A good start
Look this is a good book. what stops it from being grate Sci-Fi is the ending plot twist. you'll like the book till then.
This was a fun read from beginning to end - and the end was such fun! Got to love this guy - fell in love with his books only a couple years ago and now cannot get enough of them.
Well written, well conceived, imaginative, entertaining, well narrated....then came the end. WHAT!!????
How did we jump from science fiction to the metaphysical? Did Mr. Weber have to rush off somewhere and decided to close it up with whatever happen to be in his mind at the time? It's a shame because although he seemed to have written himself into a corner, there was a huge potential for a series in the same vein as the Honor Harrington or the Safe Hold universes. In short, the ending / solution completely spoiled -- even destroyed, what was up to then, a very good book.
The narration by Mr. Charles Keating was one of the very best I've heard.
Too many guns review and technical details that do not add to the story, that it's week at most. The closing of the story is dreadful, out of the blue it crashes the whole book.
I love David Weber and have greatly enjoyed many of his other works. This one greatly disappoints. I did listen to this one, but did not know how he published this book.
I look forward to other books by Mr. Weber.
I don't know how many realize that this book is an expansion of a short story of the same name David wrote a couple years back. solid twist on the end, a mild blending of fantasy and sf, if we get more books in this universe it will have time to unfold as to how the ending sf part works.
this is Middle range weber, not his best work far from his worst. the narrator is middle of the road nothing great but not bad too.
all over i'd call this a solid work. nothing special but solid
I have listened to several thousand audiobooks so that is a hard question to answer without spending a lot of time listing and rating all of them. Hazarding a guess id say it ranks in the top 50. I have listened to it 3 times or more.
Hard to choose one, off hand I can recall at least 5 and its been at least 2 months since my last listen. I also do not wish to give anything away, spoilers suck.
Another hard question. As I recall, they where all well performed and there are many different characters in this book, so precluding several more books and subsequent character development I really can't say.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the only book blending Science Fiction and Fantasy about which I am willing to say that.
I've listened to many of his books including the Honor series, and the Safehold series. He is always a bit heavy on weapons descriptions, and the same goes with this book. I would highly recommend the other two series, in fact the Safehold series is one of my favorite out there, but this one seems like David Weber on a budget. It dragged, the aliens were idiots (think doctor who goofy) and the ending was well, ridiculous, sorry David. The narrator just sounded old and tired.
Cut the length in half (many repetitive battles with same results that did not add to the plot) and come up with an ending that was not just completely dumb.
Old, tired, non imaginative.
If you're a David Weber fan, you can skip this one. If you haven't listen/read his books before, DON'T START WITH THIS ONE. Try Armageddon Reef, or the Honor series. They are/were great!