First, let's get the elephant out of the room. Marc Vietor pronounces Iceni differently than Christian Rummel. Get over it. Move on. I thank the reviewers who have commented on it for preparing me for it, but it happens with names (I was three books into Harry Potter before I found out that Hermione is pronounced Her-My-Oh-Nee not Her-Me-Own), it happens with with Worcestershire sauce, and even with tomatoes.
It is great to see the story from a different perspective and the only thing wrong with this is that it is too engrossing. It was very distracting because I kept trying to steal myself away to listen to just a bit more of the book.
For the last three days my personal productivity has been severely harmed by starting this book. The chapters are like peanuts: you can't consume just one.
I am glad that I waited until only a few weeks before the second book is released to listen to this one.
Listening to this book without the Beyond The Frontier series would be ok, but you would be missing some context. I would not recommend this book if you have not finished The Lost Fleet series, however, as you will miss a lot of the back story.
If you have not listened to the Beyond The Frontier series yet. I would recommend that for you read/listen to the books in the order in which they were released: Dreadnaught, Invincible, although you might swap it with this book (Tarnished Knight), Guardian, then The Lost Stars:Perilous Shield (which I am looking forward to). This book takes place during the time line of Invincible.
After listening to this book, I replayed the start of Guardian again. It was interesting how the story seemed to have changed.
Like peanuts, (to complete the metaphor), there may be a few people allergic to change, for whom this book could be very bad.
I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
I love listening to all books in the series but I wish when they change readers that they make it a qualification that who ever takes over reading the book know's how to pronounce the names of the characters. This is not only true for this series but for all books where the reader has changed.
Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).
I think it tried for "epic" but only achieved "yawn". The characters were not likeable, poorly developed and one dimensional. The world described is one where paranoia and suspicion of another's motives reign supreme. Over the course of the book, it just made everyone in it repellent. I fell asleep listening to this over and over.
It was like a dry play by play of an interactive sci-fi battle game.
I don't know. Marc tried but the words just ran into each other, without variation, ad nauseam.
Dislike. I didn't enjoy my time in this world.
Story: Long drawn out story about the other syndicate world military....uninteresting.
Narrator: Very hard to figure out who is talking, because he uses the same voice for most characters.
Also, the book ends right before something interesting is about to happen...
I will not be getting the next installment if it ever comes out.
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
When I listen to a book by Jack Campbell, I rarely feel compelled to hit the pause button. Tarnished Knight was no exception. Following the Syndicate defeat at the hands of Black Jack and the Alliance, the book is focused on the Midway star system and two former Syndic CEO's who have decided to create a new independent government. The author does a great job with the pacing, focusing on not just the politics but also on action both on the ground and in space. I especially enjoyed the battle preparation sequences and the battles themselves since they held my attention so effectively.
The narration was passable but was perhaps the most questionable point of the experience. The narration of the inner dialog of the CEO's gave me pause, as did some of the voices chosen for the various characters. Thankfully, the voices were not offensive and the inner dialog was rare. The rest of the narration got the job done, but definitely left me asking "why this guy?" at times. I felt the monotone and passionless narration helped highlight flaws in the writing that may have been less obvious if a more suitable narrator read the story.
Despite my concerns over the narration, Tarnished Night by Jack Campbell kept me captivated and in a good mood as I listened. When the book was completed, all I could think was "when can I buy the next book?"
I knew right from the start (based on the reviews) that this listen would not be as well-done as the rest of the series, and the reviews proved to be correct. I wouldn't say that this was a bad listen, because I am a die-hard fan of Jack's series and I am willing to put up with a lemon. I listened because this book focuses on the Syndicate Worlds, a part of the universe that I wanted to learn more about. Jack fulfilled in that regard. But the narrator sometimes ran different characters together, which proved occasionally confusing and annoying. He was not the best narrator for Jack's style of writing. Was my time well-spent? I would say yes and no. Yes because I am curious about the Syndicate way of doing things, no because Jack let me down this time around. Like the reviewers have said, this book was just not the same as the rest of the series. Where Dauntless was riveting and well-paced, this was dull. Where I was rooting for Geary when he went into a battle and moved by his marriage, this was like watching paint dry. And I hate watching paint dry.
That's the thing- it doesn't compare.
I understand his difficulty but I paid for this book. Sometimes when I read one of Jack's books, I myself got confused and had to backtrack to find out which character was speaking. I can only guess that that was Marc's difficulty, also. Maybe someone else should narrate next time.
I have said what needed to be said. Maybe better luck next time, Jack.
Yes, I own all but one of the Lost Fleet series and think they are well done. For this one he has changed his writing style so that for me it was very confusing and very hard to follow.
Up until now Jack kept his Point of View to mainly one character per book. This time he's jumping all over the place.
Yes, Jack please return to your one main character point of view.
Machiavellian evolving democracy
Gives a view into what's going on behind the scenes with some of the key minor characters from the Lost Fleet series.
Marc's a solid narrator, and this performance is no different. I don't hesitate to purchase books he's read.
Not really, no. The main characters, as former CEOs of the Syndicate Worlds, developed extremely Machiavellian outlooks on life. Therefore, they are hard-pressed to be truly heroic, although they're cautiously moving towards breaking those behavior patterns. They come across a basically good people who have learned to be ruthless in order to survive a system that punished altruism.
If you enjoy the Black Jack series, you should enjoy this. Fills in background on some of the Syndicate characters met in the Black Jack series, and provides insight into the Syndicate worlds structure and history.
Cliff-hanger ending left me anxious for the next in this series.
The style and pace are pretty consistent with the previous books of the series in this universe. I was a bit startled and fairly disappointed with the abruptness of the ending; it seemed like there was a good solid chapter missing. I would understand if it was a cliff hanger, but this didn't seem the case.
Maybe next time.....