I have given her bad reviews before, but this is a good story but i cant get into her mail voices and short prissy voice. im sure shes good just not the narrator for me and SF stuff. ill have to go and read the DW books instead of listen.
As an avid lover of military sci fi, I was at first skeptical about any book that was daring enough to name its lead character "Honor". The sort of self promoting lack of creativity was either going to be very good or very bad.
Having enjoyed the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell, A solid military soap opera series with superior action and characters although a bit heavy on the hero worship.
Based on the strength of that series and my chance engagement with it based on reviews, I took a chance on this series.
How wrong I was. I will get my money back and here is why;
1 - the only good thing in this book is perhaps the few series of action sequences which were perhaps 3-4 in total. The book spends so much time describing faces, features and nonsensically unimportant internal thoughts that did nothing to improve the dialogue other than highlight what the author thought (incorrectly I might add) you would be interested in. I don't need to know the angular features of every characters face when that time could be better spent detailing their motivations, spheres of thought and other thing that let me fill in the blanks and think through the story.
2 - The painfully obvious disdain the author has of liberals and the incredibly stupid inconsistency between the behaviors he attributes to liberal ideas versus the real world reality of those ideas. If you are an "Anne Coulter" worshiping, "military can do no wrong" believing, Hero worshiping conservative, you may (and I say "may" since that is also no guarantee) like this book.
3 - The authors continual insistence of referencing God and religion in various areas of this book in ways that would make any real Sci-fi follower cringe. This author is either a devout religious fanatic or maybe has a very strong religious influence that they cant objectively keep out of science fiction. In truth, if you are super religious, I don't really know how you can write "Science fiction" objectively, and it shows in this book. I suppose, now in retrospect, I probably should have realized this after the first few negative references to liberals that the ol' religious angle wouldn't be too far off.
I wanted to like this book. But the more I listened to the shrill mouse-like voice attributed to the title character, the mind numbing disdain this author has for liberals and the sheer unabashed insertion of religion in what was claimed as a science fiction story, I honestly have no choice but to get my money back.. If I wanted a sermon masquerading as sci fi while spreading barely disguised conservative propaganda, I would go to a church or listen to a televangelist explaining their take on science.
I am sure this author meant well and truthfully meant to write what they believe. in my opinion, mixing religion blatantly in a one sided way with Science fiction is not is more of a bait and switch that diminishes both subjects and leaves a deeply flawed premise for what ends up a deeply flawed story. Hero worship and God worship are not the same thing and this author will do well to remember this on other stories. This book however has left a bad enough impression for me that I am not sure I would give this authors work another try.
If you are considering getting this book, don't waste your credit. Get "The Lost Fleet" instead, or anything in the star wars series.
A good way to get through the work day.
The plot to this story was very good. Though I thought the story as a whole could have been better.
I had no big reaction.
She did a good job portrying the characters in the story.
No, it wasn't that good.
I have listen to the first 2 books and this first one is much better then the second. I could not wait for the second book to end. It was that bad.
The story line was good, but all the overwelling details had me tuning out. Details are great if they add to a story or paint a clear picture for the reader, but in this case it was just words taking up space on a page.
Allyson did a great job as the narrator, I will look for more books she has done..just not this series.
Although I enjoyed the book overall, I got extremely tired of all the explanations of how this or that worked, and why, and how, and eventually started skipping over these parts. The book should have been a third shorter, with all the explaining taken out, to be a really great read.
I am new to this series and could not finish the first book. I found the military explanations long winded and dull, the action predictable, the minimal interpersonal interactions standard, and the narrator is really very bad. I was prepared for her to be bad from the reviews, but she really is hard to take. I might have been able to tolerate the reader if the story was any good, but I just don't see what other reviewers see in this book. Read Leviathan Wakes if you are looking for good adventure SF.
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills
Quite a good book, exciting. I wish the background characters had been more developed, but Honor's a bit larger than life and her personality (and the politics & history) managed to fill the void for me.
It's a bit difficult to follow the 'science' when listening to the audio (may be better to actually read the book as well). The author places a lot of emphasis on the tone of Honor's voice so it's a bit annoying that the narrator's performance is so dissimilar.
Very good story, but I think I would have gotten more out of the written version.
I love this series. I was really excited to see it here on Audible -- I could listen to one of my favorite series while I knit. It was so disappointing to settle in and listen to this narrator. I tried to ignore the unnecessary accents she put on some characters.
When she pronounced "Manti-COR-an" as though it were "Man-TIC-eran", I was finished. I demanded a refund and will not be purchasing any more of the books in the series. This narrator should be fired.
The book itself is excellent. It opens a wonderful series which is still going. I highly recommend *the book*.
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.