Pennsylvania resident. Reader of mostly Science Fiction, some Fantasy, and a dash of History and other Non-Fiction.
I was reluctant to purchase this book for fear I really wasn't going to like this series at all. I was pleasantly surprised with it. The first book can be a little slow at times, but it was an overall good plot, and the books get increasingly better as the series progresses.
The story focuses on Kai, a young adult in her last year at her planets space academy. She has a run in with another student in the first few minutes and is forced to resign. As a member of a wealthy family that owns a vast interstellar shipping company, she is quickly given a Captains slot on a small, slow freighter. As the story unfolds, she begins a series of missions and jobs to make a much greater profit than her family expects, and to possibly save the ship from being scrapped at the end of her voyage. This includes being stuck in a system at war, and actually getting a chance to use some of her military training.
The first book, as I said, can be a little slow, but in the later books (when she starts getting weapons and faster ships) include full space battles and much more action.
Would definitely recommend this series, BUT, if you don't like the first book, listen to the second before you decide to drop the series altogether.
This is a great book and as I have read the whole series already I can say the same for the rest of the series.
The narrator had poor pronunciation, and over dramatized parts of the story. When it was not overly dramatic it lacked anything beyond a different inflection for various characters. If the narrator could overcome her poor pronunciation it would have been passable with the bland strait forward reading. Her pronunciation sticks out like a sore thumb and jars me out of the story.
Since I like this series of books so much I will probably still buy the rest of the series despite the same narrator being used throughout, but I must say it will be done grudgingly so.
I'm 52 and enjoy sifi, history, funny romance, fantasy type books. I give my views as to how a book is based on my emotions.
The series so far is good. I'm on book 3, towards the end as of this review and getting ready to get book4.
The reader is fine, to me she can change voice and pitch enough I know who's shes talking about. Story line is good, leaves you wondering what will happen next, least it does to me.
Over all, yes, I'd recommend the books.
yes, If friend likes space adventures and strong female lead.
the narrator was good. not great like some but good. she could of had more emotion in her voice and talked a little faster.
Yes because even though they don't read sci-fi I think the military aspect of the story would interest them.
When Ky shot one of the mutineers and realized that she liked it. It was one of those moments where you notice that you have an awesome character in the making and it makes you look forward to future stories.
She didn't do all the voices great but she definitely sounded like Ky to me.
Really, it's just a good book. There's a lot of detail in how a lot of the technology works. I'd like to see more of the societies and economies because they were mentioned in the book. An all around good sci-fi story.
This story is an interesting story purely from a developed fictional construct. The world and characters are well developed and very detailed, however, the writing in this story is somewhat dismal especially when read out loud. The most common example is "she said" and "he said" constantly with little variation. The author does not use tact to direct the reader an is instead blunt. This bluntness does not work with spoken word and so becomes annoying.
The narrator is decent enough, but suffers from lack of voice diversity. this is not too much of a problem except when dealing with deep voices which can sometimes sound broken.
I won't lie. I got this as part of an Audible sale... and I am awefully glad that I did. The Story gets off on the right foot and hits the ground running; with the hard-luck case main character being affable and endearing.
Elizabeth Moon loves Murphy's law. The Main character doesn't. Moon paint's an "Eve" (video game MMO) like galaxy with a lush cultural and economic backdrop. The story never becomes tedious or boring. I loved it and have recommended it to several people, and now I put fingers to keys and recommend this to you. A great intro to Science Fiction if you're new to the genre.
Narrator Cynthia was a strong, sympathetic, and persistant voice that was ideal for the lead character and her tribulations. Well chosen and performed.
Several reviewers here have made complaints of M. Holloway's delivery. I think they are making too much of a muchness out of it.
Are there some mis-emphasized words or phrases? Yes. But in general, this is a workmanlike narration of the text without a lot of interpretation, and the delivery does not detract from the story, which is great.
I have heard too many titles ruined by over ambitious narration, and I am glad that M. Holloway errs on the the side of caution.
1. Book: Grade: A. An excellent series. It's lots of fun to listen too. It's action-adventure sci fi with a bit of political intrigue mixed in. Readers will hardly be surprised to find (in Elizabeth Moon) a young hero, unfairly disgraced, who must now prove herself -- and in the process learn who she is and what she is capable of -- against overwhelming odds. As usual, Moon gives us plenty of female characters who are not one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs, as is all too common in fantasy and science fiction. If you enjoy strong female protagonists, Moon is for you.
Note: It's also true that this is no "Deed of Paksenarrion," but given that that was Elizabeth Moon's "home run" and one of the best fantasy novels of the past 50 years, the comparison isn't really fair. "Deed" is on the short list of top fantasy I recommend to people, along with things like Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and Song of Ice and Fire.
2. Reader: Grade: A/A-. Audiobook listeners look for two things in a reader, skill and a "good fit" with the book. In my opinion Cynthia Holloway satisfies both very well. She does sound young, but the protagonist is young. I think her "fit" this series is very good, and I hope of Brilliance does any of Moon's other sci fi series (like the Esmay Suiza series), that Holloway does the reading for that too.
The complaint that she "can't do male voices," doesn't seem to me to amount to more than her not sounding male -- but so what? Think of a top reading like George Guidall trying to "do" female voices. Not going to happen.