I would listen again. Will finish the series before going back trough to see if there is anything i missed.
David Weber is a brilliant Sci-Fi autor and I have read most of his book. I also have almost all of the Honor Harrington Audiobooks. It was a shame that Madeline Buzzard became "unavailable" because she did a splendid job. After that they changed to Merry Cane which was OK. I just bought book 12 and 13 and Allyson Johnson simply ruins it. Her thick Texan accent dosent fit all story and the characters, so I have decided to return both books. 5 minutes was more than I could bear.
Read the book
Don't buy the audiobooks of Honor Harrington with Allyson Johnson.
I'm expecting every chapter in the next book to begin with "dear diary", have a pink cover with unicorns and hearts drawn in the margins and be insane with glitter. The series as a whole is wonderful, but weber is wasting a lot of pages delving into all of the characters feelings, i say waste because he could have gotten the point across with much fewer pages. more pages do not equate a better story, i found myself seriously wishing i had bought the ink and paper book just so i could skip the constant dialogue about how everyone was feeling. this book and the previous could have been at least a hundred pages and hours shorter and the reader/listener would not have missed a thing. do i recommend it, yes, i also recomend that you go make yourself a sandwhich or catch up on the news or something when they start talking feelings trust me you won't miss a thing.
I have been able to listen to a lot of the books narrated by a different reader who I greatly enjoyed. The narration here is quite different. This could have been OK but has turned out to be very annoying. This may be due to my preconceptions. I find the current pronunciation of "Manticorian" particularity annoying. I prefer "man-ti-cor-ian" not "man-tic-or-ian". This can be jolting as she always otherwise properly says "man-ti-core". Also her use of accents is childish. She has the Lords speak in an accent that belongs in the UK House of Lords circa 1900 not to mention the abomination of reading First Space Lord Caparelli with an Italian accent. In the future envisioned the only thing Italian about Caparelli is probably his name. Sorry for the rant.
I had begun to lose faith in David Weber. The last few books of his that I had read seemed to lack completeness. They were more like parts of an ongoing soap opera than actual novels. I was very cheered to read this book and find closure of plot lines that had dragged on for the last several books. To me this book was much more like the earlier Honor Harrington novels that I had fallen in love with.
I'm really not sure what all the buzz is about this book?!? I tried twice to get into it & just could not follow the plot like. Maybe it's me, but this was a complete waste of time & money...
This novel tends to wind and skip around randomly between settings, failing to tie together plot points as well as previous books of the series.
Sometimes the narrator's accents in this book get down right painful. I would have preferred her to just read the book with some variation of vocal pitch than have so many bad accents.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. this books is worth its cover. Look closely and you will know if this is the book for you. Check out the hat; it makes it all worthwhile.
Sadly, the only way Audible can gain a greater audience is to follow a competitor. That is to have a narrator read the book and have other voice actors read the various dialogs, giving more of a dramatization effect. Adding in some sound effects would enhance the experience. However, I can not see audible doing such. Check out Elizabeth Moon's dramatized Serrano series and you will see what I mean.
Well, we already know that she walks on water; so, nothing new there. I really could have done without the whole romance part. I will also say that if I have to listen to another 5 minute description of how a treecat signs he/she thinks you are funny, miserable, or whatever or of a lengthy description of how many pods get rolled with how many multidrive rockets and how many kps^2 their acceleration is compared with the awful bad guys' version, or how much the evil guys esteem Honor/Manticore, I am going to chuck my ipod into the nearest antimatter converter!
The narrator has about 3 or 4 different voices: plain old midwestern English, country/hillbilly English, pseudo-French English, and some other that I don't remember. Unfortunately there are many more characters and each accent appears for both the Manties (good guys) and Peeps (bad guys) and Mesa/Manpower guys (badder guys), and for the Sollies (really dumb guys); so, it is sometimes hard to figure out who is speaking until you are a few sentences in. I would have preferred a little bit more straight forward reading, but that is me.
If you have gotten this far in the series (12) you will probably continue, but this one is far below the standards of the first 4 or 5.