Someone said something about "pirates, sea serpants and magic, what's not to like", or something like that, and I agree. It's a really good story so far, though sometimes I have to wonder why the characters do the things they do.
Ann Flosnick does a good job except for one thing. She ofen ends sentences and/or paragraphs with a downbeat phonetic. I'm not sure if I'm saying that right. What I mean is that the last word in many sentences is drawn out and tapered off. It's annoying. I know it's just a habit of hers, but it detracted at times from my enjoyment of her rendition of the story. Otherwise she would have gotten much higher marks for her performance. I hope she takes that in the spirit in which it's meant, as constructive criticism.
BTW, she's not the only Brit who does that I've noticed, so perhaps it's a regional or class thing. I don't know, but it is very annoying, at least to me.
This first booik was good enough I bought the second and third and will listen to them despite that little narration quirk...
Grover Gardner narrated and did a superb job in keeping the characters recognizable by voice alone, an important talent in this book, where the author pretty much assumes you've read the first in the series. Not much time is given to introducing or describing the old characters, though they stay pretty much true to form.
Again, the heart of the book is the courtroom, where the cross-examinations of the various state witnesses are brilliant drama, and at times, high comedy. The inevitable exoneration of our heroine comes ... well, I don't want to spoil it for you. I mean, you did know he would save her, didn't you?
A secondary plot is the civil suit of the released-from-death-row-at-the-very-last-moment-before-his-lethal-injection falsely accused, incarcerated, convicted and sentenced but saved at the last minute man. Whew. Anyway, that's all going on in the background while Andy is trying to save his "only-true-love". Oh yeah. Don't forget. He's also suing his former father in law.
All in all, a good time is had by all. A great book; an easy listen and a lot of fun. I recommend it; but remember, it's just a fun book. Don't expect more than that and you'll enjoy it.
This book is a fresh and pertinant now as it was when it was written during the height of the cold war. If you're not my age you probably don't remember having nuclear attack drills and having to hide under your desk at school, holding your head under your hands and with your head down between your knees. (And as I learned as I got older, "kissiing your a** goodbye".)
No, seriously, we had them every month or two in the late 50s when I was in the third and 4th and 5th grade. Then I guess the government decided not to make us do it anymore. But there were a few good post-apocalyptic books writtien during that time. "On the Beach" was one. And "A Canticle for Leibowitiz" was another, though I don't think it was actually discovered until after it had been out a while.
The book is a lot post apocalyptic (twice); a bit fantasy; a whole bunch philosophical, AND highly entertaining. It's about why human beings do the things we do, and how we manage to screw things up so royally, and the nature of evil in this world as well as the nature of good and the ever present coflict between the two. AND it's a fun read. Wait until the Abbot loses his temper and hits a doctor in the nose because he's doing euthansia of radiation victims. He has to confess his sin. His confessor, the assistant abbot, is relentless. It's hilarious.
However, beyond the funny scene of a priest who lost his temper are serious questions. And the arguement is as pertinant today as it was then, with all the focus on abortion and our "culture of death". Who is right? Is it the doctor, who is only trying to provide a compasionate and painless death to people who are dying already from radiation poisoning? After all, they are facing a painful and slow death and are going to die no matter what. Or is it the abbot who's right; who says to put your faith in God, and give your suffering to Him? The abbot maintains a person can use that pain and suffering to get closer to God. Who is on the right? Is the doctor really perpetuating evil, as the priest seems to think? Is it that "euthanize them" mind set that lead to the nuclear exchange in the first place?
Get it. You'll enjoy it. And the performance by Tom Weiner is just excellent. This is one of my favorite SF books of all time, read very well by a veteran reader. Enjoy!!!
This was hilarious. I laughed out loud several times listening to this, and that's a rare event. The author reminds me of Janet Evonivich in her self-deprechating ways and yet how she manages to get the job done.
Our heroine is a walking disaster area. Everything seems to go wrong, yet she somehow manages to pull things together at the last minute in some strange, and really funny way. This lighthearted romp through an alternate universe in which vampires and were-beings are "out" and humanity is learning to live with them is a great listen.
For anyone who needs some lighthearted listening, I recommend this.
When I was a kid (I turn 65 this year) there was a TV mini-series on this book. I can't remember who starred in it, but I remember that it was very well done, and my whole family watched it spell-bound for several weeks as each episode was broadcast.
