The narration is perhaps the worst part of this audio edition. I have all of Mr. Weber's Honorverse books in hardbound. Well almost. Will be getting those I lack soon. Have downloaded them from Baen as well.
My biggest gripe with the narrator is not his voices, few and sad though they may be, but his total lack of inflection. When a line in the books calls for excitement or shock or any other expression, the narrator plugs on through in an almost monotone. He is not the only narrator doing this. The narrator for Mr. Weber's Fifth Imperium series is even worse. In that series, not carried by Audible, the narrator has a halting manner in his reading and a lack of inflection and NO voices, all characters sound the same; male, female and alien.
Audible does not contract for the reading, but converts previously recorded material to mp3 or other format. Wish Audible had more influence with the publishers.
If I had picked this up as a book, I might have enjoyed it, but with this narrator, it was just so much babble. There was little or no difference between the voices used by the different female characters, so who was saying what to whom, became an issue many times.
If you love the series and can handle the bad narrator, then by all means get it, if you don't -- pass it up.
I was very disappointed in this book. There were far too many meaningless characters, which made it hard to follow. It seems like the author was constantly trying to build in some suspense or depth, but it never went anywhere. There was no imagination or creativity in terms of the plot or characters. The writing was extremely lacking in color and flow. If I hear someone say "on the other hand", "unfortunately", "honestly" or several other words or phrases that were used over and over and over I am might have to punch them. This is the first time I have ever skipped or fast forwarded through portions of a book and the interesting thing is that I didn't miss anything. What was really annoying was the fact that in a couple of places where the author could have added some excitement the situation was just skipped over.
Perfect... for the 12 year old girl with fantasies of becoming a diplomatic fashion correspondent. Some interesting theories on relativistic space warfare buried under mounds of mind numbing political intrigue and mono dimensional character analysis.
I must admit I am only 5 hours into it and am cheap enough to carry on so far but I wouldn't recommend it to an adult.
So far (I have listened to part one only) I absolutely hate this audio book. As there are so many females why is the narrator not a woman which would save the awful female voices he uses. The first half of part one deals with technical terms for space weapons and completely lost me in all the jargon. I will stick with it trough part 2 but I really don't anticipate it will get any better.
Do not, I repeat - do not buy this book. Ponderous, overblown, bogged down with incredibly insignificant detail, and lacking in any drama or action that would move the plot, if you can figure out what the plot is, forward.
Quite possibly the most boring book I've ever attempted.
30 hours long, and only the last 5 hours tell a story. Sadly they are simply a preface to some other book. A number of events are "set up" and in the end nothing happens. It is like Lions Game, insanely unsatisfactory. I am a big David Weber fan but large portions of this book are lifted, verbatim, from his earlier books. If you read reviews of the printed version,readers become confused as the transitions among the three warring civilizations are not noted. You are on the deck of a "good guy", then a "bad guy" then a "stupid puppet of the truly evil guys" and in the audible version it is impossible to keep the first 25 hours of the book straight. This is followed by a horrible do nothing ending where 5,000 things are ---- about to happen. Sad, a huge disappointment from a very capable author
David Webber's Honor Harrington series has got me hooked. I grabbed this book as a result of this and I'm a bit disappointed. Honor Harrington hardly appears in this book, however, I knew that going in. The problem is, these events have already been touched on in other Honorverse books and therefore feel a bit familiar. Unfortunately - the reader, Jay Snyder, does an amazing job as the 'narrator' - and the male parts within the book are quite good - but his female voices are not exactly spot on. If anything they sound like an imitation of a female voice and this is very distracting from what is otherwise a very good story. True Honorverse fans (like myself) will undoubtedly continue to listen to this one but it isn't the book I'd recommend someone just getting into the Honorverse to listen to.
First off, The narrator has the most ridiculous cast of female voices I have ever heard (Think Monty Python).
Secondly, Over the years I have really enjoyed the Honorverse series (with a couple of notable exceptions). However, this book reminded me of the incredibly boring War of Honor installment in this saga. Heavy on politics and political meetings, and very light on character development or even much action for that matter. Combine that with half the book being a re-hash of events previously presented in other books and you have a really long dull book.
The author needs an aggressive editor... Or he needs to be paid by the book and not by the word.
Did I mention the huge cliffhanger ending....
Avoid this. I don't think you are missing anything significant in the series.