I am bewildered why Audible let this narrator do all three of the books in this excellent spin off from the Honorverse series. I have print copies of all the books, and they are a fun read.
This story is well developed and the text is written by a seasoned pro, so a solid 4 stars and 5 if you are a generous fan ... Eric Flint breathes new life into this new little branch of an aging series. You can look forward to listening to parts of this performance several times BECAUSE THE NARRATOR IS OFTEN UNINTELLIGIBLE.
I didn't find anyone taking credit as the director. That would have to be counted as a wise career move. But I am disappointed that the Audible technicians didn't tweak their equipment to compensate for Larkin's inability to speak sentences at a uniform volume. Regardless of content, the prevailing pattern is rising volume until the fourth word and then his voice slowly dies into soft mumbling. Perhaps he constantly turns away from the mic.
BTW - If you read the reviews of other books he has ruined, you get the same message from many of the posts. (And remember that Audible doesn't let you rate a book if you try it and then ask to return it, so the posted reviews have a bias toward "I liked it".)
I like david weber if i read his books. his honorverse narrator sends me up a wall. so when i saw this i jumped on it. but this is dragged out history lesson. if you love the honor verse you love it I'm sure. well written and narrator. just honestly not for me. only reason i ut 3 stars is its not fair to go any lower just because its not my type of book. Still a good book if you like extreme detail. but i didn't finish it,
That the story sounded like it would be interesting.
It has done the opposite & made me very skeptical of wasting my credits on another dud.
The story is confusing & boring. I kept waiting for it to 'turn the corner', but it never came.
He was monotonous & annoying to listen to.
It would be somewhere in the middle of my large library. I'd listen to it again, but it isn't a book I'll be craving.
I was pleased by Eric Flint's influence on David Weber's story. In more recent Weber books I get so tired of listening to every one of David Weber's characters taking deep breaths and shaking their heads to clear their minds of the long inner monologues he relies on to move the story...this was a refreshing change.
My mind wandered in some sections, I had to rewind and listen again, so no..I was not glued to the story on this one.
A worthwhile listen if you are a fan of the Honorverse but would like David Weber's style cleaned up a bit. It was an enjoyable listen.
Some of the accents are a bit strange and not consistent
Still a good David Weber story but with the addition of Eric FLint there seems to be too many long 'background explanations' - almost reminiscent of the mental soliloquies in daytime Soap Operas. If you have read the Honor Harrington books then most of this is not needed.
I have all of ( David Weber's ) BOOK,S. And I do not think he wrote one word of this crap.
The narration of this book was so bad that it detracted from the story. Get a better reader.
I have read/listened to a lot of books by David Weber. Most of his books I have liked a lot. However, if I were to judge his writing based on this book alone I would not recommend him.
Peter Larkin is just not a very good reader. There are times where he whisper so softly I could not understand what he is saying. Also, where most readers will pause for a second or two when a scene changes, Peter Larkin dose not even pause to take a breath.
I suppose this would appeal ot fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and, though set in the same universe, it is not an Honor Harrington story. Fans of the space opera might enjoy this story.
I found the reason this book was on sale. It was short on story and long on rehashing everything over and over. I felt like each idea or concept had to be discussed from every character's point of view. It made the book overly verbose and lacking in a stong story line to keep the pace going. The characters talk about everything, then spend minimal time actually doing those things.
Good characterization. Good distinction betweem character voices.
Too many to count.
Queen Elizabeth aka 'Sword of Steel' sounded like Minnie Mouse ..... or other female Disney character
Hopefully i wont hear it much! I liked the book and wanted to have somthing for the summer. Be Warned! Great book - narrator not so good
Crown of Slaves is a hypocritical wirlwind of a continuous, boring conversation.
Add some excitment