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.
I bought the first 3 books of this series sight un-seen (or heard) because it got such great hype. The first half of this novel was superb. I thought I had found a female Miles Vorkosigan. She solved an apparent losing situation using wits, wiles, deception plus the meager people and supplies at her disposal. The second half should have been excised. It was endless debates and conversations and little or no action. Unfortunately, the second half is more indicative of the series, so I didn't buy anymore after the first three.
Yes, average technical basis and discussion. I appreciate a book that doesn't wave away the laws of physics. Story held my interest.
Daniel Leary series. Similar military themes.
Larry Niven is better.
Her reading was consistent. My complaints were that when a transition occurred, there was often no pause in the narration. Consequently, I often lost continuity while I realized that the discussion and characters changed. Also, she dropped too much in volume when people were engaging in low discussions, causing me to increase and decrease volume of the player. Ms. Johnson needs to realize that people have different hearing capabilities and that the frequency of her voice requires a certain volume setting of the player. If her dynamics shift is too wide, it causes a less than enjoyable reading experience. I have failed in this criticism as I can't make it constructive by providing an example narrator to hold as an example of good narration. Sorry.
I don't like the main character's name, Honor Harrington. Good book even though the main character seems more of a robot than a human. It does try to give her emotions but they are very lame attempts. The plot is good and the story moves along pretty well, but sometimes seems to drag. I think I'll try another Honor Harrington book.
It is one of the most entertaining and well reasoned plots that I have found in many years. The characters are thoroughly flesh out and you get to know each one in a very personal way. There is a love/hate relationship with Weber as he proves that he is not afraid to introduce you to one of his characters. Make you like and admire that character. Grow to be fond of the character. . . . and then to kill off that same character.
There were several memorable moments that come to mind. The most memorable, when Honor refused to be bullied by a wealthy Klaus Hauptman and her refusal to allow a threat to her parents well being stand unchallenged. Her statement of promise or fact which ever way he chose to take it, to challenge him to a duel and shoot him down like the gutter scum that he had just proven himself to be. . . .
Honor Harrington of course is my most favored character but Mr. Weber painted such personal pictures with his words that Allyson had but to read the words to give us a picture, however, her voice modulations and accents gave such texture to the person as to truly create a fully fleshed out individual.
There are numerous moments in this book that spoke to me in a personal level. From the beginning when Alistair McKeon wrestled with his jealousy, the entire crew became disenchanted with Honor and her drive to bring them around to the level of competency that only she would accept. The moments when each crewman came to the realization that their skipper was someone extra special and she expected each of them to become just as special. To Klaus Hauptman who thought his money would buy him special favors in the eyes of the "new" CO of Basilisk Station with an impossible task to preform.
It is a worthy book of any science fiction aficionado. Almost all true readers believe that they have within themselves a wonderful novel. . . . . I Wish I Had Written This!!!!!
The reader is incredibly stilted. It cuts up the story and makes in entirely unpleasant.