The Lost Fleet series was a pleasure to listen to. Interesting character development, military strategy, enigmatic aliens, more than one often finds in the genre. However, most of that missing in this. No aliens, flat characters, little adventure, mostly dreary politics. And the new pronunciation of the character EYE-SEE-NIGH was so off that every time the name was pronounced it produced a negative response.
If Christian Rummel returned as the the narrator I would consider it, but I am not willing to endure one more minute of Marc Vietor.
Awkward pronunciations distracted from an otherwise dull performance.
None that I could find.
I was really surprised to find that I could barely endure listening to this after spending weeks enjoying the Lost Fleet.
As I feel that Mark is very good at this, It takes away a lot of enjoyment because I have to get used to his method instead of the way Chris did it. I feel very disappointed that it was done this way.
I really struggle with this new series. It's an interesting point of view to see what happened in the Lost Fleet books from the other side's perspective. The story isn't bad, but I was disappointed in how the book was written. It lacked the technical detail and excitement we've come to expect from Jack Campbell of the Lost Fleet series. However, my biggest complaint was the narrator. Why is it when a narrator changes in a series, they feel compelled to pronounce names differently? It's extremely distracting to listen to because I find myself wanting to correct the narrator. It's also hard to identify that it's the same character or star system from the previous narrator because they are pronounced so differently. Do they not listen to the books of the previous narrator before doing the recording? You'd think somebody at the production company would have. I really don't care which pronunciation is correct; just keep it consistent.
Quit pronouncing names different from the prior series!!!!
The Reader is very engaging. The book is a side story to the Lost Fleet saga and just as good.
Mark Vietor is nearly identical to Christian Rummel. Very Well Read and not distracting because of the change of reader. Well Done
I am a huge fan of the Lost Fleet and The Lost Stars series, and re-listen to the Lost Fleet series occasionally just to keep it all fresh in my memory. Having just completed the final book of the Lost Fleet, I grabbed this book to give it a listen, and just couldn't do it! This new narrator pronounces the names and places differently, and I want to constantly correct him! I have tried several times since, but the Lost Fleet narrator has become THE "narrator" in my opinion, and I will just have to enjoy reading this series on my kindle.
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?"