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 fan of David Weber's for years, and seeing that Audible had taken this flagship of Sci-Fi fiction and turned it into an audible format, made me join.
Its a great book and a fantastic series. I will admit to a little trepidation hearing a female reader relate all of the technical, scienitific mintuae, and battle scenes, but Allyson Johnson does a descent job of providing "voices" for the different characters. I think having a second voice actor for the male characters would have been better though.
I am looking forward to completeing the series and having Honor's "voice" come alive.
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 see no problem with the narration. I almost didn't get this because of the other comments and it would have been my loss.
Intense, active, complex
That despite the chaos dumped in Honor's lap, she still is human. She hasn't been given super-human abilities to cope and like all humans, she does have a breaking point. When dealing with a listless crew, suspected smuggling problems and superior officers who try to squash careers, I'm sure most people would have given up, yet Honor's resilience is realistic.
Before the Honor Harrington series, I had not heard any performances from Allyson Johnson.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
Story - Since this is the first of the series, it begins with a lot of background information, character building and somewhat confusing politics, but after that's out of the way (hopefully), there is a lot going on. There is interesting crew dynamics, a mystery to solve, battle strategies to plan and plenty of actual combat. Honor is a smart, strong and dedicated starship captain who is determined to fulfill her duties regardless of risk, and I think her duties will provide for an excellent sci-fi series!
The book is not exactly what I'd call an "easy listen," but neither is it mentally or emotionally taxing. It comes to a satisfying conclusion, so it can stand alone as a story.
Narration - This narrator does a great job. I love it when men sound like men and women sound like women, and she does both sexes well. Not only that, she does some pretty decent Irish, French and Spanish accents.
Overall - This book is not a must-hear, but it provides some good background information which may be helpful if you continue the series.