Only to find out the series ending .. The narrator is below average; bad enough for your mind to wander often, but not bad enough to return the book. The story had many stale spots that were reheated/done much better space opera by other authors (Lois McMaster Bujold).
The narrator was below average for a story that somewhat dated. As tho since this is an old release, don't bother to waste known talent on it.
Get this series in print so the boring parts can be skipped.
I got this because it was on sale, it is wonderful! I was so surprised because it is always hard for me to try new authors. Now I have another one I have to keep up with. Gladly.
I liked the way the auther can put me on the ship as well as keep up with all of the techno info. The reader is one of my favorites as well. I find myself talking back to my device as if I am in conversation with the characters. lol Cant wait for the next one.
Elizabeth Moon, yes. Cynthia Holloway, no. After listening to Oath of Gold etc from the author I wanted more of her books. I loved the books about Paksenarrion and the narration.
Captain Vatta herself, strong brave young woman.
Jennifer Van Dyck or Tavia Gilbert
Often times I thought other listeners were being a bit harsh where narrators were concerned, as I read various reviews. I kept thinking, the narration could not be that bad. However, this particular narrator made me understand a listener's motivation to write such a review. I can only hope and pray that the other books in the Vatta's War series do not have Ms. Holloway as the narrator. This would force me to pick up a hard copy to read. This narrator's monotone has not done right by this wonderful story.
I bought this book from the First in Series sale and enjoyed the story and am listening to the the rest of the books.
Why is it that so many narrators seem to believe it is their job to translate, for me, the meaning and emotion of the writing that I would have to depend on the author to provide if I were reading the book? Please, somebody, just read the book to me. If I wanted 'a movie in my mind' or 'pictures in my head' there are other companies that not only provide that with multiple narrators as characters, they are reading works designed to be read that way. If the author can’t create those elements in the story I don’t believe the story would be worth reading; or listening to. But that’s just me. Having said that I believe Ms. Holloway does a credible job of reading the book. She is not my favorite but she is a long way from being so bad I won't listen.
I really like the story line in this series. A young daughter of privilege, in a respected trading family, is kicked out of military school with just one month to go, having already proven to be an excellent student, and is 'gotten out of town' by being sent out with her own ship on a trading mission. By means of a series of mishaps and happenstance the author creates the conflict that allows the protagonist to develop her character and move forward into more conflict that allows her to...I mean that is how it is done, right?
In books I like the most the author takes the story in the direction that makes sense and stems from conflict that was created in believable scenarios based on the fictional universe they have created. When I say 'in the direction that makes sense' I really mean in the direction I think it should go. If the author surprises me and goes in a different direction that ends up, (in my opinion), in an even better direction I fall in love with that author and become a fan. Even though I like Ms. Moon's story's I am not a fan. I often disagree with how she creates conflict and how the character makes their forward-moving decisions, though I usually agree with the decisions they make.
In "Trading In Danger" the author uses exposition in such a way that it kills the momentum of the plot and bogs down the story. There are too many decisions based on the inner thoughts of so many of the characters that I dread those long, critical inner dialogs they have with themselves. The silliest example is that the protagonist 'discovers' that she likes killing even though she is a very nice, moral person. She then goes on to bemoan the issue, in her mind mostly but also with a few others 'like' her throughout the rest of the story.
But then again; I still want to know what happens next.
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.