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  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 2: Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (265)

    Filled with magic, heroism, and all-too-human characters, Bujold's Sharing Knife saga is both a gripping adventure and a poignant romance. In this second volume, Fawn Bluefield, the clever farm girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, are newly married. Their arrival at Dag's home on Hickory Lake Camp is met with prejudice and suspicion, as many in the camp deny the literal bond between Dag and Fawn, woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way.

    Peter Morton says: "Sharing Knife..Not to be missed"
    ""Sharing Knife" - outstanding story & performance"
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    Where does The Sharing Knife, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lois McMaster Bujold is a long time-favorite author. I was thrilled to find one of her books as an audio option. I'd love to have all of her work available for my daily commute.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    As I listened I could eaisly imaginge the scenes and personal interaction!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War of Honor

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    No one wanted another war. Thomas Theisman didn't. After risking his life and a fresh round of civil war to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution, an interstellar war was the last thing he wanted. Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and as long as he could spin out negotiations on the formal treaty of peace, his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.

    Maurice says: "Extensively Abridged"
    "Abridged such that "abridged" is a 4-letter word"
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    What would have made War of Honor better?

    I would have ejoyed the audio book more if it covered more than the first 70% of the actual book. The story never got to the actual "War of Honor" that the title alludes to, or the summaries that tie up the loose end. I love David Weber's original book (and have multiple copies, hardback, paperback, ebook, and now a mutilated audiobook). I will have to watch out for that dreaded word "abridged" when selecting aubio books in the future. I was looking forward to listening to the tale while driving to work -- I was VERY disappointed in the shorter presentation -- it missed alot of the key personal interaction. I did like the narrator and will look for more of her work and any FULL David Weber offerings in the future.


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    The fact that the last 30% of the book was not coverd in the abridged version. A lot of the story line had even been dropped from the first 70%, when I went back and compared. Definitely a reason to only select WhisperSync audio books in the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That is the point, my favorite scenes were at the end of the book (and thus missing from the abridged version) where Honor and Emily are talking about the treecats insight into "mind-blind" human society. While David Weber's work is action packed, it is also about intricate people, and you just don't get that same result with the short 5 1/2 hour audio presentation.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love David Weber's original book. So I was looking forward to listening to the tale while driving to work -- I was VERY disappointed in the shorter presentation. I did like the narrator and will look for more of her work and any FULL David Weber offerings in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd REALLY like to see more David Weber titles as audio books, but they need to be the full text, NOT abridged.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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