A better narrator. The story and dialogue also seems a little dated.
No. The narrator emphasized the dialogue all wrong and made the heroine sound like a whiny teenager rather than a strong woman.
NO! This may be a good book, but the narrator is so annoying I couldn't listen to it.
It revolved around a strong heroine, she can fight and take care of herself. If she were written better (she spends too much time fuming, whining and talking to herself) and the narrator were better, this could be a good book.
An exciting story of action, adventure, and romance among the star lanes. This is one of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's most action-filled Liaden Universe novels. and brings together key characters Val Con and Mirri for the first time.
This book also serves as an excellent entry point into the wider series.
Andy Caploe provides solid narration for this exciting Space Opera tale.
Some of the writing didn't make sense... Val Con sees all these statistics guiding him, and yet it some cases he does some really overly stupid things and draws attention to themselves.
I thought the narrator did a great job with all the voices. I see some pretty harsh critics about his Miri voice. Why? Who can really know what a Taron woman sounds like who's profession is mercenary? I loved the clutch turtles voices too. Actually it was Andy Caploe's voice that drew me to buy this after downloading the first few chapters free. I have never listened to this kind of book before. As usual for me, the narrator drew me to the book/genre.
Yes. Boy, the ending was quick. Could have drawn that out a bit with a few details to tide us over to the next story.
I have been a massive fan of these books for several years, so I was quite happy that Audible had the audiobooks. I have to admit I love the narrator on the Carousel books better then this one, but this narrator I still darned good.
4/5; 4 stars; A-
This is a review of the audiobook.
It has been a few years since I read this book so I really enjoyed revisiting the story. I found the narrator, Andy Caploe, a very solid choice for this story because the range of voices, from mobsters to aliens, was huge. It took me a while to get used to his interpretation of the characters but that is typical when one is not that familiar with a narrator. I recall the same thing happening when I listened to I Dare last year.
I love the Clutch turtles and I thought Caploe did a great job with the voices of the various members of the clan. In listening to the story, I heard things I don't recall from my first reading the book either so that was a bonus. For example, my mental picture of Val Con and Miri was much clearer and the nuances of their relationship were also clearer. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of this subset of books in the Liaden Universe.
Both characters are so amazingly resourceful and so damn brilliant at what they do, that there's no external conflict. No real 'change' in their personalities up until the end when they realized that "Surprise, we actually love each other!"
It all feels very flat, like an one-dimensional facsimile of the Vorkosigan series. Maybe if the authors read up on Pride and Prejudice to grok some idea of how to bring two differing minds together. Without having to shove the characters in an MDMA powered ship.
A lot of the characters felt like cartoon characters, charming as the turtles are, it doesn't make up for the fact that Miri has to sound like a girl from Jersey to be tough.
There were tons of interesting ideas floating around the world.
But many of those great ideas don't have any lead-in, and most of them were never followed up on, or explored with any amount of detail.
Nearly spat my coffee when chapter twenty-two rolled around and by the by, he also has telekinesis. Must be those perfect green eyes of his. So perfect, that I need to be reminded of their perfection throughout the book.
The books - yes. Not these audio versions - the narrator pretty much destroyed the charm of the series.
Edger. Powerful and potentially lethal but wise and peaceful.
Same problem as with the 1st book in the series - all "his"women sound either simpering or peevish. He is the worst narrator so far (in my experience) concerning female personages.
Also he obviously does not pay attention to the text itself - so somewhere in the book somebody says something "gently" but the narrator totally disregards such hints and the phrase comes out as rude or forceful.
See if there are more Leaden books narrated by somebody else.
Not buying anything else by this narrator.
As others have said, the narrator is not strong and the story is a bit flat. The motivation of the characters is murky and it's often unclear why things are even happening. There is plenty of other science fiction/space opera more worthy of anyone's time.