The narration was so misaligned from other Weber audiobooks, that I would not purchase in audiobook format, but would instead read in print or Kindel.
Obviously Jay Snyder is a highly trained professional voice, but his unexpected shift to a British accent for everyone in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, including Honor, threw me. I'd enjoyed Weber's style in the prolog, and tried to deal with the too slick accent. The Admiral Harrington rendition in the first chapter reminded me of a Saturday Night Live spoof of Margaret Thatcher! It was too much, I had to forgo the listen after just 20 minutes. I could not enjoy hearing 30 hours of out of character renditions.
While I heard all of Allyson Johnson's reads, I've listened to others read Weber's books. It's not that my listening is inflexible, or that I'm an Anglophobe. It's that the performance is so mismatched, and overplayed that it ruined my enjoyment of the story.
I wish I could preview narration, but I've not made that feature work on my IPAD.
Michael Kramer's deadpan, almost monotone read stretched my willingness to stay with the book. I persevered, and was rewarded with a very good story. I really enjoyed the female characters portrayed by Kate Reading. I'm glad I purchased, just purchased the second looking forward to the long listen. The story had detail and color, with extraordinary character development. I enjoyed the military engagements and the way the author repeatedly took some characters to the bitter edge of disappointment, yet did not dwell there. Magic and fantasy or at least a very different world were presented as matter of fact. Their impact and importance to the story developed with the characters. Very enjoyable story, very rich background. Recommended.
I have no idea how good or bad this free sample is. It will not download to my IPHONE. I'm providing the author some credibility by choosing the sample. Why am I not receiving my sample in return for choosing the sample to review?
After an hour I had to quit. No context, no description of the environment, just narrative that required more development to make a story.
Read the book years ago, enjoyed it and enjoyed it again with this listen. Unfortunately, the narrator was something I had to suffer through. The reading was precise, slightly incongruent with the New England brogue. HE READ THE STORY. Phrasing was to provide a precise reading, NOT to impart the action, emotion, or tempo of the story. While there was plenty of vocal variation, it was not to better convey the story, but to read the written word correctly. I had to replay many passages, because I missed important action or changes because he conveyed no emotion. Good voice for text book or legal documents, not monotone, clear and precise. Poor technique for pursuit, survival SciFi story!
I have to agree with an earlier review. I read (listen to) post apocalyptic tales to hear stories of everyday heros who overcome adversity. Into part two and I just cannot connect with someone who does everything wrong, loses with every situation. I'll continue to struggle through, but my bright daily outlook can only absorb so much heroine failure in a given reading.
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