Say something about yourself!
It did not capture my interested in the first part of the book. The first part is outlining the political structure of the planet, which was confusing Then it does on of those parallel story lines with the politics and military structure then add a stiff main character, Honor, and you disappointment.
I purchased this because it was on a series sale and it had good reviews. But the main character, Honor, did not spark an interest with me.
Good vs Bad
Nimitz, because the tree cat is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Not heard her before, so I cannot compare.
Faced with impossible odds, Honor manages to not only succeed, but does so in an exemplary manner.
Good parallels to what is happening in our society today (in the USA at least) with some social commentary.
While i know these books are very popular, I found my mind wandering while the author went into minute details that seemed irrelevant and didn't really help paint the picture. It's almost like a lot of details were given only to fill space (i know this isn't true but so much seemed irrelevant). I understand that a lot of people probably love the details but personally it wasn't for me.
A Better Story
Maybe... but I'm not particularly impressed so far
I enjoyed DW when he co-wrote with John Ringo in teh Hot Gate series, was excellent. However I was very disapointed with this story. Nothing original, seems to be trying to copy Luis Masters Bujold and John Ringo, both of which do a better service to the genre. I will however give him another chance.
Top 10; #1 is 'Friday' by Robert Heinlein, #2 is the "Share" series as written and read by Nathan Lowell.
when Honor realized that her ship was gutted of its long-range armament for a cockamamie short-range system.
the description of the fungi flora planet.....just conveyed the alien-ness of the world.
I really prefer that audiobook performers NOT try to give each character specific voices; it detracts from my immersion factor.
Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!
If you're looking for something to listen to while multi-tasking, this book might work for you. If you miss something, it doesn't really matter.
I love science fiction, and I love series. I've recently listened again to the entire Scolian Empire series. But a lot of fiction just isn't worth reading or listening to, and based on this first of the series, the Harrington saga falls into this category. There's too much good stuff out there to spend a couple of hundred listening hours on such soap opera-ish material.
It seems unlikely that a starship captain would sound like a 15-year old teenager.
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
The Audio performance really brings the story alive in your imagination. It’s like you can almost see the characters and the action in a movie in your head. It really lets your mind go. And the best part is you can listen while you’re driving. Try that with a book. I spend so much driving and commuting when I get home I don’t have time to just sit and read so the audiobooks revived my passion for books in a new way and I must say I really enjoy it every bit as much as I ever did reading. Now I almost look forward to long trips in the car.
When Honor Harrington has to deal with the bureaucratic localized problem of her new post and deals with a surprise attack. How she deals with a never ending series of problems by attacking them as opposed to just trying to get by makes her a very endearing heroine.
I have not listened to her before this book but now I associate her with Honors character because she made it her own.
I space epic that will make you wish you could jump forward 700 years.
It is outstanding start to a well written series. Congratulations Mr. Webber!
The actual story
I am a huge fan of the Honor Harrington books. I have them all both in Print and e-book format. So when I signed up for my audible account they were the first books I wanted to purchase.
Thankfully i only purchased this one to try out. The narrator has a nice enough voice but her delivery is almost mechanical. The accents are terrible and make no sense. I tried to like this audio book. I really really tried. But I didn't even make it halfway through chapter 1 before I had to turn it off.
I have listened to dozens of Audiobooks and this is by far the worst narration I have heard so far.
No; the narrator was not my favorite.
The long-standing tension detween Harrington and Pavel Young drives some of the subplots quite nicely.
The narration was only adequate, so I would be hard pressed to name a favorite.
Klaus Hauptman's comeuppance was quite satisfying.
The narrator's odd pronunciation of the word Manticoran (it annoyed me no end).
I started listening to this on recommendation (of the printed book) from Steve Gibson at GRC, who raved about it. The material seemed pretty good, but I just could not get over how unbelievably bad the narration is. The speaker has a very limited range, and when she tries to emulate male characters, she comes off sounding like Millhouse from The Simpsons. It is very distracting.