More action, less bickering. More focus telling the story of the aliens and a lot less dwelling on the inanities of imposing 18th century notions of propriety on an advanced society. Senior officials who at least give some effort to sounding like adults rather than children.
Written for adults instead of children.
I will avoid all Christian Rummel narrations like the Black Plague. He sounds like he's 14 and his female voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard.
I can't think of any I care enough about to say who to keep, much less who to get rid of.
I don't expect much from Jack Campbell novels - they're supposed to be light reading. This novel lowers the bar beyond what I can tolerate.
I'd recommend the entire series; it would be hard to engage with this book unless you'd read the previous ones. High entertainment value, with interesting characters and politics to keep you brain busy between the gripping battle scenes.
The imagination and mystery surrounding the alien races.
I found Rummel's voice characterizations distasteful. Desjani sounds like a bitchy Stepford Wife more than a battleship captain, and some of the male characters sound like they have chronic sinusitis. The whole thing sounds cartoonish. This is just my reaction; many people obviously like the narration, which is certainly competent. I just don't care for the interpretation. I do want to read the rest of the books, but I think I'll actually read (instead of listen to) them
Probably not (I'm not a big movie-goer).
If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.
It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.
My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.
I said it was petty.
Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.
The narration is.... annoying and the story feels like a comic book soap opera of unbelievable and un-relatable characters and situations..
The use of an effeminate voice of the female character sounded like a satirical homosexual parody. The male character tone reminded me of a bad impersonation of a 1930 cinema gangster actor. Nothing that was said or done moved me in the slightest Overly dramatic tone and emphasis.
wondering how to submit for a refund for wasting my money on this order
not for me at all!
A dull, lifeless story that only seems to pick up in the last couple of chapters but even then still leaves the story unresolved. If this is how Campbell hopes to lure me to the next novel he has failed.
The characters are stiff and mechanical. The story repetitive and dull. The book has no spark at all.
In a word - Disappointed.
This book was almost entirely character development for characters from a previous series. Without the pretext of the other series, this book becomes very boring very quickly.
The entire first half of the book amounts to a college course on interplanetary geopolitical relations. I couldn't even get into the "sci-fi"-ness of the book, because without the back story you feel as though the entire thing is...well...pointless.
The only "action", if you want to call it that, quickly degenerates into an internal monologue for the main character and more political postulating of intergalactic proportions.
I considered going back and trying to read the previous series, but I couldn't bring myself to waste the credits on the chance that it might be better than this book.
I like the series, the story line and characters as a whole, but the "by the living stars" and "honor of your ancestors" thing is pretty hokey... Couldn't come up with something more believable?
This is a great book in the continuing saga. New enemies emerge and the usual politics continue. Good listen for that road trip.
I drive an average of 350 miles a week. Without an audio book playing I would go bonkers.
The story it'self.
Mr. Rummel makes the hero sound like a cheesy actor in an old 'private dick' movie.
The hero. He was so poorly written, it wouldn't have made much difference if he was there or not.
I love non-fictional military books as well as fictional sci-fi books. I've read many of both. This story is one of the most boring and pointless I've ever heard or read. I don't ask for much in my 'sci-fi' thrillers, but how can you make a book about a 100 year war, a hero that wakes up from cryogenic sleep, mysterious aliens, and interstellar exploration boring? Read this and you'll find out. This book is more about politics than anything else. When it does divert from political rambling, action sequences are so poorly written they comletely fail to put the reader 'into' the book.
Less focus on the tedious unimportant moments. The entire book is played upon politics in a way that is incredibly tedious. Simply not interesting and not well written. Unsympathetic characters. Bad dialogue