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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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    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 04-18-13
    T. Broughton Meridian, TX USA 04-18-13 Member Since 2012

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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.

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    Michael Diamond Bar, CA, United States 04-10-13
    Michael Diamond Bar, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrific story - very poor voices"

    The story is an excellent example of terrific writing that merges multiple subplots within a primary theme. Actually, it is what I have come to expect from David Weber. HOWEVER, the narrator significantly detracted from my enjoyment. The straight story narration is wonderful. The narrator has a melifluous style that is very enjoyable. BUT his voices are terrible for the males and totally horrid and unacceptable for the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hondo 03-13-13
    Hondo 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book But Jay can't Sing"

    David ...I can say I've never been disappointed with the Honor books. if you get the chance Get them all. Worth the credits

    Jay... What to say about Jay...NEVER, NEVER, EVER try and do female voices again. This book would have been so much more enjoyable if a woman would have done the female parts. I almost gave up on it after about 10 min. Because of them. I finely was able to plow on by putting the speed up to 1.5. You do kinda get used to them (Ok... truth is your ears kind go numb) after the first part. Male voices where done well and I didn't catch to many wrong words. Listen to the sample (wish i would have) if you can't stand the narrators female voices Get the paperback.



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    Gene 01-23-13
    Gene 01-23-13
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    "Good Story, Bad Narrator"
    Would you listen to The Shadow of Saganami again? Why?

    the Story is very good, but Jay's presentation of the women characters left much to be desired. Space women for he most part would have to have feminine but strong tonal qualities. More like the person that des the Honor series.


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

    Finding out what went on behind the Honor series. Getting more insite on Mesa and the plotting behind them.


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

    Women weak sounding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diane camper Dover, DE USA 02-13-11
    diane camper Dover, DE USA 02-13-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "It's the falsetto"

    Mr Snyder has a pleasant voice when speaking for male characters but the falsetto he uses for the female character's parts is jarring and rather hoakey. It's interesting that when Allyson Johnson does male voices for the HH series male characters it's not so weird sounding. The Book is awesome but this audio version is hard to listen to.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    critr Bonnieville,KY United States 10-02-10
    critr Bonnieville,KY United States 10-02-10
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    "Shadow of Saganami"

    Great Book in itself and good listen, didn't like Jay Snyder reading because he wasn't very good at doing the the female voice and in these series of books, you have more female voice parts than males, which is why i rated only a 4 instead of 5. this Book starts the Talbot Sector story and does a wonderful job of it as usual :) David Weber gets a 5 every time in my book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David sandy hook, CT, United States 07-04-09
    David sandy hook, CT, United States 07-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "who picks the reader?"

    I couldn't finish the book. I wouldn't have downloaded the book if I had heard the reader do a female voice first. he just breaks into a falsetto that sounds silly. I stopped before I heard him do Honor with that voice.
    what a waste

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Topeka, KS, USA 04-30-09
    Lou Topeka, KS, USA 04-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"

    Great Book but a bad narrator. The narrator is just not right for this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hall Houston, Tx 06-18-12
    Scott Hall Houston, Tx 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This is my last Jay Snyder reads."
    What did you like best about The Shadow of Saganami? What did you like least?

    Jay Snyder sounds like an sports announcer not a book narrator, his male voices are bad and his female voices are horrible enough to make me regret not just finding a TTS copy from the library of congress.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Snyder?

    Anyone who can do female voices and not sound like a WWE sports broadcaster.

    Stephen Briggs is my all time favorite narrator.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gwyneth Kittery, ME, United States 06-06-11
    Gwyneth Kittery, ME, United States 06-06-11
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    "Narration Problems"

    If Audible (or who ever) insists on "acting" these books instead of reading them they had darn better do it with more than one actor. You don't need dozens, just two good "voicers" would do the trick. The male portion was good, using the same "voicer" for the female characters was pathetic. Agree with a former reader that Audible needs to ask D.W. how he would prefer Manticoran be pronounced. (Man-ti-cor-an or as Audible seems to think Man-tic-or-an)
    Four stars for David Weber. Zero stars for production.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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