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The plot is predictable and the narration is long wined and drags out the predictability to horrific lengths. Dina Perlman keeps pausing at awkward moments as she tries (and fails) to give the shallow dialogue some depth.
I am sorry, but I recommend that you skip this series. Try the Lois McMaster Bujold series instead.
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!
This gal is the prime minister's daughter and trying to make her mark on her own. interesting missions lead up to a final battle.
I really wanted to like this book but for me there were several problems. The main character had major problems but for me there were 2 big ones. The first was for me this character is a prime example of why guys shouldn't write female characters and vice versa. In a lot of ways the main character was just a guy with boobs. She didn't read like a female. The second problem was that she spends all the book trying to convince people that she isn't like her family and she acts like it the whole way. Arrogant and entitled. And even by the end of the book she'd come to think this was a good thing. To me it just made her more unlikable. Then there was the logic that was demonstrated by everyone. Maybe I just haven't read enough political fiction, but I couldn't fathom why people did the things they did in this book. I will be reading the next book but if its not better that will be it. I managed to finish this one but only through my will, not because of the book.
Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)
The narrators work, she gives the story something really good
The setting, the realistic and fascinating stage and performance of both main character and bi-characters
The favorite character was Chris Longnife
To get a big moment you got to have a big gasp before and after. This book dont, it kept me listening and just enjoying the entire story as it unfolded.
Mike Shepherd writes strong characters with engaging storylines. Once you get grabbed you have to find out what happens next. Can't wait to start the next book.
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.