Although I enjoyed the book overall, I got extremely tired of all the explanations of how this or that worked, and why, and how, and eventually started skipping over these parts. The book should have been a third shorter, with all the explaining taken out, to be a really great read.
I am new to this series and could not finish the first book. I found the military explanations long winded and dull, the action predictable, the minimal interpersonal interactions standard, and the narrator is really very bad. I was prepared for her to be bad from the reviews, but she really is hard to take. I might have been able to tolerate the reader if the story was any good, but I just don't see what other reviewers see in this book. Read Leviathan Wakes if you are looking for good adventure SF.
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills
Quite a good book, exciting. I wish the background characters had been more developed, but Honor's a bit larger than life and her personality (and the politics & history) managed to fill the void for me.
It's a bit difficult to follow the 'science' when listening to the audio (may be better to actually read the book as well). The author places a lot of emphasis on the tone of Honor's voice so it's a bit annoying that the narrator's performance is so dissimilar.
Very good story, but I think I would have gotten more out of the written version.
I love this series. I was really excited to see it here on Audible -- I could listen to one of my favorite series while I knit. It was so disappointing to settle in and listen to this narrator. I tried to ignore the unnecessary accents she put on some characters.
When she pronounced "Manti-COR-an" as though it were "Man-TIC-eran", I was finished. I demanded a refund and will not be purchasing any more of the books in the series. This narrator should be fired.
The book itself is excellent. It opens a wonderful series which is still going. I highly recommend *the book*.
Author of The Zochtil, Read by Nick Sullivan
I loved the story line until the last battle scene where David Weber went off the wall with graphic descriptions of the battle. I didn't think that a sci-fi space battle could be so graphic but he had blood and guts everywhere in this battle.
However if I could cut out the blood and gore I would rate this a four.
An avid reader
People who enjoy info-dumps about space drives and how the military and government is populated with idiots.
Stop over-enuncunciating everything, and not use so many annoying accents. I mean, really, it's thousands of years in the future in a completetly different solar system, and you expect me to believe that people are still speaking in exaggerated British, French, and Italian accents? C'mon.
It had a female protagonist in a traditionally male dominated career, in a male dominated genre. (Although she was written like a man, and even had a buzz cut). Also, many minor characters were females too, many in positions of power.
If you edited out all the info-dumps, this would have been a mediocre short story. I am not exaggerating when I say that halfway through chapter 3, all that had actually happened was that the heroine had boarded her new ship and officially taken command. Also, I couldn't care less who invented your star drive, and how long ago, and I especially didn't need to hear pages and pages about it in the *middle of the climactic space battle*. If this had been a library check-out, I never would have finished it. Since I paid for it, I did finish it, but felt compelled to write this review to warn others before they make the same mistake.
Starts out slow. In the beginning there's absolutely no dialogue and a lot of character descriptions -- it seems like hours worth.
Once you get into the characters you realize that there's no redeeming quality about any of them; nothing that really captures and holds your interest; boring dialogue and uninteresting action sequences....
I typically listen to audiobooks during my hr long commutes to and from work. This audiobook has almost put me to sleep on a number of occasions. It is also the 1st book that I decided not to finish. Ugh. Just ugh.
Reasonably good story. Unbelievable voice for Honor, much too high pitched and cartoonish. It ruins the story.
It reminded me of the days of reviewing technical manuals. The first 2 hours had no plot at all. Just useless technical data. I gave up on it. I want to enjoy my books.