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The Shadow of Saganami | [David Weber]

The Shadow of Saganami

The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.
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The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.

What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower, the rival star kingdoms of Mesa and Monica, and the bureaucrats of the Solarian League.

The alliance stands to benefit if the Havenites defeat Manticore, and are preparing for a surprise attack from the rear to divide Manticore's forces, which are already strained nearly to their limits. With their captain, the young Manticoran officers will risk their careers, if not their lives, on an unauthorized mission to expose and counter the threat to their Star Kingdom. Follow their journey as they show what they're made of.

New York Times best-selling author David Weber begins a new series that will be a must-buy for the hundreds of thousands of Honor Harrington fans.

©2005 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Charles Calhan, CO, USA 05-05-09
    Charles Calhan, CO, USA 05-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great , with a variety of personalities."

    This is one Weber's most complete books of honor and courage in the face of insurmountable odds. I thought this could be one of those long winded books as I was very much pleased, instead it had a strong depth in its plot with a complex but understandable twisted story. If you like Sci Fi War novels this is a 5 star read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 04-30-09
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Ouch!"

    I love the Honor Harrington series, and I downloaded this book thinking I would love it too.. I just can't stand the reading of it... Jay Synder's female voices drove me crazy... In the Harrington series Allyson Johnson read the series, and although I had to get use to her male voices, it was do able I could listen to the whole book. I'll try to listen to it again sometime down the road...

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    04-20-09
    04-20-09
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    "not so great"

    This is the only Audible book I have been disappointed with. This book isn't read by Jay Snyder, as advertised, it's read by Kevin Someone, whose voice I find much too affected-- it is too enunciated, careful, and dramatic, and doesn't seem natural. He sounds like he's reading for a car commercial. The women's voices are in cheesy falsetto.

    His voice is so distracting from the story that I couldn't finish more than 45 minutes of the book. I have never read any Honor Harrington books before and so can't comment on the plotline, but the style of reading never let me escape into the story. In my opinion, a wasted credit!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Gubernick 12-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator ruins the story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the story itself is rather interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    don't have one


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    absolutely not


    Could you see The Shadow of Saganami being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Thats an interesting idea. They might be able to make this into a tv series.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book let down by a terrible narrator. And the only reason I would say hes bad, is because they way he reads the woman's parts. Every single woman sings soprano, according to his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    treeinspace 11-22-14
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    "Worst narration I have heard."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    NO. The cadence of the reading was off; The narrator went from one paragraph to another without the slightest pause and it took me a few seconds to realize that the subject matter had changed and that the conversation was not just a continuation of the same sentence.The female voice characterizations are the WORST I have heard and I just could not get past them. I am returning the audiobook and dusting of my hardbound copy of the book and will read it. VERY Disappointing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 10-24-14
    Gail 10-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scandinavian Detective reader

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    "Who let the narrator perform the female voices?"
    Would you listen to The Shadow of Saganami again? Why?

    NO!!! The falsetto voices used for the female characters is unbearable. This performance made women who were written as smart, capable and respected sound like barbie dolls who can barely manage the conversion of O2 into CO2 and walk at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow of Saganami?

    I had to stop listening A few chapters in


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    There are male narrators out there who perform voices of both genders without distracting from the story (think Bronson Pinchot with Larry Corriea's Hard Magic series), but Mr Snyder seems to feel (or has been directed) that women must be narrated in a screeching falsetto. This is especially jarring since his narration of male characters is done in a smooth and pleasing tone. This performance ruined a pleasing story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Rasmussen 09-24-14

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    "sub prime narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Good story-irritating narrator. Not ready for prime time


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too dramatic and women sound rather like little girls. Too many accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 07-12-14
    James United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Really good story line. Some minor flaws."
    If you could sum up The Shadow of Saganami in three words, what would they be?

    Story line is same as other authors but still a good listen. I question the reason for making the Masons ( Masonic body ) part of the bad guys. Can't help but wonder if he "David Weber " is anti mason minded? I hope not but will watch his future novels to see if this point continues.


    What other book might you compare The Shadow of Saganami to and why?

    Several Space Military books all run about the same story line. Several use x and xx rated sections which detracts from the story line.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's really good and gives a better than average performance here.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is easy to follow and does not jump around to much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Jay Potter 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This narrator is not awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shadow of Saganami the most enjoyable?

    The book itself seems action packed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    .... Not if I had a choice. His female voice is always yelling. His male voices are always overly husky and over dramatic.
    "Took another longer sip of beerhhhh."
    "Send them packinghhhhh"
    "Is exactly what I came looking forrrrrhhhh"
    Its ruining my enjoyment of this book and series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lanny Austin, TX, United States 11-30-13
    Lanny Austin, TX, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2006
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    "My story vote is invalid as I couldn't listen"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Jay Snyder?

    David Weber, Yes.Jay Snyder, not an Honor Harington book. He makes the women (mostly naval officers) sound like vapid, high pitched, southern belles.I like his reading of the male and narrative portions! But the voices applied to Honor and the rest of the females is terrible from my perspective.I'll have to buy the book and read it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jay needs to find another voice (even a male voice) for his female characters. I was perfectly happy with his reading of Hyperion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is only the second book I've ever not been able to listen to, and I've got about 500 in My Library. To be fair to Jay, it may just be that the narrator (Allyson Johnson) of the main Honor Harrington series set an expectation of what Honor sounded like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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