WOW! I don't know what to say...
I absolutely love David Weber's work and Peter Larkin is one of my favorite performers, but the wheels really fell off this one. I don't blame Mr. Larkin, he did his best. He is very polished, but this book, like some other types of matter, just can't be polished.
This is the first co-authored Weber/Flint series I have started and I choose to believe that the co-author, Eric Flint, wrote the entirety of this novel and David Weber made the monumental mistake of signing off on it before reading the thing. The first offering was not on the same level as the Safehold, Honor Harrington or Prince Roger series, but good all the same. This one can knock the stink off a gut wagon.
I loved every other book I read, but this one was like reading a book report about a book report. SLOW. About 10 minutes of interesting action. The rest was backstory or internal monologs.
Narrator was fine
The first 15 hours
I ended up just listening to this book while I was working. Since my work requires reading and writing all day long, and I was still able to follow the story, there wasn't a lot of substance that required close attention.
I got the book because I have liked other things by Weber, but ouch. Next time I will pay more attention to other reviews.
because I am a big Weber fan. I haven't made more than an hour dent in it. There are so many characters and connections that I'm going to have to try to read this and make notes. The reader is flat and everything runs together.
Wonderful book. The narrator on the otherhand speaks way to fast and his fake accents are horrible. In some places pretty much impossible to make out what is actually being said.
I have enjoyed many of webers books, but this one just goes on and on and on on political background and I could not keep any interest in it