Jay Snyder did an awesome job with all the male voices, and all the characters were unique, understandable, and consistent. The only issue (for me) was that I listened to the whole main series read by Allyson Johnson, and the female characters here seemed to be a done in a falsetto that made it difficult for me to focus on the story instead of the voice. This got better as the book went on, and I stopped noticing as much and was able to immerse in the story.
I love the focus of the new series', digging into stories that were more glossed over in the main series. This whole universe is very immersive, and I've been very happy with every book so far. I usually walk to work (about 30 minutes each way), and I found myself not only getting upset when I had to drive (not as much time to listen) but also found myself walking more slowly at times so I had more time to listen. :)Excellent story, I was sad when I got to the end. Not because of anything in the story, but because it was over. That to me is often a mark of a good story/series.
I only listen to unabridged audio books, because I want to get the full story as the author intended, not a chopped up version. I wouldn't say that the audio book edition is better or worse because it has the exact same words in it. It can definitely be more convenient though, since it's it hard to read a book while driving, etc.
I like Stephanie because she reminds me a lot of Honor, and it's mostly about telling her story.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to think when I saw that Khristine Hvam was reading this book (hopefully this series). I've listened to the entire Honor Harrington series read by Allyson Johnson, and was expecting to have this done by her as well. I think that Khristine did a wonderful job though, and it does make sense to have a different reader do the prequel series of Star Kingdom.
Most good books/stories are, and this one was no exception. I mostly listen to books while walking to/from work or exercising, and I found myself looking for reasons to do those activities to listen more.
Excellent book, can't wait to read/listen to the rest of the series.
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