Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
Some have complained about the narration. Bunk! As a soprano voice (as the character is) she does a fine job. I loved the story and the narration was good. I base that on if I can follow the story while working at the computer - it was very good.
I enjoyed the book greatly. Those complaining of the narration I believe just are not used high voices. I will, when the time comes, purchase the rest of the series.
I enjoyed this audiobook throroughly. Excellent story line, excellent character development, and excellent reading of the material. If your not familiar with David Weber this would be a good introduction. The battle scenes are expertly described and the science of the time is presented in a believable fashion (but doesnt overpower the story). If you enjoyed the Dorsaii series you will like the Honor Harrington novels.
It is about time the Honor books became available. I have read these multiple times and am glad they are finally available in audio. I agree with some of the sentiments regarding the narration, it could be significantly better but it is also far from the worst I have heard. I give it 4 stars because of the narration but I am also willing to overlook it because I am glad the books are available.
After long last Honor Harrington arrives at Audible. David Weber's Military Sc-Fi series finally gets the Audio Treatment It deserves. 11+ books and growing. The narrator tries to match Honor's inflections with mixed results as her voice is Hit or Miss with the Others. Honor's Origin story is filled with intrigue and mystery. Weber does an excellent Job of seeing through the eyes of not only Honor But her enemies and crew as well. Weber's Universe is filled with semi-realistic science with the battles matching sea Battles rather than the super quick Star Trek types. The Battles will last for chapters and pages and seen from inside both ships. If you don't mind long exposition you'll enjoy the Book. Fans should have little worry.
I was worried about the narration from the reviews, but found it more than adequate.
The start of the story was a little slow, and I was wondering if it was going to be the average redemption story. But the naval/marine simultaneous engagement and great character development was totally worth it. I also liked the nod to Prince Roger.
Because I am a total nerd, I am going to write a Star Frontiers adventure based around this book.
I was excited to see that the Honor Harrington series had finally been recorded - it's fantastic pulp fiction - and I was looking for something just like this to keep me occupied on the morning commute.
Imagine my disappointment when a newscaster started reading the book to me. I suppose I've gotten spoiled by narrators who actually tell a story, create characters, and place dramatic emphasis in the appropriate places. I've even been impressed with authors who read their own material and stress the importance of certain concepts. Unfortunately, this reader has the same vocal pattern for each of her sentences, be it exposition, action, or dialogue. And it sounds as if she's reading the news.
I'm very disappointed that she's apparently been contracted to record the entire series. I'll be greatly torn between wanting to listen to the rest of the books, and the amount of annoyance I'm willing to sit through to occasionally accidentally get lost in the story.
I give the book a 5 for being a great story.
I give the narrator a 1 for complete lack of understanding of the art of narration.
I have been a huge fan of this series and was thrilled to see it show up on Audible. So I immediately bought it and started listening to it and was...disappointed. The narrator sounding like she was doing a feature on NPR and while I am a big fan of NPR it is not the voice and cadance that I would have liked to hear for this series.
I found that scenes that should have had excitement and tension did not and when the speaker's voice should have been a flat inflection as was indicated by the text it was not.
I find myself debating purchasing other books in this series which is a disappointment for me.
I had no idea what to expect when I started this book as I found it by accident. I was hooked almost immediately, and now (to the chagrin of my wife) I'm hooked on the entire series! David Weber does an excellent job of mixing action sequences, political drama, religion, believable technology, and a contagious sense of honor and duty into his stories. It's easy to accidentally start
My favorite aspect of the story is it's depth and believe-ability (in the context of the universe it exists in). It's easy to put yourself right into the story as an observer, and what a great seat to have!
too hard to pick just one stand out moment!
A must read for sci-fi, and especially military sci-fi fans. Even if you THINK you might like it, give it a try!
absolutely yes - Loved the Vorkosigan Saga and there are enough similarities to make this series enjoyable. Almost didnt listen due to negative reviews about the narrator - Dont let those revies make you miss this! On book 7 of the series and have enjoyed them all.
The development of the background confilct between Honor Harrington and Lord Pavel Young.
The battle sequence which was well described without being boring or tedious.
ABSOLUTELY - I was listening until 5am to finish the book.
Dont let negative comments about the narrator make you miss this series. I did for a while and was very pleasantly suprised when I did listen to the book. Allyson Johnson does an excellent job representing the characters and makes the story come alive.
I bought this audiobook with some trepidation after seeing all the terrible comments about the narrator. In the end I decided to give it a try, and I am glad that I did. I'll agree that she is not the most dynamic reader I've encountered and some of her character accents don't quite ring true, but it's really a small point.
The bigger point is that the underlying story is quite engaging and the character of Honor Harrington is well-drawn. It's very solid sci-fi and worth listening to.