Story is not bad, but maybe ½ could have been deleted. Don't yet know if I'll move on to book two....maybe read some reviews 1st.
Both the writer & the narrator seem to be of the same mind. I can relate so completely to so much of the book: I'm not a "C"hristian, & can see the clear parallels at work today; I'm a Libertarian & can relate to the socioeconomic struggles that are made so much more difficult by the strictures of the Established Church; I've got an extensive history with the navy, sailing, chemistry, physics, self-defense & as a marine technical service business owner (so the phrases & logic used are clearly accurate: he's plainly gotten his feet wet before!) not to mention I'm also quite familiar with the subtle & ironic twists that switching genders involves: I'm a transsexual. This book was more of a pleasure and a thrill to read than I anticipated... I'm looking right now for the next one... c'mon, there's gotta be a next one! For you I'd do both a sweeping hat's-off bow as well as a full courtsey! WELL DONE!
This story is well worth five stars. The story contains the usual consistency of plot, character development and novel thinking (Pardon the pun) of David Weber. The narrator is far and away the best I've had the pleasure to listen to. He has clearly read the book and understands the characters.
... but I cannot stand by and read the trash reviews of this book. Okay, it is slow but I'm sorry it is not a comic book - literature actually takes development. It is certainly not great literature but it is well written, explores some moral and ethical issues, and has a good action plot. If you want your resolutions at the bottom of each page don't read this book. If you want action, thought, character development and at least a moderately challenging paradigm - enjoy!
I was so disappointed in this book. It was too drawn out and there was way too much detail to read and those parts were terribly boring to say the least. I will not be buying any of the other books from this author because I want a story - any story - to MOVE not stand still and bore me to DEATH.
I stuck through this book through a miserable commute. With little else to do in the car I have a high tolerance for slow stories. This pushed the limit. I'd buy the abridged version or skip it.
I did like the story that developed but they're going for a 7 book series that may take the rest of your life to listen to if you can stick with it. I wont be buying the sequels.
I have enjoyed David Weber's books for years and looked forward to having one on CD. This is not even close to his best work. There are hours of rather dull dialog which doesn't advance the plot by much. This is broken up with very occasional bits of action that have perhaps a bit too much gore than is useful. Don't give up on this author just because of this below average work.
If we hadn't been trapped on a 6000 mile road trip with no other book in the audiolibrary, we never would hve finished this one. The author may have been the darling of his creative writing teacher in middle school, but he hasn't advanced beyond that. Nearly all nouns had at least two-- sometimes three--adjectives; adverbs were liberally sown through the extended sentences. One had to wonder if the inhabitants of the planet had a genetic neurologic tic disorder: they constantly shrugged, grimaced, narrowed their eyes, and performed various antics with their eyebrows. The plot was advanced (by millimeters) through lengthy conversations about planetary politics and technology. One could almost see the author outlining the movie scenario. The main characters were stereotypes--the stalwart handsome prince, the noble king, the nefarious enemies, and the invincible hero. The latter had been the only female character, but was aparently forced by circumstance to become a robo-dude. The whole trip, I kept apologizing to my husband for having picked this one.
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! The ideas, presentation, and narration are absolutely fabulous. I am listening to the 2nd book (having listened to many others in between) and realized how spectacular in comparision not only is the story but the narration - he is the best narrator. How suprised I was to discover the author is the narrator...I was hoping it wasn't because I was going to buy my next book based on the narrator...oh well
This is turning out to be a truely great series!
The parallels to the March Upcountry series are gratuitous. Despite that, it's a great story and I look forward to the rest of the series.
To predict whether you will enjoy this story, imagine the uncontested power of the Dark-Ages Catholic Church devoted to the goals of Greenpeace. If that idea intrigues you, then you will hate this story. If it makes you shudder, then give Armageddon a listen.