The entire series is for people who like long and boring descriptions of military engagements and who like to read manuals on weapons systems.
No, but certainly turned me off this one.
Yes, had no problem with narration.
I read the first 3 books in this series but I don't think I'll bother with any more. I liked Webber's Safehold series (But he tends to be long winded there too) but this series is very dull. Each book starts with a contrived 'situation'...for example this one "Here...I got a good idea! Lets take one of our major sources of trade, income AND a perfect route for an invasion and minimally defend it with screw ups!" Each book, thus far, is a long drawn out build up to a capital ship engagement. I think Webber political views are showing in this series too.
The characters are not compelling and Honor herself seems cartoonish. And holy Moley Mr. Webber - We really don't need to hear about Honor's soprano voice or her 'chocolate brown eyes' after the first time!! Could play a drinking game for each time he mentions them.
Overall not impressed. If you like long detailed descriptions of space battles then this might be for you....if you like a good story and plot you should probably move on.
I love military tactics books. And you can tell that David Weber conceived a great story. But the amount of superflous detail makes this a SLOG to get through. This book could have easily been 1/3 shorter through editing without losing anything of substance. The writing style gives it a sort of military authenticity, which sounds like it could be good. But really you'll find yourself banging your head against your steering wheel (i listen to audiobooks in the car) saying "Christ woman, just jump to hyperspace already!!!!"
Allyson Johnson's performance was bad. I'm sure she did her best, but the slow slow pace that she reads only exacerbates the problem of too much unnecessary detail in the story.
This might be better in paper form, where you have the freedom to skim unnecessarily detailed paragraphs.
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. I had the Honor Harrington on my wishlist; I kept coming back to it and coming back to it without taking the plunge. I liked the idea of Honor Harrington so much that I didn't want to ruin it. What I mean by that is it seemed like one of those sci-fi series that would get so bogged down in the science/military aspect of this type of sci-fi that it would detract from the plot. Weber certainly did get into a lot of detail, but for some reason, it worked. Instead of being off-putting, it really brought out the militaristic efficiency that makes Honor such a fantastic character. In addition, I liked reading about a heroine who isn't quick to jump into somebody's bed as a means to define herself as a person. Plus, she's got a sense of humor similar to mine that makes me laugh out loud.
The universe reminded me a lot of the Trader's Tales series by Nathan Lowell. The main characters are very different, and instead of being the militaristic side of space travel, the Trader's Tales. However, they both have an interesting attention to detail, and while the main characters are very different in personality, they're both self-made people whose journeys we, as readers, are following along closely enough to almost be living them.
No, I have not.
I don't like to give spoilers away because I read reviews before I pick up a book, and I hate it when people give major plot points away. I will say that I love to see Honor interact with her crew and their growing relationships.
While my comments so far can be pointed towards the first book, I'm really speaking of the series as a whole. I keep gobbling it up, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is fond of a good science fiction.
The story would have been more interesting if the characters had more depth, if heroes sometimes made mistakes and villains had redeeming qualities and sometimes won. It would have made me want to hear more if it contained social commentary deeper than, "rapists are bad". Also, when we're reviewing a situation for the third or fourth time through another character's eyes, we do not need to hear it described all over again. I feel like I heard this book four times for all the rehashing it contains.
The hero's main fault is that she is too heroic. She is attractive, the best at every single thing she does and she always wins at everything. Villains are equally predictable. Social and sci-fi topics are explained in excruciating detail. We're given the complete history of space ship components for no discernable reason. Sometimes the information enhances the story, but that is the exception, not the rule.
I don't know narrators well. I would cast someone who reads in normal speaking tones. This narrator sounds like a news anchor on the BBC. It's really distracting and sucks all emotion out of the story. Maybe it would work if I lived in Great Britain?
Disappointment. I like to finish books I start. This one was a chore, not a pleasure.
The story line was very good but there was too much description of things that just drag on and on that make you want to stop listening .
the lost fleet by jack cambell
not so great
if book 2 has the same boring descriptions as book 1 that will be the last one in this series
This is really bad in so many different ways that it's hard to articulate them here. The surface issue is the terribly borring start where character motivations either make no sense or are horribly cliched. One character even asks themselves why they are acting out of character. The author likes to use exposition to "tell not show" back histroy. The narrator also can't do a male voice and is unable to match the emotions of the scene.
That's all little stuff that you can gloss over if the story ever picked up. Then something happened at the 2hour 40min mark that caused me to shut this down.
Apparently, there is a character that tried to rape Honor at the academy. While this alone would not cause me to stop, how the authored handled it disgusted me so much I couldn't stand it anymore. The author made the case that it was Honor's fault for thinking she wasn't beautiful enough to be raped. That it was Honor's fault that she didn't report it even though she had someone to protect her from the political fallout. Sure she was able to fend off the attacker, but she didn't want to inconvenience anyone. What's worse is that it does nothing to forward her character but add back history to the rapist. There is no analysis of why it was a horrible event. There was no condemnation of the attacker. It's a footnote in the back history that is completely unnecessary.
Now the rest of the story may be great, but I'm not interested in reading this trash. I've read better fan fiction stories that are more engaging and handle rape way better then this waste of time.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Avid Audible Subscriber...
Nice book and one I purchased after Tree Cat Wars. I have to say I still enjoy the Tree Cat series much better. These books are enjoyable but a little too much detail in the fighting sequences and not enough character building.
I enjoyed the story line and the details of whats going on. The narration was very good. I enjoyed Allysons voice. but! the profanity level was to high for my liking. If you like military sci-fi, then you will like this one, but if you have a low profanity level, then you will need to pass this one up.
unfortunately, yes I will.
Yes because I have no choice
Allyson Johnson is a great Narrator
This review is going to be confusing because it is the only way to try to warn listeners of what is going to happen when they get to the last books in the series. They Suck!
I have been a fan of the series for years. I have even paid full price for books rather than waiting for a credit. I absolutely love the characters and the space battles and the intrigue and the multiple story lines. But with the last three books (Fifteen books in series so far?) I have been so disappointed that I have felt compelled to at least try to warn new listeners of what is ahead as they fall in love with this series as I have. I have to get the books as they come out. I am like an addict that has to have a fix even as I know I am going to be disappointed.
I have come up with a solution. I am going to take Audible up on their return policy for the next book if it is as bad as the last three.
Is it better to have listened and loved and been disappointed? That is what you will have to decide.
Less engineering details...
She doesn't have a broad range of male personalities. She tries to make up for it with various inconsistent accents. Her protaganist's voice, Honor, comes out squeaky and childish instead of female.
I got through Part 1, but didn't finish the denouement, due to the reader. I'm going to try to returned any books with that reader.