showed you what obi-wan who he really is what he becomes and hows he grows into that old man we see in ep 4 and it makes you end up knowing more about the man Sir Alec Guinness played

  6. Christopher Matthews
    August 21, 2013 at 15:38

    I liked the younger Kenobi, played by Ewan MacGregor. He brought wit and cynicism and action to the character.

  7. Melissa Hamilton
    August 21, 2013 at 16:16

    Ewan McGregor. It started out fairly superficial (with a teenage crush developing about three seconds after he came onscreen), but that crush led to a lot more digging into the fandom…where I’ve settled in quite comfortably now, and fallen in love with the character as a whole, over the entire arc of his lifetime (and, technically, afterlife). Cannot wait for this book to fill in another gap in his history. 🙂

  8. Doug Zeliff
    August 21, 2013 at 16:28

    My favorite Obi Wan is Sir Alec Guiness since I stood in line many time to see the very first Star Wars in 1977. He was the first to introduce the world to the ways of the force.

  9. Craig Dickinson
    August 21, 2013 at 19:42

    For the longest time, the only incarnation of Obi-Wan was the one brought to life by Sir Alec Guinness. What Ewan McGregor did to not only work within the framework of Guinness’ performance but also carve out his own niche was remarkable. Somehow he took a 20+ year legacy and redefined it while keeping it consistent. As I watch the OT, I now see McGregor’s performance illustrating Guinness’ references to the past and being the primary reason the “old fossil” is completely unimpressed by Han Solo. For this reason, McGregor’s version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is my favorite.

  10. Craig Dickinson
    August 21, 2013 at 19:47

    What Ewan McGregor did to redefine who Obi-Wan Kenobi was while working within the framework of Sir Alec Guinness’ performance was nothing short of extraordinary. He is my favorite Obi-Wan, and as I watch the OT, the reason why the character is so unimpressed by Han Solo.

  11. Trista Golike
    August 21, 2013 at 21:38

    My favorite Obi Wan Kenobi is James Arnold Taylor because he strikes a good character balance. In the book I’m currently reading, I hear his voice come through in the words written.

  12. Rebecca Benjamin
    August 22, 2013 at 00:24

    “Obi-Wan Kenobi: Master Jedi by day, secret healer by night. Mysterious, elusive, a shadow who- ” Star Wars, The Clone Wars, Gambit Seige by Karen Miller.

    The line above is said by none other than, Anakin Skywalker in reference to his former Master. As always, the playful banter between them in the novels replicates the movies beautifully.

    My favorite “Obi-Wan” and why? Now that is a difficult question. Harder to answer too.

    Well, being that I am from the OT era, one would think that, Sir Guiness would be the obvious choice. Although, we don’t really see the true nature if this character portrayed until the PT or the animated, Clone Wars. Ewan McGregor adds so much finess to the character that we don’t get in the first 3 movies.

    Obi-Wan is such a beloved character to the Saga and probably one of, if not the most profound, pure hearted, and patient Jedi of that era.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck to all!

    Rebecca Benjamin

  13. Wuher
    August 22, 2013 at 01:35

    “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” -Sir Alec Guinness. Sir Alec Guinness is by far my favourite, an inspiring, intelligent, and successful actor.

  14. Melinda Wolf
    August 24, 2013 at 21:45

    It really has to do with perspective. If I was 20 years old, I’d probably say my favorite Kenobi is Ewan McGregor. Don’t get me wrong. I think the Scotsman did an excellent job portraying the young Obi-wan. But here I am, in my mid-50s, and I see life with (I hope!) a bit more experience, am (I hope!) a bit wiser. Sir Alec’s Obi-wan showed a bit of wear and tear … but that didn’t stop him from doing what had to be done. That is why he is my favorite Kenobi. 🙂
    Good Luck To All!
    (less than 150 words. Amazing! lol)

  15. Garr Van Orden
    August 25, 2013 at 00:45

    James Arnold Taylor is my favorite Obi-Wan because he’s portrayed OB1 for more screen hours than the others, he’s a bigger Star Wars fan than the others, and he’s the nicest guy in the world.

  16. Kathy Griffee
    August 25, 2013 at 18:20

    My favorite Obi-Wan is the younger one, not only because Ewan McGregor is a consummate actor, but because we get to see the transition from Padawan to Jedi Master, and the angst of training his own Padawan.

  17. Josh Luz
    August 25, 2013 at 21:19

    Alec Guinness. He’s the classic, the one who started it all. He brought the aspects we would always associate with the character, aspects which Ewan McGregor and James Arnold Taylor built on so well. There was the gentle mentor, the quiet sometimes dry humor, the occasional regret. I know Guinness later disliked the film, but it never felt like he was phoning it in in the performance. Ben was what we all learned a Jedi should be and Guinness established the baseline for that and began one of the most iconic and popular fictional characters.

  18. Rich Elam
    August 25, 2013 at 21:25

    My favorite Obi-Wan is obviously the first Obi-Wan. Alec Guinness. He brought Obi-Wan to life. Also my cat is named Obi-Wan. I am patiently waiting on my book. Thank you.

  19. Marie Cannon
    August 27, 2013 at 06:23

    I love Obi-Wan, in all his glory, in all his versions. When I heard, “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark time, before the Empire.” I was hooked on Jedi. Hooked on Star Wars. From 1977 to now, I love you Obi-Wan.

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