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Sheila

Burlington, VT, United States

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  • The Service of the Sword: Worlds of Honor #4

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn, and others
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam, Allyson Johnson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Readers and listeners can't get enough of Honor Harrington and her world, and here David Weber is again, accompanied by some of the top science fiction writers in the field - including John Ringo, Eric Flint, Timothy Zahn and Weber himself - with new adventures of the best starship commander in the galaxy, and explorations of previously uncharted corners of her universe. It's a party - and you're invited!

    Jean says: "Another great Honorverse book"
    "Boring stories, untrained narrators"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first story was well written and well read. One of the other stories was well read. Otherwise, it was irritating at worst and boring at best.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Nope.


    How could the performance have been better?

    One narrator had an annoying repetitive inflection. Others were not pulling the best they could out of the text.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Service of the Sword?

    All but the first story.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on, you should have better readers!

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15598)
    Performance
    (14112)
    Story
    (14205)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Narration ruined it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator had little emotional range, relying on content alone for character development. Everybody spoke at the same pace and in the same limited set of attitudes. Sad.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Almost anybody. Alessandro Juliani does a better teenaged girls, with more complexity, at least, than Emma Galvin did. Sorry, Emma, but you have got to loosen up and dig a little deeper to get this reader to go near anything you narrate.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on, Audible. You know what good reading sounds like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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