The story is an excellent example of terrific writing that merges multiple subplots within a primary theme. Actually, it is what I have come to expect from David Weber. HOWEVER, the narrator significantly detracted from my enjoyment. The straight story narration is wonderful. The narrator has a melifluous style that is very enjoyable. BUT his voices are terrible for the males and totally horrid and unacceptable for the women.
David ...I can say I've never been disappointed with the Honor books. if you get the chance Get them all. Worth the credits
Jay... What to say about Jay...NEVER, NEVER, EVER try and do female voices again. This book would have been so much more enjoyable if a woman would have done the female parts. I almost gave up on it after about 10 min. Because of them. I finely was able to plow on by putting the speed up to 1.5. You do kinda get used to them (Ok... truth is your ears kind go numb) after the first part. Male voices where done well and I didn't catch to many wrong words. Listen to the sample (wish i would have) if you can't stand the narrators female voices Get the paperback.
the Story is very good, but Jay's presentation of the women characters left much to be desired. Space women for he most part would have to have feminine but strong tonal qualities. More like the person that des the Honor series.
Finding out what went on behind the Honor series. Getting more insite on Mesa and the plotting behind them.
Women weak sounding.
Mr Snyder has a pleasant voice when speaking for male characters but the falsetto he uses for the female character's parts is jarring and rather hoakey. It's interesting that when Allyson Johnson does male voices for the HH series male characters it's not so weird sounding. The Book is awesome but this audio version is hard to listen to.
Great Book in itself and good listen, didn't like Jay Snyder reading because he wasn't very good at doing the the female voice and in these series of books, you have more female voice parts than males, which is why i rated only a 4 instead of 5. this Book starts the Talbot Sector story and does a wonderful job of it as usual :) David Weber gets a 5 every time in my book.
I couldn't finish the book. I wouldn't have downloaded the book if I had heard the reader do a female voice first. he just breaks into a falsetto that sounds silly. I stopped before I heard him do Honor with that voice.
what a waste
Jay Snyder sounds like an sports announcer not a book narrator, his male voices are bad and his female voices are horrible enough to make me regret not just finding a TTS copy from the library of congress.
Anyone who can do female voices and not sound like a WWE sports broadcaster.
Stephen Briggs is my all time favorite narrator.
If Audible (or who ever) insists on "acting" these books instead of reading them they had darn better do it with more than one actor. You don't need dozens, just two good "voicers" would do the trick. The male portion was good, using the same "voicer" for the female characters was pathetic. Agree with a former reader that Audible needs to ask D.W. how he would prefer Manticoran be pronounced. (Man-ti-cor-an or as Audible seems to think Man-tic-or-an)
Four stars for David Weber. Zero stars for production.
Yes/No I love listening to David Webber's books, but not so much Jay Snyder.
Takes place in the Honor Harrington story time line.
The narrator shouldn't have tried to do female voices, even his the male voices irritated me.
You need to listen to a sample this book before you buy. Jay Snyder has that deep announcer voice. I keep thinking he's trying to sell me a used car. I kept waiting for him to say "In a world filled with bla bla bla......". He over annunciates and over acts the roles. I thought I could trudge through it until he started to do female voices. Ugh. I rather hear nails on a chalkboard. He doesn't have the range to try to do different voices. If he stuck to his own voice and didn't try to differentiate the characters I might have gotten over it. As it is, I tried my best to stick with the story hoping I could overcome the narrator. I got through an hour, but I just couldn't do anymore. It's a shame because it sounded as if it was a good story and would compliment the Harrington series. There were other audio books were the narrator would get on my nerves, usually you get used to it, especially if the storyline is good enough. This is the first book that I had to actually stop listening to because of the narrator. I just couldn't pay attention to the storyline with his voice grating me.