I have everything David Weber has written either as a real book (he's classed as "Buy In Hardbound", which few authors in my library have achieved) or eBook. The book is great. It's an extremely good series about Honor's rise to prominence over her career. That's the good part.
The bad part: the narrator. For the love of all that's holy, is it impossible for these readers to know their subject material? How this one reconciles the pronunciation between Manticore and Manticoran is beyond me. There are other similar issues, but this one is like a knife to the ears every time. Some of here characterizations are crazy. In a universe set hundreds of light years from Earth, where do all these French and Cockney accents come from?
I've already resigned myself to having to live with this, since I'm determined to own the series. Please, producer, remember that there's a difference between being able to read and doing so competently. This one falls far short. My rating is for the story. The reader should be given one star. Or maybe even go into negative territory.
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 really enjoy this series. However I hate being cut off 1/2 thru. If your like me? you may want to wait on this series, until Audible decides to offer all the books. They cut you off at book 7 of 12.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
There are some genre cliches in this sci-fi serial, and at first I was doing a bit of eye-rolling.
But Weber quickly won me over, and I found the story to be very engaging and fun. The characters were likable and believable. No one was too evil, or too stupid. I won't say that every character was nuanced, but they certainly weren't as flat as I feared they would be.
This book was fun, and mostly a page-turner. It did hit some notable lulls where Weber almost lost me. A lot of what happened on the planet was just boring to me. And at times Weber did a little bit too much "telling" instead of "showing"-- a classic rookie mistake.
The climax of the book was extremely well-done, if a hair predictable.
One thing that was notably absent was the presence of artificial intelligence, and any number of other technological advances that one would expect from a society that could build huge spaceships. This is a very hard oversight to swallow from a book written in the early 90s, well into the computer revolution.
I enjoyed this book for what it was: a book about the navy, but set in space. In that context it was really fun.
I've got the second one in my queue now. I'm hoping it's just as good.
I have had the pleasure and good fortune to have been very lucky in the titles that I've purchased having overall very good narrators. When I very first started listening to this series, with this book in particular, I was initially taken aback by the narrator's voice for Honor Harrington. It just didn't meet my imagination initially. It didn't take long for that to change however. I'm a long time fan of David Weber, and I've read all the books at least once (most of them twice) before deciding to enjoy them in audiobook format. Compared to some of the best in the business that have narrated other series, Allyson Johnson is right there among them. She is very good at giving the different characters different voices without sounding contrived, and she does numerous accents very well. Her narration pace, and her depth of understanding of the characters is enough to really give another dimension to her reading of them in their tone and vocal expression. The "Man-TIC-oran" pronunciation startled me at first, but after seeing the note in from David about the source it stopped bothering me. Also, after hearing it so long it sounds more natural than the "correct" pronunciation. I only generally write reviews for exceptional titles, and this series both in the story and in the narration were incredible, and I'm still enjoying them 14 books later!
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I found this book a little hard to get into because things seem to go by slow at the start. I suppose the beginning of every series takes some time to note names and backgrounds. I would have liked to see a little bit more of Honor Harrington's life before she became a captain than to have a bunch of events from her past such, as schooling, being recounted to the reader. Eliminating some the extra descriptions that seemed to take up word space and having a little more action might have kept my attention better. Besides these minor issues I enjoyed the book and loved the build up to the ending. If you like space battles and following a character with a genius for strategy and command then you should like this series. I found David Weber's Harrington book because of the joint project between Weber and Ringo to create the Prince Rogers series. I also loved the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold and feel that these other authors bring up some parallels in their writing style and genre. It is interesting to see events taking place from a female lead and I give props to Mr. Weber for doing a great job with his character creation.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I read this story when I was in college about 8 years ago. I was delighted to listen to it. I never finished the series, maybe I will now. Honor's beginning story is a classic. Her story has often been portrayed as a female Horatio Hornblower. While there may be some similarities, seeing things through the eyes of a female gives one a new perspective on an old story, with different enemies and a whole new universe to explore.
I can't say that there is anything particularly special or unique about the story. Our Hero genetically modified and empathic, her sentient Tree Cat, A devious and often treacherous enemy....hmmmm.
Having completed the 12th book (i think) i am eagerly awaiting the 13th. The whole series is brilliantly .... choreographed with excellent supporting character, clever storyline, mini plots and very well paced development of the "honorverse".
The narrator was also well chosen and significantly added (for me) to the enjoyment of the whole series starting with this book!
it's amazing how many voices Allyson Johnson can come up with. It's so easy to absorb.
Story good. Narrator good. What else could you want from an audio book?!