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.
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.
Lots of good and interesting characters. Kris is head strong and very determined. Lots of fun.
I love her performance of all the characters. Very enjoyable.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This book left an odd taste in the mouth and it is a shame because I thought the universe Mike Shepherd created had great potential. We have a futuristic society where humans have expanded across the galaxy. There is mention of another alien race and a conflict between Earth and the Rim worlds. Also there is a heroine who is coming into her own person wanting to detach herself from the reputation of her family and showing her true mettle. She is brave and there is opportunity for her to be a leader. However, the execution of this book was off and this one fell short of my expectations. The main character doesn't have quite the mature commanding presence and tactical genius of a Honor Harrington. The story doesn't have the cohesion and intrigue of a Miles Vorkosigan novel. And the battles lack the suspense and excitement of a Prince Rogers or Black Jack Geary book. In short, I thought the characters and stories fall a little flat compared to these other greats.
The title "Mutineer" seems like an after thought. Most of this story is about Kris Longknife's career in the military. The story starts off with a rescue mission. Next, she is transported to an alien world. As the lowest ranking marine officer, Kris finds herself in a position where the military is doing everything wrong and this situation forces her to take charge, fix things, and show her leadership skills. In the very end of this book Longknife finally escapes her planet side marine life and enters the bridge of a spaceship in a possible entanglement with an enemy fleet. During these adventures she is also facing outside threats against her life by a mystery group or person.
It seemed like many of the pieces were there but a massive editing job was needed. The characters all gave Kris Longknife a hard time because she comes from a privilege background, so in this respect the book is similar to Lois McMasters Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series. However, Kris is very distant with her family and her choice to join the military was not a popular one. The story didn't really elicit any emotional responses, such a sympathy, for the main character for me. Parts of this book seemed off and at times un-fullfilling. And there were moments I tuned out for a little bit. Also, I thought the ending was anticlimactic and poorly done because it felt fake a bit forced. In the end Kris seems to be more lucky than smart. I have no motivation to download the next book, but I am up to giving Shepard a second chance if a sale comes along.
A good narrator can help make a mediocre book great. This narration might have hindered the listen. The different accents were not particularly enjoyable to listen through.
A less distracting narrator. Seriously, I listened to the sample and thought it was "not so good, but doable". 10 minutes in I realized I was BADLY mistaken.
Trying to return it now.
No. While I'm sure she's done some wonderful work, I'm not looking to taking any chances.
Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes
I almost didn't get passed the first chapter because the narrator was such a drama queen, but I toughed it out. The story is good, so I'll try the next in the series. Hope the narrator tones it down, though.
Too much...drama, voice, passion
When the main character Kris, a newly minted officer, leads marines she’s known for only four days on a hostage rescue, I thought I was reading the story of a degenerating navy and the people caught in the drama surrounding. By the time Kris successfully leads a platoon of untrained rear echelon, many of whom have never fired a rifle before the day, against 200 desperate locals, on their home ground… I was pretty sure the author hadn’t done much research on how such things usually go. The sci-fi elements seem equally poorly considered. It’s just not well thought out.