I am surprised at the negative reviews for the narrator. She does a good job with characterization, and her voice fits the role well. She has the ability to render the voices of the female protagonist and male supporting characters well and believably.
The stories in this series so far (at this writing, I've read 1-3) are fun, light SF yarns. They are not deep, but they are well written, Harrington as a character is very easy to like, and I have trouble shutting them off when the drive home is over.
While I agree that it is VERY annoying when a pronunciation changes halfway though a series, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout, and I don't think that such a criticism is well founded here. That's not always the case (Jim Dale's correct pronunciation of "Voldemort" with a silent "t" changing to an audible "t" after the 4th book in the Harry Potter series comes to mind), and I sure hope that authors will be more diligent about giving the narrators pronunciation guides at the series outset to prevent the problem. Again, though, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout to this point.
Great SF yarn
Friday herself. Her triumphs, her pains, her realization of who she really is.
Possibly. Huber does a good job with the peripheral characters, but is terrible at voicing Friday. Friday is not stereotype of a Valley Girl from the late 80's. There is just too much of that in the performance of Friday. Friday is one of the great SF protagonists from one of the grand masters of SF, and her story is one of my favorite Heinlein pieces. She deserves better.
Again, Huber is obviously talented, but she so misread the character that the performance was distracting.
I read this back in the 80s shortly after publication, and must confess that I have reread most of Heinlein’s works since then, including this one. It’s amazing, 30 years later, to see how much Heinlein got right. It’s also interesting to see little things that he missed (for example, he assumed we would still be predominantly using microfilm and magnetic tape for storage. The 128GB thumb drive just was not on the horizon for him).
In any event, while looking at future technology and societal norms through Heinlein’s eye remains instructive, even if some of his premises have not panned out (yet, some might say), the story is still a lot of fun. When Heinlein died, I knew that one of the great voices had gone silent. Because of him, though, Friday lives on with her family, enjoying the PTA meetings, and the trials and victories of a regular life. I think that is what he wanted for her.
Kind of like Clancy meets Grisham. Thriller that has elements of military and aviation combined with legal tussling, with a dash of politics thrown in to boot. Not quite as good as Clancy or Grisham, but good fun.
Sagan spends the whole book contemplating her navel. It's not just introspection, it's boring introspection. This is the first book I've listened to at 2x speed. I kept hoping something would happen, but it did not.
I will grant that the author wanted a departure from the action of the prior two books, and if it were well done that would be fine. Sagan writes a love letter to the protagonist of book one explaining all she is giving up to be with him. The problem is that i don't think Sagan is the horrible poet she is made to be. The book is full of poor verse. It does not advance the story, and ultimately is a disservice to the character.
It was short and free; however it wasted my time.
Even if you like the series and can get this free, skip it.
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