Narrattive ability of the person reading this book.
Several people have noted the sub-standard performance of the narrator, especially the correct pronunciation of Manticoran, which is Manti-CORE-an, not, never, Man-TICKER-an. Some others have said, what's the big deal. Allow me to opine that an AUDIBLE book narrator needs to deliver a vocal performance as good as the written performance by the author. How in the world the narrator went from saying it right when she meant the Kingdom of MantiCORE, and then totally butchered it when talking about the ManTICKERan fleet is simply beyond me. I guess if Audible had done this in Lord of the Rings (haven't heard it yet) and the narrator consistently called hobbits hobos, and wizards wisemen, everyone would have said, oh no big deal? I really hope Audible will rectify this as I have heard that there are movie projects in the works for Honor Harrington, and I really, REALLY hope they don't pick up this narrators spin on the series.
Anger, Surprise (How exactly do you get this wrong?).
I will not be buying additional Honor Harrington Books or any other audible books by this narrator again.
I realize that a lot of people like these books but they are not for everyone. That being said... I did not care much for the narrator but unlike must who have reviewed it I actually liked her narration better than the story itself!
Honor Harrington as a character was uninteresting to me. She is super good at everything she does and her major flaw is that she underestimates her looks. I bet Weber wouldn't have spend so much time describing the "unique beauty" of the main character if it was a male. Speaking of males, because Honor is so self-righteous and perfect she gets a lot of male enemies who are all obviously very wrong about her and just want to make her look bad. Fortunately for Honor she is still perfect so the reader quickly realize that she'll always manage. She is perfect to a point where I just can't believe in the story. Weber really likes phrases like "She is a damn good officer". And he uses them. A lot.
Even if you like Harrington (and I know a lot of people do) the story has some other issues. If you don't like long descriptions of how spaceships and space strategy works in Honorverse you should probably just skip the novel. Did I mention long, stuffy descriptions? Yes I did. There is a lot of them and on every possible subject. I do sometimes like novels with "boring facts" about how things work, but this is very overdone.
If you can stand Harrington and can manage to stay awake during some of the more fine details of spacetravel there is actually a good story under all the foam, if you look for it hard enough. Weber is not a bad author (I like other of his novels better than this one), he just needs to be edited harder in these particular books. I did listen to the second and third book in hope of the series getting better, but it was more of the same.
If you are a fan of this series, you already love it (I like some questionable things myself) but if you aren't, think carefully before buying this book.
A friend recommended the series, but after reading the reviews I was so nervous to get this as an audiobook. I'm glad I did, and I'm on my third book in the series. Sure, the narrator is kind of oddly stilted and in the beginning DOES sound like the Macbook voice reading. But I think either she hits her stride partway through or I adapted; either way it doesn't take much away from the story. Honor Harrington is a great heroine and the story is pushed along by the interactions of people with just the occasional dollop of space-math jargon. If you read both printed and audio books, maybe go print edition for this one, but if like me you only listen to audiobooks (commuting!) then don't pass this series by.
This was a pretty good story, but the narrator read almost every sentence with the same newscast-like intonation, which in an adventure story, I found annoying.. Also the author ocassionally got carried away with technical detail which was a bit of a snore. Otherwise just a good old fashioned sci fi story about a fine, upstanding, smart, straight up guy struggling against idiocy and never giving up. Kinda reminded me of Matt Dillon of the old Gunsmoke shows. Aways bucked up and did right, no matter how hard, or who opposed him. Kicked butt when necessary. Only this time it was space, and the guy was plunked into a woman's body.
I got the book because I love reading space opera and naval adventure...so this book should have been a sure-fire hit.
The book itself was fairly well written and engaging. But the narrator! The whole book sounded like badly-dubbed anime...random accents, gruff "male" voices, and an exaggerated sing-song narration style that was so annoying that I had to grit my teeth and listen to the book in spite of it.
If there had been a different narrator, I'd give the book 4 stars...as it is, 2 is the most I can manage.
I have been a fan of the Honor Harrington books for a very long time, and continue to await new titles in the series. I was eagerly anticipating the books becoming available on Audible, and have either purchased or wish listed all of them. This anticipation was sadly quashed by listening to this, the first in the series. The narrator has far too many mispronunciations, clearly marking her as unfamiliar with either military terminology or with science fiction, whether she is or not, and evidence of very sloppy editing. I regularly listen to audio books during my daily commute, and do not recall ever hearing so many blatant mispronunciations. In addition, some of the character voices do not ring true for a long time reader of the series.
I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)
but why does Honor Harrington have to have a high-pitched hysterical little girl's voice, full of, I don't know, pretense? falseness? Is she supposed to be in the throes of puberty or what's this about?? There's not a shred of authority in that voice, not a shred of sincerity, and it makes the mental picture of Honor Harrington in my head quite ridiculous.
This especially bothers me since none of the other female (or male) characters in the audio have such a silly voice. It's just...unfortunate to do that to the main character.
Good story (and so are the next ones in the series) - decent character development - very weak science, but when you encounter FTL travel you are forced to suspend a lot of reality - however, it is obvious that neither the author nor the director of the narration have reasonable knowledge of military ranks or the tactics of battle - oh well there are worse sins, such as the narrator who reads descriptive text well and in a generally pleasing tone, but whose characters' voices are disgraceful. Honor frequently sounds like a whining, slightly nasal, pre-pubescent little girl. Most of the other female voices are poor to fair, but the male voices are horrid. Worst of all is that there is little differentiation between characters even with regard to the sex of the speaker and a multi-character discussion is very difficult to follow.
I LOVE the Honor Harrington books but I found myself flinching everytime the reader pronounced "Manticoran" She says man-TICK-oran instead of Manti-CORAN. I almost bypassed the rest of the series because of this.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed this book enough to look forward to the second in the series. It is a bit slow in the beginning, where it goes into a lot of pseudo-technical gibberish in great detail for some unknown reason. Nevertheless, hang in there. It gets better, and, all in all, is a very entertaining read. The narrator's fine, although there seems to be no logic for the dialects she chooses to differentiate the characters. Ah well, it serves its purpose I suppose, and I don't see the point in being hypercritical of light reading. Relax and enjoy!