As the final part of a series the book delivered moderately well, and comes out well above average.
Rounded up loose ends and got on to the point.
Cynthia Holloway needs to broaden her vocabulary. The amount of mispronunciations and poorly inflected words was appalling. Choosing to put the emphasis on the wrong syllable is going to happen sometimes, but how are voice performers not working with good dictionaries and pronunciation guides?
Overall a great finish to the series, but given the amount of inane filler in the 5 books overall (the kind of thing writers have to deal with when their book company decides they want a trilogy or pentalogy or whatever as opposed to the single book they were sold) the ending was a little sudden and lacking in detail.
This series has been interesting enough that I have, with thoughtful intent, purchased and listened to it. The story concept is interesting and the military aspect is pretty well thought out. When combat is engaged, both space and personal, it's fun, it's creative and based on the realities of this story universe it's conceivable.
The problems, like in so much other sf writing, exist in the story telling not in the genre. Two separate issues stand out that dampen my enjoyment of the writing. All too often the amount of detail supplied to set the stage or build a character feels more like it is there just to fill the page. The flavor of the food at dinner or the ice-cream for dessert or the art on the walls or the plants in the garden when given so much focus and detail become important beyond their simple colorful existence. It feels, at the very least, like foreshadowing and yet is never mentioned again. To paraphrase a quote all writers know 'don't talk about the shotgun over the mantel unless someone is going to use it'.
My biggest issue with the writing drives me to distraction. Everyone knows that tension/conflict drives the story forward. Put the drive characters in trouble then get them out of it. Accelerating and increasing the tension as the story progress builds to the grand solution and defines the plot. In this series, (and too many others), much of the conflict is created because the otherwise often brilliant characters become amazingly stupid. Simple things any reader realizes at the time that the character would say, or remember, or do, or think; they just...don't. I find myself screaming at the characters, 'Did you forget what you just said to the other guy? What, you don't remember you have a gun in your pocket? You don't think the police might want to know that you saw the killer?"
Many of these things are more frustrating when listening to an audio book of course. When I am reading a book and the writer starts getting bogged down in detail I just scan forward picking up the important stuff and ignore the fluff. Does this pull me out of the story? Yes. But ii is so much more frustrating when listening to a book because you can't scan. You can fast forward but then you miss all the detail.
Then why do I keep listening to writing that frustrates me? Because I like the story concept and I keep hoping the writing gets better. But most of all; recognizing poor writing in detail makes me a better writer.
Fun, pleasant. Not very filling.
This is the Nth episode in the adventures of Ky Vatta. I doubt I'll be listening the (N+1)th!
Not bad... but not recommended.
I love this series of books. I had read the first four and because the last was available on tape I decided to just listen to this one. What a mistake. The narrator seriously sucked. She was unskilled in creating believable voices for each of the characters and her accent was distracting. While I am happy with the conclusion, I found getting there pain filled and distracting. I will not listen to anything that this woman narrates ever again.