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Marque and Reprisal Audiobook

Marque and Reprisal: Vatta's War, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Although the exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground, Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet...and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off - because this time, the war has come to her. Someone has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky's family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive.

Ky is determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, but she needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spades - from the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with; from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, who has been leading a secret life; and from Stella's roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue that is wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, on whose effective operation their own livelihoods - and perhaps lives - depend.

But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isn't long before Ky's hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth of knowledge about ISC's clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat...or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itself - and she's prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece.

What she is not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terror - and a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting.

©2004 Elizabeth Moon; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. Equally significant, Moon doesn't neglect violence's aftermath." (Kirkus Starred Review)

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    Douglas Sundseth Thornton, CO USA 09-13-16
    Douglas Sundseth Thornton, CO USA 09-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book, terribad narrator"

    Marque and Reprisal, the second book of the Vatta's War series, is a typically excellent effort from Elizabeth Moon. The plot is strong, the characters are believable and engaging, and the action is excellently handled. No surprises on the writing side.

    But the narrator reads as if she understands only the words and not the sentences. And the plot of the book is apparently a a complete mystery to her. This begins with consistent inability to recognize phrases like "attitude jets", (which she consistently reads as "altitude jets") and in many circumstances it's clear from her phrasing that she does not understand the meaning of what she is reading even as sentences.

    Furthermore, she reads most characters in exactly the same voice, which is not an advantage, but if consistent is no great disadvantage. But then she reads one character in a strange "accent" that is very distracting.

    If it were not for the strength of the underlying material, the narration would be a strong disincentive to buy more books from this series, but fortunately Moon's writing can overcome even this disadvantage.

    Recommended if you can look past bad narration.

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    Michael Gibouleau 05-09-16
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    "I love Elizabeth Moon!"

    I've read it several times. You will not be able to put it down.








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    Elizabeth 11-23-15
    Elizabeth 11-23-15
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    "Good story, poor reader"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Cynthia Holloway?

    I love Elizabeth Moon but I intend to never purchase a book read by Cynthia Holloway again.
    This means I won't be listening to the rest of the Vatta's War series. I will look for the books in a print format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marque and Reprisal?

    The hand to hand combat in space.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some people perform a book, enhancing the material. Cynthia simply read it aloud. Very little differentation of character voices and common words mispronouced.


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    Charles Grayson Memphis, TN USA 05-16-14
    Charles Grayson Memphis, TN USA 05-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Believable Characters"

    The universe in this series is similar to that of the Liaden Space series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, but although less attention is paid to exploring the universe's culture, the characters are somewhat better developed. There are also similarities to the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, but the lead character is more human and all the supporting characters don't get killed off.

    The narrator is distracting. Most characters speak in the same voice, which has an odd cadence and comes across as slightly robotic, like the voice on the trains you find in large airports. The voice is unable to convey any emotional content, other than cheeriness, which is wildly inappropriate for many of the situations the characters find themselves in. The only variation in her voice comes when speaking as a male 14 year old and a male 20-something, where she manages to make them both sound like a whiny 7 year old.

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    John M Piper 08-28-13
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    "Awsome story BUT"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Marque and Reprisal to be better than the print version?

    Comparable.


    Any additional comments?

    My children's reaction to the reader was why are we listening to a robot.
    She did a fair job giving each character slight differences but I noticed it came accross as if it was the very first time she read it. Way to mechanical.

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    Jan MIAMI, FL, USA 12-29-09
    Jan MIAMI, FL, USA 12-29-09
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    "Marque and Reprisal"

    Good story, needs a better narrator

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    Jim Zurich, ON, Canada 02-10-09
    Jim Zurich, ON, Canada 02-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Twelve year old girls only, listen to this book."

    First off, the reader is over melodramatic for
    my taste. But then I'm not a twelve year old girl.
    The story is written by a girl and not a women, I'm
    pretty sure and it shows.

    If your a guy that like SF, skip this one.
    It's creepy and not it a evil way.
    More like reading your sisters diary.
    Last time I buy a book because of the cover
    or what written on the back.

    0 of 16 people found this review helpful

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