Yes! Science fiction meets fantasy all rolled into one series!
During the war games, when Honor kicks the crap out of the opposing flag ship.
I have listened to the entire series at least twice! Weber rocked this world!
The Honor Harrington series is fantastic. Technical, fast paced and exciting throughout! The narration is generally excellent but sometimes the voice for Honor is a bit on the dainty side for someone of her character and stature.
I have enjoyed reading this series in the past, and was excited to have it on audio, but try as I might, i just could not get past the rhythm of the narration. It felt like she was reading the book three or four words at a time instead of reading a sentence. It just broke my concentration from the story, because it felt like every time she started to get into a smooth flow, there would be this odd break in tone. the pronunciation was good and easy to understand what she was saying, but man... it really bothered me. The best correlation I can come up with is, that moment when in class the teacher calls on someone to read from the book, and they just fumble the words as if seeing them for the first time put in this particular order. Which honestly, is the feeling I get when listening to this production.
I could not tell you how many times I've read this book but I think this is my second time listening to it. If you like Sci-Fi, great characters, and interesting stories, this is the start of a great series. I usually don't like a lot of technical info in my science fiction - I usually skip it - but I've never skipped nor gotten bored with Weber's. High praise for me.
The reader is...okay. While I like many of the voices she gives the characters, some are real misses. And though I know it's not her fault, the way she says Mantacorian throws me every time.
I have read this book several times, and I like it a lot. The narrator seem to be trying to add accents or affectations that don't fit with some of the characters. One that really bugged me was her pronunciation of the word manticoran. Over all no too bad.
I liked the story overall. A personal fan of "the lost fleet" series myself, I am no stranger to space operas. The beginning had to build the foundation of the story's logic, so it was a little slow at first and hard to grasp some concepts without repeating the chapter a few times. But, as the story moved on, the overall pace quickened and I found myself wanting more. The recording itself was moderate, as the narrator (or the recording editor) let almost no pauses between paragraphs. This made it quite confusing at times when trying to grasp exactly who was talking.
Overall, it was a fun read. I will be downloading the next novel in the series shortly.
Weber seems to be really into world building and not so much into character or plot development. He wants the reader to know absolutely everything that's going on, so switches POVs liberally. This utterly demolishes any sense of suspense; if you know who's doing what and why, it's easy to infer the ultimate outcomes.
The narration does nothing to minimize the book's flaws. Johnston gives character accents the ol' college try, but seems to be baffled by ellipses and POV changes.
Weber gets points for diversity. Without actually counting, I'd estimate that half the characters are female, with many of those women being in positions of power. There also seems to be significant racial diversity. There were no queer characters, but given that the book was published in the early 90s, that's not surprising.
I read this book because it is so frequently recommended as having "strong female characters," and I was disappointed. The main character is so Mary Sue it almost reads as satire. She has no flaws, doesn't think she's pretty even though everyone else who meets her seems to think she is, and has an empathic alien-cat. She has no friends, unless you count her pet, only adversaries, subordinates, and superiors.
Normally an avid book reader I am finding myself appreciating a well told (spoken) story
prrhaps its becaose I've read this series a few time but this narrator just doesn't grab my attention and keep it like some I have heard.
It's likely, though only after I've listened to the many other books in the series.
It was well-constructed with a good balance between combat, intrigue, and personal interaction.
She has a wide range of voices for the characters.
When the exec threatens his "superior."
Johnson's pronunciation of "Manticoran" is a little odd - she says ManTIcoran when I expected MANticoran. And I think Honor's voice is a little higher-pitched than I envisioned (is enheard a word?) But otherwise, the book is quite good.