I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.
Character development for a start, a story line that was less predictable would have also lent some entertainment value.
I bought and listened to three of them, and I had just as well have listened to one three times. The scenery changes, but the story line stays the same. One dimensional characters, as deep as the print on this page.
The reader did well, and hopefully she will show up on other books.
It is a straight up space opera, but could have been much more. I like the genre immensely, but a little more authorship was expected.
A delightful read. A little predictable in spots, but the overall book was very good. Enough interest to purchase the next book in the series for sure!
The main character is a bit larger than life, but it was fun following her through the books plot. The voice acting was very well done incorporating some very distinct voices for each character, making it very easy to know who was talking.
imho - ymmv
On the story itself - yes, I generally got sucked in and will likely try another in the series. Characters are I think better rounded than Honor Harrington, but the plotting not a shade on something like Vatta's War.
As for the audiobook - I almost dropped it as Dina Pearlman's narration was a real grind: No, not everyone needs to sound like a pre-pubescent valley girl; she can't pull off a Scottish accent for chips; and when the text says "she mumbled" then don't ignore the stage direction!
I think the audiobook producer must have been asleep at the wheel. However persistence paid off and by the end of the book I'd pretty much sublimated my narration hangups.
SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
Another space opera retelling of the Horatio Hornblower tale. David Weber plainly admits that Honor Harrington was imagined from the tales of the original HH. This is another saga painted with the same colors. However, Shepherd is a good story teller so it is entertaining. if you've never read the Honor Harrington books go ahead and enjoy. If you have, be forewarned rabid fans of Weber might be a little put off.
It's not a clip it's a magazine! Oh wait, she got it right that time. What do you mean her clip was empty? Clips are just things that hold rounds together for loading in to a magazine. A clip can't in the rifle when it is firing... with the single exception of the M1 Garand. The words mean different things and you are using them wrong.
Apparently the only military men this reader has ever heard were angry, sarcastic and threatening. Even the senior officers, when in a good mood, can't say anything without trying to make it sound like an angry insult. Was the book really written that way? If you try the words again without the sneering delivery they sound kind of reasonable.
The story? Lacks credible progress. If you discover a plot where major interests appear to be funding the attacks you don't then ignore it while allowing what appears to be another attempt at furthering their ends to proceed unopposed. Is everyone in this universe stupid?
I haven't finished it yet. The reading has currently irritated me to the point where I can't continue. I don't know whether I'd ever listen to this reader again. Probably not.
A Tough Female Hero coming of Age and overcoming her family and inner demons
Very Well Read and Engaging!
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
Sometimes it's just the wrong moment. This should have been good and it's gotten good reviews. But it didn't grab me. I might give it another try at another moment.