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.
System and software engineer from the UK now living and working in Silicon Valley.
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!
74 y o 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
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.
Love is a strong word, so lets just stay with I liked this book.
Kris and the Sergent
Very good narration
It's not Serenity, but then nothing is.
I liked the book
Yes. The voices and accents were so, so bad. Good effort, terrible execution.
I would cut out a lot of the technical explanations and stick to the plot... the very hard to follow plot. The almost indiscernible plot.
I'm not sure which was worse - the story or the narrator. The plot was hard to follow, the technical descriptions were long-winded and pointless, and the characters were not empathetic. The narrator did her best to alter her accent and tone to suit the specific person speaking, but it was painful to hear. Maybe it would be better to read instead of listen to, but I have no intention of finding out. I would not recommend this book.
Books speak to the soul.
I used to love Science Fiction many years ago and gradually went to other books. This was my first Sci-Fi book on audio & I must say that I loved it. There was plenty of action, adventure with a tiny bit of a hint of romance. The narrator couldn't do all the accents but did a credible job with her reading...let's just say that I have heard MUCH WORSE, many times so she gets 4 stars for her reading.
The storyline came with several points of view and politics played a huge part...just as it does in life. It was a credible story but with that being said... many times I knew what was going to happen before it did. However, I usually do - so there weren't many surprise factors. I attribute my knowing to reading / listening to books constantly & there just aren't many plot twists that haven't been done. The author had the military & politics perfectly.
Kris is a Naval Ensign with a long Military Family history to live up to which she does well. She has the additional burden of being from a wealthy political family & I liked her POV of what that felt like along with the jealousy and envy of others who see her only as a RICH LONGKNIFE.
Overall, it was an enjoyable listen...so much so that I did get another book in the series that was "on sale". Hopefully, some of the others will be on sale in the future & I'll flesh out the series.
I'm glad to say that this book made me want to read more Science Fiction. I didn't realize that I'd missed it that much.
I will be looking forward to reading the next book. As a fan of Honor Harrington, I think the series has promise.