This is a great book and an excellent premise. Superpowers don't make you heroic; power corrupts. It's a refreshing new take on the whole super-powered genre.
This picks up right where the Lost Fleet series left off and continues with the same excitement and energy of it's predecessors.
Don't get this book unless you are willing to burn through the whole series. I think I demolished it in about a week.
Take one part naval history, one part Battlestar Galactica (minus the whiny civilians), mix with a measure of The Odyssey, and shake with a whole lot of creative energy and excitement.
The writing is awful. I don't mind survivalist porn if that's what you want, but like fifty shades of grey this is written terribly and the protagonist is unbelievably perfect and awesome at everything despite being a 'normal' guy. I was driven nuts by paragraphs that went like this: "I saw the Item and decided it was a good item. I took the Item and used the item to do a thing that the item was good at." Does the author not know how to use pronouns? Even the narrator sounded like he was trying to get through it as painlessly as possible so he could collect his paycheck and go get drunk to forget the stupid.
No. Jeff Bower makes the audio version obnoxious. I only keep buying the series because it's good enough to offset Jeff.
His voices, inability to pronounce normal words, random swapping of words that rhyme with the word Jay Allen actually wrote. Females all sound like three year olds, the asian voices are downright racist.
Dear Jeff Bower,The rank of Ensign is pronounced En-Sin. It is not pronounced Enzen. Also, stop trying to do voices, you are only able to do offensive stereotypes. 1940s cartoons handled asian voices with less racism.
The story was standard Weber, like it or hate it. The Narrator was horrible. He sounded like a first-year drama student attempting to sound dramatic. Everything is spoken with an over-emphasized breathless affectation that drove me nuts. The huge breaths between every sentence only add to the discordant nature of his speech. Factual or descriptive lines are delivered in the tone of an impassioned dramatic speech. Terrible, just terrible. If he narrates the next book, I'm buying the hardcover and not the audiobook.
Good book in line with the whole series. Weber is his usual self. Since I skipped the recent non-Honor stories (don't care for the spinoffs) I was quite lost at first since this builds more off them than it does off the last Honor book (At all Costs).
I really don't like the narrator's nasal voice and the mushy way she slurs words into each other. Her British and French accents however are great, though sometimes they seem to slip.
I love the book itself. Great story, only wish the audio version came with the character list. Only thing that bothered me was the author(s) seemed to love and overuse the word 'presently'. It got on my nerves after awhile.
The Reader: Terrible. He had three voices. The one used for all women. The Southerner Voice. And the "Can you tell I'm a chainsmoker?" voice. He seemed to forget what voice he used for many characters, so voice changes did not denote character changes. Also, the attempts at singing (more like off-beat chanting) required me to use the fastforward every time.
Entertaining and thought provoking. I Thoroughly enjoyed it. A few readers were a little dry and repetitive, otherwise no complaints.
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