1st mistake: They didn't use Allyson Johnson as they had for all the honor harrington books so the pronounciation changed for many of the names as well as the personality of the characters.
2nd mistake: The narrator has such a big change between when he's projecting and reading normally and when he's speaking softly that I had to constantly amp up the volume of my ipod.
If you enjoyed Honor Harrington stuff...dont download this audiobook.
the story of the origin of Torch is a good one
It moves well
concise, Narration, unfeeling
Mr. Larkin is a good narrator, but I do not think his was the correct voice for this book. I would listen to him all day in a factual book or if the book had been written as if the narrator was a newsy reporting on what was happening. He is quite believable as a news reporter but this book was written from the view of someone on the inside with all the emotion that it entailed which I do not believe Mr. Larkin was able to carry off.
To be honest, I almost stopped reading Crown of Slaves, because it was going very slow and, since I had just finishing the 14 books of the Honor Harrington series for the third time, was not too sure I liked Mr. Larkin's narration. After listening to Ms. Johnson's portrayal of the various voices, it was hard to relate to Mr. Larkin's. However, as the story progressed, I was able to transcend the voice issues and then finally the story began to get active and I was hooked.
Although I would have preferred to have Ms. Johnson narrate, to keep the same "actors", Mr. Larkin performed very well and I look forward to the rest of the series.
Beaver Lake Bonner
This story line is a great way to fill in the details of the struggles of the slaves of Mesa. Full of great hidden messages about the struggle of the Downcast people all over over all of time.
The story was great. The narrator was also good, but quite a shocking change from the narration for the main series. Many names are pronounced completely differently.
One of my favorite sci-fi universes has been the Honor Harrington universe. I've read and listened to all the books in the main series and thoroughly enjoyed them all. So I decided to start on the Torch side story to fill in some of the gaps leftover from the main storyline dealing with Victor Cachet and Anton Zilwiki.
I read the book then downloaded the audio book. Like I said in the title of this review Great Story, Disappointing Reader. I've listened to some other books that Peter Larkin has read, and while not what I call a top tier reader, he does a decent job. On this book though he was definitely the wrong man for the job. With constant mispronunciations and total lack of enthusiasm for the reading, it made for an irritating and disappointing listen. If you're a fan of Allyson Johnson and her reading of the main series, all I can say is be prepared for a major let down. You would have thought that Larkin would have at least have listened to some of the main series reading to at least provide some consistency in character name pronunciation and personality, but it is evident that he didn't. Worst of all the producers didn't catch the mistakes either.
So while it is definitely worth the listen, be prepared for a much lower quality product.
P.S. The most disappointing part was Larkin's reading of Oversteegin's parts. Very very disappointing.
Good adjunct to Honoverse series
The narrator's voice kept going up and down so low that it was impossible to hear at times.
I am listening to the follow up book now. Unfortunately, it has the same narrator.
Not for me.
I thought it would be along the lines of his other books and I was sadly mistaken. Way too much talk no action. I quit at chapter 5.