It must have followed the book very closely, as I remembered Rhoda, and Byron and Pam and of course, Pug who was the main protagonist, as well as the desperate plight of the Jews in Poland, and then Italy, as Natalie and her uncle got out by the skin of their teeth on a frieghter bound for Palistine. Then there was the President, Roosevelt, and Hitler and all the Germans; the Nazi Germans and their infamous politics and propaganda. It was fascinating to listen as the Henry family was blown all over the world by the "winds of war".
This story is epic, it's personal, it's tragic, it's touching, heroic, romantic, historic, dramatic, and quite fascinating to listen as the war starts up slowly, ever so slowly with the public opinion of the U.S. dead set against any involvement until the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Then the U.S. finally actually enters the war against Japan and Germany both.
Get it. Listen to it. You won't regret it. 5 stars all the way.
Once again, David Weber takes us into the universe most poeple now call the "Honorverse" in well, "honor" of it's primary protagonist we met so long ago and so far away "On Basilisk Station", Honor Harington. Wow, what a convoluted sentence that was! I must have been reading David Weber recently.
In this latest from him, he expands this universe into other protagonists, mostly some new
midshipman just out of the acadamy and now facing war with not only the much larger Havenite navy, but also with the Solarian League, which is huge and has been manipulated by Mesa, the genetic slavers who have a master race plan to take over the universe and... Well, never mind. I suggest you start with the very first book and read or listen to all of them. Honor Harrington is one of the most compelling protagonists in all of science fiction, and if you haven't yet read any of Weber's books on her adventures, I envy you the joy you have ahead of you. With this book, the story continues but with some new characters and it is just as well done. Five stars all the way.
How do you end an epic; especially one like this? How many pages has this run? I've been reading it for so long it's just become a part of my life. From the speech Moraine made in the first book linking the three lads from Two Rivers to Manetheran, to the gathering of the armies in the thirteenth book, it all lead to this. And oh my goodness, what an ending!
I cannot say much without giving away key elements and spoiling things for you. Suffice it to say, you won't be disappointed. Well, I suppose I cannot predict that, can I? Let me say that I was not disappointed; not even a little. I was astounded, amazed, uplifted, dare I say... reborn?
Oh my goodness gracious sakes alive! You mean you've not read any of the Honor Harrington books yet? I envy you. What a treat you have coming.
David Weber is the Robert Heinlein of our day. He creates realistic universes in which real people live, love, fight, live and die. Our heroine is a young female officer in the space navy of the Kingdom of Manticore, who is being given command of her first "hyper-capable" ship as the book opens. She's a very normal young woman, who was brought up on a heavy gravity planet, about half again the gravity of earth and she's been genetically modified to withstand that environment. And, oh yes, she's also been adopted by one of the telepathic inhabitants of that planet, a treecat, who goes everywhere with her and is sort of her familiar, though she's a space ship captain, not a witch. There are no witches in this universe, silly.
Still, she can, despite not being a witch, sense the emotions of people around her through a link with her "cat", an ability she keeps to herself. She takes this new command and assumes the responsibilties of an entire star system called Basilisk. There are trials and tribulations, plots and counter plots. Honor perserveres and it ends up where she kicks some butt and takes some names and the final action is an epic battle with a ship that out classes her older war ship. She manages to pull it off and she becomes the symbol of what a Queen's naval officer should be.
She and her ship and what's left of her crew return to a heros welcome in Manticore.
And this is just the beginning. At my last count there are another 12 books just as good in this seriies and there are more on the way. If you're like I am, you'll laugh with pleasure, groan with horror, cheer with real zeal and cry real tear as you follow the carreer of this bigger than life heroine. Read all the Honorverse books and enjoy. I envy you your first time through.
Obviously you're already a David Weber fan, and an Honorverse afficionado or you wouldn't be even considering this book. If this is the first book in the Honorverse you're thinking of listening to, STOP. Go back to "On Basilisk Station" and start with book one; and I envy you the journey of your first read (listen) of this remarkable series. I literally stumbled into that first book shortly after it came out in paperback while I was in a used book store; and I've been hooked ever since.
This tenth book is more than 800 pages and has so many plots, sub plots, primary, secondary and tertiary characters all headed... somewhere... at different speeds and with different agendas that it's impossible to summarize it all. The Sol system and Frontier Security are rapidly being manipulated into becoming major players. Mesa is pulling strings as fast as it can identify puppets. And you'll have to listen to find out what else is going on.
But do listen. It just doesn't get any better than this. David Weber is the best in the business at the top of his form.
Whether it's space opera or fantasy, David Weber is a past master at creating worlds with complete ecologies, political systems, economic systems and cultural underpinnings to hang them on.
Read or listen to the first two or three books in the series before you listen to this though. Otherwise, it probably will not be nearly as enjoyable.
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