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.
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.
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.
A lot of reviews are really slamming the narrator, but I thought he did a fine job. The problem is with the producer/director. It appears that no direction was given to the narrator at all, it is the directors job to keep the pronuciations of the names consistent with the other books in the series. But it appears the director did not listen to the other books in this series. So the result was some rather jarring changes in the main characters name and the locations on Safehold. But once I accepted the changes the narrartor did a good job of voicing the various characters and keeping the narrration interesting.
As for the story, it did progress a bit in this book. By my calculations we will only need aabout 80 or 90 more books in this series before the humans of Safehold are ready to seek revenge from the Gbaba. I hope David Weber lives to be 160 so we can have a conclusion to the series.
I've listened to this book (and the whole series) a few times now, and every time I come back to this book I'm struck by the same thought. This narrator is horrible. Seriously, if they had one of the other two narrators re-do this, I'd buy the book again immediately. Heck, I'd pay triple the price for it.
I recommend this series to anyone who likes science fiction; however, I recommend that people just buy a print copy of anything narrated by Kevin Collins instead of suffering the travesty of his inability to portray even a single sentence in a reasonable tone.
Don't get me wrong, Kevin has a good voice and good energy. He could easily be a great narrator; however, he speaks every sentence in a hoarse, emotional, breathless rush as if it were the most important sentence ever written in the history of the universe. Now don't get me wrong...that'd be a great way to convey the proper tone during climactic events. But Kevin doesn't do that.....he uses that same 'this is the most climactic event in the book' tone when describing someone walking across a room.
I hate being so negative in this review, because this IS a really good book...but the narration so corrupts the book that it makes me almost unable to get through it. Honestly, had Kevin Collins narrated any of the first three books in the series I'd have cut my losses and stopped there.
It's narrators like this that make me wish Audible had a petition for getting a book re-narrated.
This guy absolutely ruined the whole book - his breathy, hyper narration style clashes horribly with David Weber's series. He hasn't even had the basic common sense to check on previous pronunciations of names, places etc. in the other FIVE books, and his clashing mispronunciations had me ready to quit on a book by one of my favourite authors - no easy achievement! I will certainly NEVER buy any book which has him as a narrator. If you haven't already bought this as an audiobook, don't bother - keep up with the series by getting the kindle version!
Anybody else narrating would have been better!
Of all the audiobooks I've listened to, this one is the worst I've bought. The story is great and a good continuation of the previous line. The problem is the narrator. He was terrible for something like this. He'd probably be useful for some pulp romance, but his overacting and constant breathlessness makes listening to this one impossible.
Overacting, constantly sounding out of breath, and an inability to make someone who's listened to the whole series believe he's read any of the series at all.
I know it's not the most recent book in this series, but I can't help but beg the publisher to re-record this audiobook with another narrator.
The narrator mispronounces almost every proper noun, or maybe I should say his pronunciation differs on most of the proper nouns from the previous 5 books. Would it have killed him to listen to a few minutes of a prior book before reading this one to keep things consistent. We all correct people when we hear them mispronounce words and I am constantly correcting the narrator in my head while listening to this book.
Like most of the Safehold books (and, in fact, like pretty much everything David Weber writes these days), this is an excellent 500 page book hiding inside a 1000 pages of blather. (or, since this is the audio version, it's an excellent 14 hour book that you need to listen to 28 hours to find.) We do have lots of blowing things up, but also way too much of Merlin wringing his hands and flagellating himself, while there isn't nearly enough development of some of the other characters. But like so many others, I seem to be addicted enough to keep reading.
The narrator for this book, Kevin T. Collins, is the 4th narrator in the 6 books to this point. And, sadly, I'd have to say it isn't one of his better efforts. It's not _bad_, but way too "dramatic" when it shouldn't be. But at least the pacing is, mostly, pretty good.