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!
Having listened to many audio books I find that fior a david weber book this one actually reads fairly well. My main complaint is the way the narattor pronounces manticoran, which frankly drives me bats. Frankly David Weber tends to have large expository lumps in his novels which makes them awakward for audio books. I read this novel quite a few times and am presently surprised that it reads as well as it does. All in all I wish that one of the other fine narrators found here on audible had read this work.
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.