What to say... The honor Harrington series is excellent. I'm finishing this one because I started it. Too much drinking I about the minutia of this or that technological advancement. Not enough story. Not enough depth. Not enough action. This series it's tired and very boring. I can't wait for it to end. Which is a shame because it had such potential.
Kevin T Colins makes the book feel rushed and the characters sound panicked all the time. I feel that if you are going to narrate a book from the middle of a series you should at the very least listen to the previous narrators to get a feel for the characters, Kevin ruins many of the characters and the flow of the book..
I really enjoy the very long arc of the story spanning multiple books, it allows the author to explore and describe side aspects of this universe.
I enjoyed the extended description of the conception, creation, and use of the "ironsides", of course it was most enjoyable to read the first engagement and how well they worked out. The author continues to give a good balance to the competing sides of the conflict and now that the "ironsides" has engaged in battle, I'm looking for to see how he has the Temple react.
very little. If this were the first book I heard I might be more forgiving, however his pronunciations of so many words were so different from previous narrators that it was constantly pulling me out of the story. It was extremely jarring and unpleasant. He also did not seem to create separate personalities for the different characters like Oliver Wyman did.
For 28 hours? I'm sorry but there is no book of this length I know of that I would be able to listen to in one sitting.
Okay, the reading Charles Keating gave for "How Firm a Foundation" was disappointing, compared to the previous efforts by Oliver Wyman and Jason Culp, but at least he got the main character's name and the Empire of Charis' name right. Kevin T. Collins pronounces Charis with the ch from cheese rather the hard c adopted by ALL the other readers. Every other reader makes Athrawes a three syllable name, but not KTC. But where every other reader gave Nimue only two, there's where he chose to add the syllable stolen from Athrawes. Heck, he even changes the pronunciation of PICA. It really keeps me from enjoying an audiobook when I am constantly cringing in my mind every time the reader mispronounces the names of main characters and places.
have toughly enjoyed this series, up until the last two books. The story line is fine, but where do they find these narrators? The last one was tolerable, but this one makes me want to beat my head against the table.... They need to stop changing them out!
Narrator that listens to previous narrative of series. ..or at least recognizes continuity of people. Place. .things. .not read so breathy...and yeah...A story that doesn't fall off a cliff
Agreed with others about padding content..
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.