I loved the story line until the last battle scene where David Weber went off the wall with graphic descriptions of the battle. I didn't think that a sci-fi space battle could be so graphic but he had blood and guts everywhere in this battle.
However if I could cut out the blood and gore I would rate this a four.
An avid reader
People who enjoy info-dumps about space drives and how the military and government is populated with idiots.
Stop over-enuncunciating everything, and not use so many annoying accents. I mean, really, it's thousands of years in the future in a completetly different solar system, and you expect me to believe that people are still speaking in exaggerated British, French, and Italian accents? C'mon.
It had a female protagonist in a traditionally male dominated career, in a male dominated genre. (Although she was written like a man, and even had a buzz cut). Also, many minor characters were females too, many in positions of power.
If you edited out all the info-dumps, this would have been a mediocre short story. I am not exaggerating when I say that halfway through chapter 3, all that had actually happened was that the heroine had boarded her new ship and officially taken command. Also, I couldn't care less who invented your star drive, and how long ago, and I especially didn't need to hear pages and pages about it in the *middle of the climactic space battle*. If this had been a library check-out, I never would have finished it. Since I paid for it, I did finish it, but felt compelled to write this review to warn others before they make the same mistake.
Starts out slow. In the beginning there's absolutely no dialogue and a lot of character descriptions -- it seems like hours worth.
Once you get into the characters you realize that there's no redeeming quality about any of them; nothing that really captures and holds your interest; boring dialogue and uninteresting action sequences....
I typically listen to audiobooks during my hr long commutes to and from work. This audiobook has almost put me to sleep on a number of occasions. It is also the 1st book that I decided not to finish. Ugh. Just ugh.
Reasonably good story. Unbelievable voice for Honor, much too high pitched and cartoonish. It ruins the story.
It reminded me of the days of reviewing technical manuals. The first 2 hours had no plot at all. Just useless technical data. I gave up on it. I want to enjoy my books.
I will buy the next one in the series, but "c'mon man". Compared with the really fine work on the Patrick O'Brian or Harry Potter series, this lady sounds like a high school project.
Nice book but it is butchered by the narrator.
She seems to feel the need to assign a new accent to each character while being utterly unable to actually do any accent other than her own. I'm all for ambition but this is toe-curling to the point where I found myself laughing out loud at several points.
Needless to say, this hardly makes for an immersive experience.
Over-precise narration, combined with an over-ambitious writing style. Combined they lead to a book that is 1) difficult to understand and 2) difficult to listen to. Only got through a couple of hours before I decided I could do without this one.
The reason I gave this 2 stars, not 1 is because I like Tom Clancy books, some of which have lots of technical details in them. Mr. Clancy doesn't hit you with them at the beginning but in this book Mr. Weber does, giving you no chance to get interested in the story first; a little more background on characters or places and not so much gravity walls and star interference. I may try again but for right now I'll stick to other books. The narrator doesn't help either; it sounds like she's reading it because it's her job, not because she likes what she's doing. A really well-written book, I think, can survive a mediocre narrator and vis-versa. A mediocre book and narrator aren't a good mix.