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.
My God do I hate ensemble casts. Just read the words can't you? The primary hard-core females both sound like 3 year old girls with attitude problems. It is so hard to listen to the story when the protagonist's voice makes you cringe whenever you hear her talk. What were they thinking? And I'm only on chapter 3. I'm still listening to it and maybe I'll come back and update this...if I can get over the ridiculous baby voices from the women.
Great story but the male narrator can't do female voices at all. They sound like Mrs Doubtfire and his closest drag sisters speaking. Every female voice sounds horrid. You're better off just reading the book.