So far I am in the middle of the book and I almost feel like a little kid that someone is reading me the book. The narrator sounds like she is reading to children. I am having a hard time listening to the book.
This book reminds me of Moon's Vada series. It's okay to listen to but nothing remarkable. I found myself really not interested in any of the characters and beyond apathetic to the whole family rivalry plot line...
I do service work and do a LOT of driving. I enjoyed the first two of these audiobooks so much that I wound up listening to the whole series!
Light and fun, yet with some suspense. Author Shepherd manages to find situations different enough to keep the action interesting throughout the whole series.
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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.
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I suppose I got what I deserved buying this title based on two customer reviews, but those reviews couldn't be more wrong - perhaps they are plants.
The story was weak, preachy and un-inventive. The idioms used were straight from today - hardly sci-fi. The descriptions haphazardly complete in thought and imagery; in some cases excruciatingly detailed, in many others almost blank, in all cases dull.
The narrator is squeaky and she gives a Southern twang to even the Irish and Scottish characters. Ultimately this audio book feels like it was written and narrated by two women (yes Mike Shepard is a guy's name) who have never left the suburban Maryland neighborhoods in which they were born and raised (and never watched a sci-fi movie, let alone read a novel in their lives).
In retrospect this was a good lesson for me. Six books by Mike Shepherd all narrated by Dina Pearlman - neither have any other presence on Audible; that's should have been a warning sign...
I was hoping for a strong story line, intelligent characters and a rich narrative - especially a strong female character as was written in the review - but was bitterly disappointed.
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.
For those who like having a female character as the focus, this is another one to listen to.Having listened to the whole series available I can highly recommend this audio book. Finish this one and you won't be able to help yourself but download the rest of the series.
Yes, tells about the start of her career
Would've like a bit more development of the people around her
I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones
I am always willing to try again maybe a book written a few years down the line when he has had time to get his style nailed down as for the narrator she did not do to badly with what she had to work with.
it lacked substance. I see most people bash the military discipline (it WAS bad) but I can forgive almost any deviation from realism as long as the book is well written, this one was not. granted I did just finish listening to skin game from Jim Butcher and narrated by James Marsters and few can hold a candle to that duo but I had intended to just clear the palate with a short book before going onto another 20-30 hour book...I couldn't even finish it. the concept of her being put in charge of a backwater that she had to whip into shape reminded me of a poorly written attempt to copy on basilisk station by David weber. maybe if I had read this one first I would have enjoyed it more.
child's book narrator. I cant really say anything bad about her voice but the inflection and tone she uses just sounds well suited to children's books to me.
it wasn't really any one scene that ruined it for me, it was his writing style and ideas on how his military works. the views of the characters and reasons they do what they do just did not seem real to me.
I don't want to sound like an armchair expert by critiquing someone's work who is a far better writer then I will ever be, but I did not enjoy the book. I think it better suited to a younger crowd who wants excitement without any realism.