I love the Honor Harrington series, and I downloaded this book thinking I would love it too.. I just can't stand the reading of it... Jay Synder's female voices drove me crazy... In the Harrington series Allyson Johnson read the series, and although I had to get use to her male voices, it was do able I could listen to the whole book. I'll try to listen to it again sometime down the road...
This is the only Audible book I have been disappointed with. This book isn't read by Jay Snyder, as advertised, it's read by Kevin Someone, whose voice I find much too affected-- it is too enunciated, careful, and dramatic, and doesn't seem natural. He sounds like he's reading for a car commercial. The women's voices are in cheesy falsetto.
His voice is so distracting from the story that I couldn't finish more than 45 minutes of the book. I have never read any Honor Harrington books before and so can't comment on the plotline, but the style of reading never let me escape into the story. In my opinion, a wasted credit!
Great series, but I've associated the characters with the voices Allyson has given them. The shift to a male voice imitating Honor was just too harsh. I couldn't get two hours in, no matter how I tried.
This isn't just great military SciFi, it is great military SciFi that has the weight of tradition and woven into its woof and weave. After reading this one can only say that the tradition lives.
I was used to listening to Ms. Johnson doing Honor stories. this narrator ruined for me the first time he did a female voice. I never got passed the first few minuets. I would gladly buy this title again if you got Ms. Johnson to read it.
I've actually read this before, but I can't listen to this any more! This is the first time a narrator has forced me to stop listening - after listening to probably two hundred audio books.
The narrator's female voices are atrocious - his falsetto makes them all sound like the old women that the Monty Python boys used to portray.
Apart from that, it's a good story and a good performance.
Please Jay Snyder, try a different approach to female voices in future.
A too long story with too many players diluting the character dev that is aretelling event already passed by the main storyline yields a skipable book.
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
As much as I love David Weber's World, I have to say that although Jay Snyder does a great job with the male voices, I liken his female voices to The Brothers Gibb when they struggled into tight pants and re-named them selves The Bee Gee's! I'm sorry Jay but, you can't use a falsetto on all the female voices and get away with it. Your female voices made me flinch every time I heard one.