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.
This is a great book that stands on its own, however, it will especially sing for fans of the extended Honorverse. Well worth the read.
Yes if they would read the book but the story is hard to listen to because of the terrible performance of Peter Larkin.
NO not ever
Unless Allyson Johnson is reading it as a re release NO
The storyline of Congo/Torch is essential to the Honor Universe. It is intricate enough to require three books but Honor has only cameo appearances in the stories because the timeline runs at the same time as some of the better Honor Harrington books. The facts discovered in these books help the reader with all the Honorverse books. Since it contributes so much I consider it a subplot and not a spinoff series. You could read the Honor books without these but you would really miss a great deal of the best of the reasons for the war between Haven and Manticore, the truth about the reasons behind genetic slavery, and the "rest of the story".