I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to this novel. I had been steered towards W.E.B. Griffin by a friend of mine but had been dragging my feet about reading them because of the "orders" that are so numerous within the novel. I knew that if I had to read them I would soon find myself bored to tears and skimming more than reading.
When I discovered them here at Audible.com I was delighted. I knew that I would be engrossed in the story and could easily get through the "orders" if they were read to me, rather than being forced to read them myself.
The Lieutenants gives a wonderful foundation for the series, giving us the background needed to follow the 4 main characters throughout their careers and their personal lives.
Griffin is a first rate storyteller, making his characters memorable. I found it difficult to turn the book off.
As a narrator, Eric G. Dove is pure delight to listen to. Griffin's writing stands on it's own, Dove however, breathes life into the characters, not just the males but the many women portrayed in the novel as well. He personalizes each character so that even if you have not listened to the novel in a few days when you hear his voice you know which character is speaking.
What I have enjoyed most about the series is that even though it is military based, it is not all about war...the novels are about life, military life and as a military brat, I do have first hand knowledge of what military life is like.
My only concern at this point is that even though there are 9 novels in the series, Audible.com, only has 4 of them recorded with the 4th not being released until October of 2012. I do hope that the other 5 will be forthcoming.
Random House, get a NEW narrator! Hated the first version and the second is not much better. Miss Battoe has a lisp, either natrual or contrived, that I find annoying and a little disconcerting considering the subject manner. Her lisp makes her seem entirely too young for the material she is reading. Even with remastering her voice is not suited to the material.
I have read reviews where many have stated that because of Anna's youth that Miss Battoe's voice projected her innocence. Uhm, no, not so much. She sounds like a teenager trying to pass for a grownup. I have to agree with other reviewers, her "masculine" voice is downright creepy.
Fortunately, I only purchased the first book in the trilogy, I am ditching my audible version and downloading the Kindle books version of the trilogy. I will read the books, I can't take that voice any longer!
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