I am an avid eclectic reader.
Jay Snyder is listed as the narrator but it is actually Kevan Parasal and he can not do women's voices. Parts of the story in this book have been in other books in the Honor series such as the opening battle where Mike's ship is so damaged she can not go into hyperspace with Honor. In the Honor book we see the events and conversation from Honors view point and the story goes on about Honor. In this book the events and conversation is from Mike,s point of view and the story then proceeds to tell about what happens to her after Honor leaves. It is interesting to look at the same events from a different person view point. There is some action and political intrigue so the story is interesting. I wish they would get a different narrator for this sub series.
Just when I got used to familiar voices, a new narrator comes along and makes my ears bleed.
Jay Snyder's female voices are excruciating as he speaks in a weird, hyper, false falsetto and tries to speak with an English accent.
In general, he narrates the entire book like he is being timed to see how fast he can speak and sitting on the edge of his seat about to fall off. I do not think he took a breath in the first 30 min of the book. I do not know about the rest of it, because I just could not stand listening anymore - I have tried about 6 times since purchasing, to no avail. He speaks so fast and in such a hyper-intense manner, its hard to follow the story.
I love the author, the book series, and got used to the female narrator on the previous Honor books, but I will not purchase again with this narrator.
I read/listen to relax, Jay Snyder's narration left me feeling like I had just run a 4-min mile in 30 seconds! Slow down dude and let the listener enjoy the book.
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 have worked in K12 education for over 25 years as a Psychologist and Administrator. I am now working as an Education Solution Specialist.
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.
This book, such as it is and what there is of it, will cause you to close your mouth with an audible click and give yourself a mental shake well before the other shoe drops.
Sorry I couldn't resist.
OK, being serious now, although the usual clichés riddle this book, over all it was a very well written and entertaining read. While some of the previous books are re-visited in the story line it does fill in some missing history and moves the main plot along nicely.
Jay Snyder did an awesome job with all the male voices, and all the characters were unique, understandable, and consistent. The only issue (for me) was that I listened to the whole main series read by Allyson Johnson, and the female characters here seemed to be a done in a falsetto that made it difficult for me to focus on the story instead of the voice. This got better as the book went on, and I stopped noticing as much and was able to immerse in the story.
I love the focus of the new series', digging into stories that were more glossed over in the main series. This whole universe is very immersive, and I've been very happy with every book so far. I usually walk to work (about 30 minutes each way), and I found myself not only getting upset when I had to drive (not as much time to listen) but also found myself walking more slowly at times so I had more time to listen. :)Excellent story, I was sad when I got to the end. Not because of anything in the story, but because it was over. That to me is often a mark of a good story/series.