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.
I loved the story and reading. I will be getting more books in this series. Great book great reading. Peter
Yes and I have, several times.The Honor Harrington series is one of the best I've ever read. I read / listen to Asimov's Robot Series, at least once a year; however, I found myself reading Weber's Honor Harrington Series for third time in less than two years.
When Honor saved the Protector and his family.
Everything. Ms. Johnson's performance was perfect. I must say, I personally think "Man-tik-eran" is the proper pronunciation (Sorry, Mr. Weber) 😜
Absolutely, they all are.
Mr. Weber, thank you for a wonderful book. (Honor Harrington "The Book", in 14 Chapters)
The story and writing was excellent, although it does make some unusual viewpoint switches. The narrator started off making the male voices sound almost cartoony, but quickly settled down, and the narration was quite good. There were occasionally confusing viewpoint switches, but jumping back 30 seconds and paying closer attention to the names cleared those up.
Caveat Emptor! I love military scifi,and I really liked this first story in the Honor Harrington series (Currently on book 7 of 13), but honestly, the narrator for this book is terrible. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and have had a good exposure to some really great voice actors. Allyson Johnson just has too limited a vocal range and can't do accents worth beans. With such a large cast of characters from an entire "Honorverse" worth of planets and societies, she falls flat. The whole point of this review is to encourage you to keep reading the books because they are great. Don't get turned off by the wooden MarySue-like phone operator voice. Honor Harrington is a dynamic character and the audio reading makes her sound like she should be selling greeting cards rather than saving the universe. Personally, I switched to the Kindle version of the stories starting with book two and never looked back.
I love the intricate galaxy that Weber has set up. Military thrillers are something I really enjoy, and mixed with sci fi, which is another of my loves is absolutely magic. Highly recommended if you like exciting, high detail military fiction and/or well fleshed out science fiction.