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 was fascinating. So many awesome characters (Berry, Ruth, Tandy, Viktor Cachet, W.E.B du Havel, etc.), nicely paced, great scheming, but the naration was a bit lacking. I'm used to Alyson Johnson's (narrator for the main Honpr Harrington series) mastery of many voices, adequate pace and tone of voice. Peter Larkin's voice was hurried, with uneven tone (sometimes he sounded excited/hysterical even though he read "said impassively" or "his/her voice was calm", etc.) he doesn't have such a big variation, some of the voices in his delivery sounded funny (not the good kind).
I dearly missed pauses between chapters. It would be much better if there was more time than one inhale between the last sentence of a chapter and "Chapter X" (beginning of the next).
Nevertheless I enjoyed the story very much, despite the narration issues, it gave me more insight into the Honor Harrington universe, I got to know multitude of diverse and interesting characters and exciting stories happening in different star nations. Emotions ran high with the topic of slavery and breathtaking adventures of the Amazons, Tandy and Viktor, and the two princesses.
Towards the end of the book I got used to the voice, and although some of the voices the narrator tried to differentiate sounded over the top, almost parodic, and the nonexistent pause between chapters still got on my nerves, I have to say it was a quite okay naration.
The story was convoluted. it in passing introduced characters and circled back to them chapters later. it doesn't really explain the more important parts of this offshoot story to the main storyline. I had to stop multiple times and listen to entire other books just to make it through.
I've been a fan of both Weber and Flint for years. This is my first experience with Larkin's narration, and I'm quite disappointed. Understand, he's not a bad narrator. He's really not. However, I've listened to the 13 books of the Honor Harrington series as narrated by Allyson Johnson, and I've become accustomed to certain things. Pronunciations, accents, and voices of certain characters. It seems as though Larkin wanted his own spin, and while that's understandable, it's disjointing to hear the clash of styles. All in all, I'd have rather heard Johnson narrate all the Honorverse books.
Ginny Usher forcing Anton Zilwicki into full retreat.
Find a way to have Allyson Johnson narrate the rest of the series.
It's a good book. It really is. My only complaint is the narration.
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.