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.
Whether you read the book yourself, or listen to it with audible (which i've done both), you cannot help but to feel what the characters are feeling. David Weber used a great compilation of theories and great story telling, so you feel what the character feels, and you know why they are doing what they are doing. The Narrator gives the book a life that it didn't have before as you get to "hear" the characters as they speak. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, and if you can't read that well, this book is a good reason to learn. The rest of the books in the series only get better, but that's for another review.
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 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!
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.