She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle among her powerful family, a highly defensive - and offensive - Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Then an ill-conceived attack brings the war close to home, putting Kris' life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space - or mutiny.
©2004 Mike Moscoe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
A less distracting narrator. Seriously, I listened to the sample and thought it was "not so good, but doable". 10 minutes in I realized I was BADLY mistaken.
Trying to return it now.
No. While I'm sure she's done some wonderful work, I'm not looking to taking any chances.
Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes
I almost didn't get passed the first chapter because the narrator was such a drama queen, but I toughed it out. The story is good, so I'll try the next in the series. Hope the narrator tones it down, though.
Too much...drama, voice, passion
When the main character Kris, a newly minted officer, leads marines she’s known for only four days on a hostage rescue, I thought I was reading the story of a degenerating navy and the people caught in the drama surrounding. By the time Kris successfully leads a platoon of untrained rear echelon, many of whom have never fired a rifle before the day, against 200 desperate locals, on their home ground… I was pretty sure the author hadn’t done much research on how such things usually go. The sci-fi elements seem equally poorly considered. It’s just not well thought out.
I've just started the book but want to make a comment before I forget: It would be great if readers of books about the military had military experience. Ms Pearlman reads well enough, but I cringe every time she incorrectly pronounces a term or puts stress on the wrong words in a phrase.
The story was very slow to develop for a book about a solider there is far to much politics for a low level officer.
First Shepard book
Once the story developed yes but it takes 3-4 hours for that to take place
I'm not a space sci-fi reader but I was a Star Trec fan growing up. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but the cultures and voices were all based on human cultures. If you don't mind the human references put into alien culture and listen for the enjoyment of a story please give it a try. I will be listening to the next one. It is an easy "read" for pure entertainment this summer.
As for the plot:
Kris is a wealthy girl who leaves home to get away from home. She encounters a lot of snubs along the way but rises above everything to show her true character. In the meantime, she earns honor and respect from those around her. So when trouble comes calling who does everyone follow.
I really didnt think i would like this one. but i took a chance and now im on book three. it gets a bit lengthy on the political parties and issues with the leas character but it comes around and your glad you listened to it, on to book 2 not a lot of repeat catch you up stuff thats so annoying with other writers. i found it over all fun and enjoyable. the narrator, does a very good job and is a great female narrator!
good narration, good story, good technology, very nice space action
you should read the first couple books of this series at least..after the third, it becomes same old same old
I quite like the story, but the narrator doesn't do a good job for this story. For other stories, she'd probably be good, but for the Kris Longknife series, she's not as appropriate as others would be. Make sure you listen to the sample before purchase. I still enjoy it, even with the narrator, so I'm getting the others in the series.
The main character is not well formed and all others are even worse. The story is weak and just lumbers on and on and on...
"Scottish Accents Not a Strong Point"
While I generally liked the performance on this one, Dina Pearlman can't do Scottish accents for toffee. I'm inclined to believe she's reading the written down accent however, since the author doesn't know what a Yorkshire Pudding is.
I liked this, but it did seem to have more text than story; ie. it was a little long, as in elongated for word count. Kris suffers from that most unfortunate of character conditions, not seeing the bleeding obvious until 5 minutes after the reader. However, the plot is pretty good, the action is realistic, the spaceships actually use a form of Newtonian physics (at least as far as sublight travel is concerned), and Kris is a likeable character.
One of the strongest points of the book is also its weakest. Mike Shepherd was a Navy brat according to his bio and the book is jammed full of naval jargon which is very authentic-sounding, very atmospheric, and requires you to look up half the words before you can figure out what gives. Kris is a Boot Ensign; I spent the first 5 minutes of the book looking that up on Wikipedia. There's such a thing as too much authenticity.
"Could do better"
This, the first book in the longknife series, is a well paced and, at times, thought provoking book that is let down by a number of inconsistancies by the authour and awful accents by the narrator. The narrator sometimes makes you feel like their narrating a childrens book and her Scottish accents are the worst i have heard in a long time. The main flaw in this book is that the authour has clearly not done enough research into his subject matter. From his implying that Highlanders came from England to the total lack of any science realism, this book is dissapointing. If a science fiction authour wants to ignore physics, fine, make up some new science (like Star Trek) but don't talk about radar and optical sensors in space that magically ignore the speed of light. This carelessness mars what could have easily been a much better book. The character development is good as is the story telling but ultimatly i was left dissapointed.
"Check the sample"
Mike Sheperd writes a really good story, multi-layered and with a good dry wit. Listen to the narrator before buying as, if you can't 're-read' it in your mind, you'll find the voice a problem. Tommy's funny Irish could be put down to the Chinese influence but, as another has said, the Scots is awful! I disagree that Shepherd had the Scots as English however. He was comparing the Lorna Doon Officers Mess with the English in India... Well, listen/read and make up your own mind. I've gone on to get more I like the story that much.
"A dissapointing book"
I'd heard good things about the Kris Longknife series, and while in book form it still maybe alright I found the audio version a chore to listen to. The narrator has no idea when or how to put the emphasis in a sentence, perhaps because she doesn't seem to be able to read ahead of her speech. In addition she has very little range in the voices she does, every male voice sounds the same.
I can't recommend this as an audiobook at all.
"Sorry, not my cup of tea."
I got bored half way through chapter one. I tried restarting the story several times, but no change in my final opinion.
"Competent and fun; a good start."
I had a good time listening to this book and the story was a lot of fun; nothing that's going to change the way you think about the world, but the political dimension to the central character is interesting and serves the story well. Yes, Kris Longknife is a can-do, ultra successful protagonist, but by the end of the novel she seems like she has a little more depth; the writing feels more comfortable.
Also, the narrator is not given an easy ride with some of the accents: she gets Irish close enough (though if you actually are Irish and listening to this, you might get a little wound up), but Scottish brogue is not a successful part of her repertoire. Still, I enjoyed a little bit of accidental comedy in the latter half of the book and it didn't stop my appreciation of the story.
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