The reader. I could not finish this book. I love the series, and I had listened to the audio books read by...I think it was Madaline Bizzard, and it was not perfect, but WAY better than this one. I sadly could not bring myself to listening beyond the first hour. The different character "voices" seemed forced and the pronunciation was jarring. And little things also drag me out of the story, like the adjective for manticore "Man-Tah-Kor" which is pronounced "Man-Tah-Kor-in" coming our as "Man-Tick-Or-In". As the main character is in the Martacoran Navy, is a Mantacoran citizen using Manticoran technology as well as a Mantacoran nobel, the word comes up a lot.
I am a big David Weber fan, but have only read his books so far. This was the first audible one from him. The story dragged on too long with too many unimportant details and the narrator was terrible in her voices. I have over 63 audio books and this was one of the very few books I could not finish to the end. I will try to pick up a copy of the book to read but in no way can I think about listening to this again. Be warned.
I was very critical of the previous book. I got about 13 hours into this one and couldn't go any further. I had a pretty bad taste in my mouth after the contrived situation that led to resumption of hostilities in book 10. That, plus more lambasting of Republic of Haven forces with little or no causalties or damage really turned me off. Weber was in his element with space combat, but even that sucks now.
I hate this three way love story between Harrington, Alexander and Alexander's wife which culminated in a marriage and a baby. WTF?
I blew my top after the attempted assassination of Harrington on the bridge of her starship. A special agent came onboard to lead the investigation. He dismissed Harrington's assertion that the assassin was compelled. Now, we all know that Harrington is right, and the special agent was wrong. From his perspective, however, he was correct in his assumption that Harrington was distraught. Anyway she lambasts the special agent, and uses all her rank to get him fired. I found that to be impossible because any military agent/police will tell you that there is a difference between rank and authority. In this case, the special agent had clear authority. In the real world this guy would have told Harrington, "Your concerns are noted, now shut the f@ck up, I'm in charge."
Alas, that didn't happen.
Instead, husband Alexander shows up. And these two lame brains figure out the entire assassination plot. So Harrington has expanded her considerable expertise into the realm of military counter intelligence, and that was without any training. Now we get to chalk up another tally on Honor Harrington's list of amazing accomplishments.
Besides a boring storyline, Honor Harrington's list of amazing accomplishments has killed the series for me, because to me she is perhaps the most boring character in the history of literature. We need her to have a weakness, or at least have poop that actually stinks to make her somewhat resemble a human being.
I couldn't take more than an hour of this, and I love long books. This was wordy, with ill-defined characters I didn't care about. This was my first listen by this author, and my last. An hour into it, I couldn't tell who the main character was. If you want science fiction with characters you can picture, try the Miles Vorkosigan series by Bujold - absolutely no comparison.