This is a solid continuation of the story.
It is slow moving, but that was to be expected based off the previous books in the series. Slow stories are a trade-off; in exchange for the time spent, a good writer will leave you immersed in the world described- and give you an attachment to the characters not easily paralleled in more fast paced novels.
Mr Weber achieves all that and more; leaving you surprisingly invested in the story and characters.
If you have the time to invest, I do not think you will be disappointed.
On to narration.
Jason Culp is disappointing as the storyteller. Taken singly, his performance in this book isn't terrible, but it is clear he did no preparation. Changing narrators mid-series is nearly always a bad idea, but his absolute refusal to pay attention to the accents ascribed to the characters by the previous narrator turned a bad situation far worse; leaving me often mistaking characters for each other.
Author tends to go into minute details and will often repeat the same details.
Narrator changed accents from previous books. In one instance he changed the gender of a character from how it was narrated in the previous two.
Boomer-type who loves science, especially physics and cosmology.
I really enjoyed Armageddon Reef and I think the characters, the world and its dilemmas that Weber has invented are compelling. The writing of novels 2 and 3 is not up to that of the first book, however. If the author mentions a character giving a "crooked smile" one more time, I'm going to scream. He must have used that phrase at least 100 times in this book alone. The new narrator's choice of voices is not up to the standards of the voices used by the narrator of the first two books. He obviously didn't listen to the first narrator at all. The story is still compelling, but the overall feel of this book is that Weber is sloppily cranking the rest of the series out.
Great Book, seamlessly continues the story . The story continues with the same quality, continuity, and cant put it down quality of the books before it in the series.