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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 2008
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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 Member Since 2007
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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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    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 2005
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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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    S. Treadway Mooresville NC 11-07-13
    S. Treadway Mooresville NC 11-07-13 Member Since 2012

    physics_decoder

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    "Gave it an honest try, but..."
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Jay Snyder?

    No. The writing was unimaginative, and the performance was overly theatrical.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Found high pitched imitation of female voices intolerable.


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

    Bordom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-02-13
    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor Narration"

    While the base narration is fine, the voices used for female characters was horrible, distracted quite a bit from the enjoyment of the book. I would love to see this re-read by Allyson Johnson who did the mainline series.

    As with the rest of the Honor books the story was very good. Not quite the same level as the mainline series but very good nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Gilroy, CA, United States 04-26-13
    Mark Gilroy, CA, United States 04-26-13
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    "Falsetto female voices by reader are ridiculous"
    What did you like best about The Shadow of Saganami? What did you like least?

    Good Story if you like the Honor Harrington series


    Any additional comments?

    The falsetto voices used by the male reader are completely ridiculous and take away from the otherwise excellent storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 04-18-13
    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 04-18-13 Member Since 2008

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    "narration stinks"

    this narration was horrible the female voice was terrible and since most of the characters are women, made the performance poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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