No; the narrator was not my favorite.
The long-standing tension detween Harrington and Pavel Young drives some of the subplots quite nicely.
The narration was only adequate, so I would be hard pressed to name a favorite.
Klaus Hauptman's comeuppance was quite satisfying.
The narrator's odd pronunciation of the word Manticoran (it annoyed me no end).
I started listening to this on recommendation (of the printed book) from Steve Gibson at GRC, who raved about it. The material seemed pretty good, but I just could not get over how unbelievably bad the narration is. The speaker has a very limited range, and when she tries to emulate male characters, she comes off sounding like Millhouse from The Simpsons. It is very distracting.
Narrattive ability of the person reading this book.
Several people have noted the sub-standard performance of the narrator, especially the correct pronunciation of Manticoran, which is Manti-CORE-an, not, never, Man-TICKER-an. Some others have said, what's the big deal. Allow me to opine that an AUDIBLE book narrator needs to deliver a vocal performance as good as the written performance by the author. How in the world the narrator went from saying it right when she meant the Kingdom of MantiCORE, and then totally butchered it when talking about the ManTICKERan fleet is simply beyond me. I guess if Audible had done this in Lord of the Rings (haven't heard it yet) and the narrator consistently called hobbits hobos, and wizards wisemen, everyone would have said, oh no big deal? I really hope Audible will rectify this as I have heard that there are movie projects in the works for Honor Harrington, and I really, REALLY hope they don't pick up this narrators spin on the series.
Anger, Surprise (How exactly do you get this wrong?).
I will not be buying additional Honor Harrington Books or any other audible books by this narrator again.
A friend recommended the series, but after reading the reviews I was so nervous to get this as an audiobook. I'm glad I did, and I'm on my third book in the series. Sure, the narrator is kind of oddly stilted and in the beginning DOES sound like the Macbook voice reading. But I think either she hits her stride partway through or I adapted; either way it doesn't take much away from the story. Honor Harrington is a great heroine and the story is pushed along by the interactions of people with just the occasional dollop of space-math jargon. If you read both printed and audio books, maybe go print edition for this one, but if like me you only listen to audiobooks (commuting!) then don't pass this series by.
This was a pretty good story, but the narrator read almost every sentence with the same newscast-like intonation, which in an adventure story, I found annoying.. Also the author ocassionally got carried away with technical detail which was a bit of a snore. Otherwise just a good old fashioned sci fi story about a fine, upstanding, smart, straight up guy struggling against idiocy and never giving up. Kinda reminded me of Matt Dillon of the old Gunsmoke shows. Aways bucked up and did right, no matter how hard, or who opposed him. Kicked butt when necessary. Only this time it was space, and the guy was plunked into a woman's body.
I got the book because I love reading space opera and naval adventure...so this book should have been a sure-fire hit.
The book itself was fairly well written and engaging. But the narrator! The whole book sounded like badly-dubbed anime...random accents, gruff "male" voices, and an exaggerated sing-song narration style that was so annoying that I had to grit my teeth and listen to the book in spite of it.
If there had been a different narrator, I'd give the book 4 stars...as it is, 2 is the most I can manage.
I have been a fan of the Honor Harrington books for a very long time, and continue to await new titles in the series. I was eagerly anticipating the books becoming available on Audible, and have either purchased or wish listed all of them. This anticipation was sadly quashed by listening to this, the first in the series. The narrator has far too many mispronunciations, clearly marking her as unfamiliar with either military terminology or with science fiction, whether she is or not, and evidence of very sloppy editing. I regularly listen to audio books during my daily commute, and do not recall ever hearing so many blatant mispronunciations. In addition, some of the character voices do not ring true for a long time reader of the series.
I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
but why does Honor Harrington have to have a high-pitched hysterical little girl's voice, full of, I don't know, pretense? falseness? Is she supposed to be in the throes of puberty or what's this about?? There's not a shred of authority in that voice, not a shred of sincerity, and it makes the mental picture of Honor Harrington in my head quite ridiculous.
This especially bothers me since none of the other female (or male) characters in the audio have such a silly voice. It's just...unfortunate to do that to the main character.
Good story (and so are the next ones in the series) - decent character development - very weak science, but when you encounter FTL travel you are forced to suspend a lot of reality - however, it is obvious that neither the author nor the director of the narration have reasonable knowledge of military ranks or the tactics of battle - oh well there are worse sins, such as the narrator who reads descriptive text well and in a generally pleasing tone, but whose characters' voices are disgraceful. Honor frequently sounds like a whining, slightly nasal, pre-pubescent little girl. Most of the other female voices are poor to fair, but the male voices are horrid. Worst of all is that there is little differentiation between characters even with regard to the sex of the speaker and a multi-character discussion is very difficult to follow.
I LOVE the Honor Harrington books but I found myself flinching everytime the reader pronounced "Manticoran" She says man-TICK-oran instead of Manti-CORAN. I almost bypassed the rest of the series because of this.