I like the entire series and have enjoyed listening to past audio books in the series prior to listening to the new books in the series just to keep all of the story fresh in my mind.
I find the decisions that the characters face to be interesting and they handle them in ways that aren't one dimensional and flat. For instance they don't always opt for non-violence if that's the best way to handle the situation, or vice versa.
The voice acting is top notch and Jack Campbell brings an interesting point of view to space exploration.
Great series, well written and narrated.
those of you who have made it this far in the series are already familiar with it's numerous flaws...
-tedious diologue, usually centered around the fear that military success will go to the heoroes' head.
-unnecessary rehashing of the opening events of the series, as if we don't already know them.
-implausible villians, Campbell's universe is overflowing with paranoid, prudish, reckless and stupid characters.
-shrewish, unappealing female characters.
-books are short and formulaic representing poor value when compared to the Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan series' ,both of which are much longer and better written for the same price.
This new installment could have corrected some of these faults but instead, it magnifies them.
The epic, realistic and detailed space battles, which are the strong point of the series don't start until late in the second half of the book, be prepared for a hard slog to get to the good stuff near the end.
On the plus side, the next book in the series should hit the ground running based on the way this one left off.
The characters spend far more time discussing what they should not do then actually doing things. this should be an amazing book, it is creative and well thought out. yet all of that creativity is buried under a mountain of second guessing and minutia.
The first three quarters of the book became tedious due to all of the politics involved in the culture. Although this was necessary background it took way too long to develop. The last quarter of the book was more enjoyable as it had many action sequences.
This was really disappointing. I couldn't finish it. The narration was way over acted and even though it says it was the first book in the series, much of its previous history was in another series that I felt like I would understand it much more had I read that one first. I gave it a couple of hours but just couldn't make myself keep listening
Books starts out slow and ends abruptly. Long time setting up characters and story.
Probably not. To much politics. We got enough politics in the world.
The lead girl.
Not really... Kind of a snooze for the 1st half book.
Maybe the next one is better, should not have to spend so much time setting up characters/story.
I picked this title because it was on sale, and had mostly positive reviews, including one that offered you could start here without reading the prior series. However, the book would have been far more enjoyable knowing the back story, but would not have excused the ending. If you think you may be interested in the tale of Admiral Geary, I would recommend starting with the first series, and maybe ending there too, although it's possible the next installment will redeem the frustrating ending here.
Skip all the political crap, Just wanted a good story with no politics.
Certainly not this series. Poorly done and an extremely boring start.
Not a thing. The story line is just a repeat of others.
The presentation was hard to listen to, poorly done!
the narrator ruins the story for me by using an effeminate voice for the female characters and compensating with an overly deep voice for the male characters .really irritating to listen too