Every character talks the same. I don't mean the narrator, I mean the dialog. Everyone across the known galaxy, no matter what planet they are from, use the same words and talk in the same way.
People say "Indeed, it is!" and "I see" all the time. This really drives me nuts. I mean if one character liked to say stuff like this, I'd get it, but everyone, even the backwards folks from obscure planets talk like this.
And everyone feels the need to clarify everything they say constantly, in the event that there is a small risk, and by risk I specifically mean a possible communication breakdown, that you might misunderstand, and/or accidentally misconstrue, misinterpret, or otherwise not quite correctly comprehend the intended meaning of what they are trying to tell you.
Yeah, that's how characters talk. It's like a book about robot space laywers. They almost all talk the same, and very few characters stand out with any kind of personality other than some obvious background traits that seem to have no effect on how they act or behave, like : 'this guy is good with a plasma gun' or 'this guy used to be a smuggler'
No. I mean, the plot was ok, but that was about it.
She's ok. I had no problems with the narration.
It's a plot, with robotic characters plugged in. The plot was ok.
I'll read anything, fiction, nonfiction, sci fi, mystery, young adult, even a romance if it is well written.
The story is a little heavy in technical descriptions and battle detail for my taste. The narrator's various accents are very strange, but they are consistent. The story is good and is what kept me going through the first three of the series, but I was disappointed by the somewhat flat handling of character interactons and motivations.
Best: the story
Least: the narration
The narrator has an odd way of emphasizing too many words. So that there seem to be quotation marks around phrases - not required by the storyline.
The voice chosen for the lead character sounds like a petulant teen. The narrator's own baseline voice would have been a better choice. Captains don't whine.
Read it in print and return the audiobook.
Narration can make or break an audiobook. American narrators often have an odd inflection, that I don't hear in narrators from the UK. It's as if they think it has to be "really serious."
The interaction between Honor and the crew. She was facing some difficult choices, and like any commander, some were life threatening. She chose to commit her forces, even though success was not guaranteed.
When she had to commit a ship to the fight, when she knew it may be destroyed, but it was necessary for mission success.
When she was awarded controll over one of the agro domains.
This is an interesting take on what it would be like to serve in a space Navy. This is the second, and hearing the first may be helpful, but I had trouble keeping up with where we were and if the enemy was speaking, or not. Suggest you keep a list of characters as you go. The performance was good, but not great. The voice was picked for the heroine, but it didn't morph well into the other characters' personnas. Lots of death and blood and space battles, with redeeming honor.
Enjoyed it, but don't think I will get the rest of the series.
Miscast. Clarity. Misplaced emphasis. That's four.
I liked the feminist twist to a sci fy story. If you like excellent description of combat between battleships, you'll like this book. The star ships maneuver like sailboats at light speed in a vast three dimensional ocean. Cool, but not really my thing.
The protagonist is a female captain in the royal navy of her planet Manacor ( wasn't that the name of an evil company, in the TV series "Angel," who made super soldiers of children and put bar codes on their necks?) Anyway, Honor battles her way out of impossible situations directly or indirectly against the socialist planet "Haven." The two planetary systems vie for territory in the form of other inhabited planets.
In this particular book Honor comes up against two planets where the men totally subjugate the women. So Honor has to save a planet for people who won't accept her against an even more fanatical planet.
Sometimes there is a phrase in a book that really kicks one out of the books and causes one to think about the phrase thus not listening to the book. Honor, the protagonist, periodically folds her "arms under her breasts." I am a woman and I can't figure out how to do that. I can hod my arms under my breasts but fold them? No. Perhaps Honor has extra long upper arms or maybe her breasts are extra high and perky, up closer to her shoulders... Well the men in the book only fold their arms but Honor has to fold hers under her breasts. Well, I thought maybe someone would have given the author a clue but again in the second book still has Honor doing it again while men merely fold their arms.
Okay, David Weber's series is feminist and for that I applaud him but it is written for teenage boys. Lots of action. I guess teenage boys do need to learn that women are created equal.
Narrator makes this darn near the bottum of all thr audio books I have ever listen to, and that's hundreds.
Barabara rosenblatt she does not read in nearmonotones and more importantly she can pronounce names correctly! Allyson can't or won't pronounce manticorean correctly.she can pronounce manticore correctly. The way she pronounces manticorean she might as well be saying manhole.
This is. My favorite Honor book, its reaally too bad the narrator is AHFUL. I can deal with near monotone reading, I can handle the minor differences in the sound of her mens voices and females (she does far better than I could with that). But what really upsets me and takes away a lot of my enjoyment with it iswhat can only be a deliberete mispronouncement of names! Here's. The BIG onr she can pronounce manticore correctlywhich is the name of the main star kingdom in which the story is set. But she can't pronounce it when you add an
I will probably take a break from the Honor Harrington series for a while, but I may go to book three in the series in the future, to give Harrington one more try.
The Honor of the Queen was a disappointment compared to the first book. The book revealed a painful bias on the part of the authors against religious devotees that distracted from an otherwise intriguing plot line. Portraits of the antagonists were two-dimensional and forced. Weber seem to have more difficulty describing battle scenes clearly.
Johnson started off well, became more monotonous,and then improved markedly after Harrington's injury demanded a speech impediment.
I appreciate the emphasis on personnel convictions and leadership integrity,which can have real-time implications.
I am an older adult, but this book may appeal more to young adults or younger military personnel.