The book is quite good and fills in the story as expected but I couldn't get over the reading itself. I think this is the third narrarator in this series and that's livable but what isn't is that he couldn't be bothered to listen to previous books and keep all the pronunciations the same. All the character names, realm and city names are so misspronunced it's difficult to follow the story. It seems disrespectful for a narrator to take on a reading like this without doing some research and to pretty much completely wreck the book. All I know is I couldn't get past it and that I'm very dissapointed.
The book captured my attention well and brought out the full range of emotion that great books do.
Although a few minor errors may exist, it definitely flowed felt better edited than some of the books in the middle of this series. Weber's trademark detail didn't feel overly drawn out and this book lacked some of the noticeably excessive repetition some of the previous books in the series had.
I found the narrator is a little too intense at the start of the book and to be honest, I disliked him to begin with. However, as the story developed and I became more accustomed to the "alternative" pronunciation of certain names and places, I grew to like him and his emotional intensity more and more.
In the end however, the variation between characters voices isn't quite as wide or distinctive as I might expect from some reading Weber and he fails to present unique accents between realms as clearly as some of the previous narrators.
** If the audiobook publisher should by some chance read through these reviews, I'll leave a few recommendations **
- Please stop changing the narrator and stick with the Kevin T. Collins. The narrator heavily influences how characters come across and when they speak with different voices in every book it creates a disconnected sense of frustration in listeners.
- Please establish a guide for pronunciation and accents and stick with it. There's no reason to change the sound of names and places halfway through the series like this.
The book is far too long to listen to in one sitting however it doesn't feel overly long and I felt myself wishing there were more to it as I whittled down the time remaining.
With the possible exception of the first book, this is by far my favorite of the series so far and I am eagerly looking forward to the the development of both characters and the story in the next few books.
I just enjoy David Weber's story telling. This for me is an epic story at its best. David shows us a war between good and evil, but which side is good and which side is evil. The author lets you decide for yourself.
Kevin Collins was a poor choice to narrate this book. Not that Kevin did a bad job, he brought about to much change to the book. First off I have gotten used to the narrators to the other five books. There were three other narrators all of them had different voices, but they used the same pronunciations for people and places. Kevin changed every name and places pronunciation. This would have been alright in the beginning of the series, but I had gotten used to the other pronunciations. This threw me off so bad that at one point I thought I was listening to the wrong book. Second, The other narrators had changes in their voices for different characters. Kevin just straight read the material. It was like listening to someone speak in monotone.
The narrator, his pronuciation at least. He could have at least listened to 15 min of any of the books. I am having serious issues following him because of it.
I love them all
His voice is fine but i like the guy who did the first book, why can't they stick to 1 guy?
There is a map on Weber's website for those of us without the hard copy.
David Weber is that a rhetorical question????? YES!!!!!!Kevin T. Collins problem is geting it pronunciation right. He is not the most talented narrator I have ever heard but he is good.
The thing I like about this book or any David Weber book is that he pints a truly excellent socio political environment that many mistake for filler.
Yes not execaly he's fault for geting it righ.
I have looked up the pronunciation for 3 of the words before writing this and to my surprise the narrator Kevin T. Collins was the one to get it right not the over narrators. I found that every time Kevin T. Collins used the correct pronunciation raver then the one I was used to it who'd grinded on my nerves. If you have not listened to the over books I do not think this will bother you.It wood have been best if Kevin T. Collins stuck to the same pronunciation as in the over 5 books but I can not blame the man for doing the job right.Just to be clear Kevin T. Collins did a good job what degraded the experiences for me was not he's fault.
Not if they hear the other books first.
Kevin would be fine if he bothered to listen to earlier books. Its science fiction so uncommon words are used, but please when jumping into book 6 of a series it would behoove him to get a passing familiarization with person and place names. Show a little regard for your listeners who are the customers.
Nevermind he can't pronounce anything correctly. He just can't stop pushing so much drama into every. Single. Word.
People making fun of hardcore Shakespearean actors don't cheese this hard.
I couldn't finish it. The narrator made it too cringe-worthy.
Yes, inspite of the nearly illiterate narrator who not only mispronounces all of the names but also some common English words. The story is too good not to reread/relisten, but I have considered buying the ebook to avoid this narrator. I would have boycotted the next Audible book in the series if you had used the same narrator.
When Princess Iris admits that she has been converted to the reformed church.
He mispronounced most of the names whose pronunciations had been long-established and familiar in the 5 previous books in this series. He also mispronounced quite a few common English words, making his reading sound like a third grader's at times.
PLEASE HAVE THIS BOOK RERECORDED, using the narrator of Like a Mighty. Army.
World War on Mankind's Last Refuge!
When you change narrators in a series, the new narrator should be . required to listen toprevious books in the series, especially sci fi stories which usually have made up names in them.
No. Worst of some bad narrators.
Go back to original narrator. And stop changing them!
Get a new narrator.
I like the series and will suffer through bad narrators - but it grows weary.
GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR!
No, the narrator was terrible. Why would you switch narrators so far into the series?
If Collins is the narrator for the next book I'll be going to the library and getting the hard copy and not getting the audiobook!