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Shadow of Victory Audiobook

Shadow of Victory

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Publisher's Summary

The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!

Unintended Consequences

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned.

The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way.

Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack that destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy's industrial infrastructure.

And in order to undercut Manticore's galaxy-wide reputation as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus - a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all and to devastate the Star Empire's reputation with the rest of the galaxy.

But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.

©2016 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 12-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "this is a rehash of other books "

    Sadly David weber has simply went back yet again in the story line and told the same story from a few different perspectives. he isn't actually advancing the story line at all. Huge disappointment. Years of waiting for the next volume and he gives his readers a rehash of previous story lines.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 12-09-16
    Christopher 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely tedious to listen to."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You'll enjoy listening to an American pronounce Czech & middle eastern names ceaselessly with constant setting switches.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I understand that Weber wanted to create multiple distinct settings to immerse the audience in, but the overly heavy-handed use of foreign words makes this extremely difficult to follow unless you're drawing a string-chart and constantly referencing it. At some point about 5 hours in, every time I heard a foreign word I'd stop listening and just wait until Weber discussed the atmosphere so that I could understand what was going on.


    Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This was a serious shock after binging the whole series all this year. I initially hated the previous narrator, but I ~eventually~ grew fond of her characters and come to expect their voices. This new narrator has a completely different idea on how the characters sound and how they portray themselves.

    I don't like it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Serious, crushing disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Weber spends way too much time focusing on the names of organizations in foreign languages to the point that you will easily lose track of where you are, who is talking, and who they represent. I suggest you stop listening every time you hear an overly long foreign name and just assume it's either "The Rebels" or "The Empire" and be presently surprised when you picked the wrong side.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Camron159 12-12-16
    Camron159 12-12-16 Member Since 2013

    Cam

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    "You've read 90 percent of this already"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't bother with this one. One of Weber's failings is a tendency, every few volumes, to gather up cuttings from the floor that didn't make it into the last volume, and present the same story from a slightly different perspective. There are some nice nuggets there, but for myself, I really wish Weber would FINISH THIS COLLOSSUS before he dies.


    Has Shadow of Victory turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have studied up pronunciation for various words used by prior narrators.


    Was Shadow of Victory worth the listening time?

    Not so much


    Any additional comments?

    Read only if every little detail is important to you. This volume seems composed almost entirely of stuff that was edited out of the original. It does not move the story FORWARD as much as an inch.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck McIntyre Oakland, CA 12-07-16
    Chuck McIntyre Oakland, CA 12-07-16 Member Since 2015

    jithrae

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    "Weber has lost his way"

    I don't put aside books often, but I gave up here. Nothing happens of interest. The first chapter is almost half made up words with very little relevant plot or any characters to care about. It seems the Honorverse side novels are just filler and noise. Weber should focus back on main characters and just summarize everything that happens in Talbot and The Verge as asides in the main story. This is the last book in this series I'll purchase.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth 12-09-16
    Kenneth 12-09-16
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    "Same narrator ruins another Weber book"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Weber: yes, but he's on probation.
    Collins: not unless I was desperate.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Breathless and overdramatic. The same way he did trauma to Midst Toil and Tribulation in the Safehold series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the failure to advance the story.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 12-06-16
    Jason 12-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Waste of a credit!"
    What disappointed you about Shadow of Victory?

    The book felt like it was pieced together with what ever was left on the cutting floor of the past 3 books.


    Any additional comments?

    First time i felt disappointed by a David Weber Book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 12-14-16
    Paul 12-14-16
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    "Good story, poor reader"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Victory again? Why?

    yes, on my next read through of the series before the next book comes out. Not looking forward to it


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?

    Jay Snyder, he has read other books in the series. Allyson Johnson also has read books in Honorverse. I have listened to other books by Kevin Collins and he is good. But, a bad change in the series


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not in a good way, wrong reader


    Any additional comments?

    I don't review books much. I have enjoyed the series, but having another author come in and read instead of Jay Snyder or Allyson Johnson makes the book be a much poorer listen. I like to listen to a book while doing other things when I can't physically read the book myself. You get used to how one person pronounces names and words. Or Character voices. Kevin T. Collins was the wrong choice for this book. This books needs to be rerecorded.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Klaumbaz 03-17-17
    Klaumbaz 03-17-17
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    "good story good purchase narrators annoying"

    the narrator sounds like he's trying to get his master's degree in the pronunciation, combined with all of the Czech and Polish names and words it made it hard to follow along. he gives every Manticore an effete British accent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-16-17
    David 03-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Mostly filling in gaps or filler."

    I appreciate the content. However, not much new story.

    looking forward to the story advancing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jak 03-03-17
    jak 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good"

    Lots of "plot fillers" but good nonetheless. Not a fan of Collins reading at the beginning but got used to him after a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mart
    Lancs, UK
    12/31/16
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    "Not great"

    This book is very long and doesn't seem to hang together as a novel, just parallels times explored in the main series.
    I dont mind long with Weber books and its easier
    when its audio but I didn't feel there was enough here.
    The Ark Royal series for example, put plenty of action, politics and events ino 12 hours or so., making very slow freight out of telling stuff glossed ov ere r in the main series is probably for fans only

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
    2/26/17
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    "Poor story made worse by poor narration"

    This book is composed, almost in its entirety, of the sweepings off the cutting room floor from the last three or four books in the series. The story weaves carefully around the major plot points of the series without ever quite making contact. If taken as a stand alone novel then the plot is both tedious and disjointed, without a focused narrative direction.

    The narration was poorly paced with frequent poor pronunciation. While I appreciate the effort Kevin Collins made to pronounce the foreign language words, the emphasis he placed upon the polish words was quite jarring and further slowed the reading pace. I ended up listening at 1.25 x speed, as this was the best compromise between improving the pace and the distortion caused by higher speeds.

    Overall the poor narration made a poor novel almost unreadable. I persevered to the end but wish I had not bothered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
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    1/20/17
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    "Makes me want the next book even more!"

    wonderful! beautiful! why can't he write faster!? oh yes, quality go down...Dan you reality!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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