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  • The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.

    AudioAddict says: "Maybe I'm just stupid..."
    "An increasingly interesting series"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    For my

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I was a little worried that the series would start to become repetitive (Honor faces huge odds, Honor's ship barely survives, Honor becomes an interplanetary hero), and perhaps by the time I hit book 11 it will be, but this book is significantly different. It spends a lot of time on other characters, Honor works as just one part of a team, and there is some interesting political intrigue (however, it is not _all_ political intrigue, like Weber's Armageddon Reef series)

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I like her; whilst some of her accents are a bit questionable sometimes, but she has a lot of characters she needs to differentiate between. The whole

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nope. Enjoyable, exciting, interesting. Not great literature, but very good writing and dialog for a sci-fi series. Characters, if not fully 3D, are at least 2.5 dimensional (some sympathetic enemies, though there are a couple of caricatures)

    Do you have any additional comments?

    Weber does a good job writing about a (near) zero-sexism culture without completely ignoring sexism (like the Lost Fleet series) but also without being blazingly obvious and preachy about it.

    The previous book, which addressed the issue directly by pitting Honor against two different patriarchies (one openly misogynistic, the other less so, but still very chauvinistic), did it in an interesting manner; this book doesn't specifically address the issue, although it does reveal the fact that sexual assault still exists in Honor's world.

    It's an issue that I think Weber handles well, and is not one usually addressed in action/sci-fi.

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  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Mediocre police procedural"
    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    Whilst billed as being set fifty years in the future, there is nothing remotely futuristic about it, save for the token use of the word "droid".
    Also, most of the characters are pretty 2-D, the plot is pretty predictable, and a lot of the dialog is trite.

    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought her performance for the main character was well done, but all the other voices were caricaturistic and way overboard. A lot more subtlety could be used.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not all of the dialog was bad, and it was mildly entertaining at times. That is all.

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