Another in the series about Honor Harrington. To understand the full series, you need to start with On Basilisk Station and follow tem from there. The story is well written, like all David Weber books (for true space opera/naval battles try "The Shiva Option/In Death Ground"). I have yet to be disappointed with a David Weber book, his characters are well developed and rarely do you find anything disconnected. Highly recommended series.
Adds a historical context to the Honorverse, in how Manticore came to rise, the discovery of the wormholes, and the politics in between.
Typical Weber depth of characters. A good book to fill the void in the current HH series.
Good narration and voices, great use of distinctive accents and voices for characters.
I listen as I drive to work, can't do one at a time.
It is a good basic storyline, with a lot of room to expand in. The problem is the author tends to dwell on things over and over again. The Ark Royal is old, and armored and the only ship that can stand up to the aliens. OK. The Crown Prince is out there too. OK. There is some problems with the Royal succession. OK. Please stop repeating it aud naseum. The story is worth the listen, as long as you are prepared for the repeats. You do get involved in the storyline of what will happen, and will there be a breakthrough, and how will it happen. Stick with it and hope the author gets the message and the next book is cleaner and smoother.
Mr. Nuttall seems to make the same mistakes in all three books, maybe he rammed them out at once. His editors let him down by not cleaning it up and asking for a rewrite.
Not sure, he does a good job. Characters are distinct and clear.
Don't hold the repeats against me, please.....
A good, original way to treat first contact, and possibly a realistic one. The tramline idea is good and explains FTL transits well. The characters are good, if we just got one dose of them we would all be better off. But still a good listen.
Jack Ryan Meets Aliens, I know it's 4 but that is as close as you can get.
It did have a Tom Clancyesque framework, you cans ee the story starting early in, but the twists and plots make it worthwhile. Although you do have to wonder how such a super spy organization can't figure out someone outside is messing with them.
Not sure, I have a few hundred books, but the guy does a really good job.
Nope, just like to listen to a good story as I drive my 1.5 hour commute.
Good book, good story, well presented.
The audio book was light years ahead of the book, the performance was so good, it seemed to be an audio theater. I drive 62 miles each weay to work and rack up a lot of audio book time, and next to Honor Harrington, this has been the best series yet. The whole universe Mr. Hamilton has built is detailed, his characters real and emotional and the story line is riveting throughout.
The moment the story climaxes you wonder through 2 books who the Starflyer agent is that is passing the detailed Navy information along, and you get down to just a few possibilities, and then it hits. The story builds to this moment in a wonderful way.
That is really hard to call, He does such a great job of making each character unique and you never lose track of any characters at all, male or female. Ozzie is a joy to hear, you know that that is exactly what Mr. Hamilton must have intended for him.
I always hated to stop it at the end of my trip. This book would be a great evening entertainment.
Awesome story, that picks back up 1000 years later in the Void series. All 5 books make a great long listen, I most strongly recommend them.
The story, performance and how they work so well together is an outstanding piece of listening pleasure. In fact, I DID listen to the entire Honor Harrington series leading up to this one, just to get refreshed on the the story. Honor's story line is well thought out, and continues to expand to the point some people found it trying or boring. Not in the least, if you want to delve into a whole new world, that is painstakingly crafted, then listen in sequence to all the books (including the Saganimi and Torch side series) as they ALL tie together into a large, vast universe.
Hard to decide, Honor has strength of character, almost to the point of a flaw, but adapts rapidly to whatever changes in her environment, Mike Henke is a good, solid friend, but has the same abilities as Honor, just tested in a different fire. Albrecht Detweiler and his sons are just out to save their collective butts and you have to appreciate their ability to keep the Mesan Alignment going. Weber's characters all have flaws, and strengths, and it makes it very hard to pick "the one".
Allyson Johnson makes the audio books a treasure. Her perfect pitch and voice changes make you wonder how many people they actually had record this thing. I am still not sure if she does all the characters or what, if she does, she should get an Audible Oscar.
If I had the time, I would, but I listen going to and from work (1.5 hrs each way, 3-4 days a week), and I want to stretch them out endlessly if possible.
A great book in a great series. If you want to comprehend it all, start with book 1 (On Basilisk Station) and follow through with all of them. You will not be disappointed if you like science fiction, military, or just good story telling.
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