The Eternal Emperor was back and ready to save his Empire from collapse. Only Sten guessed that something was rotten at the core. The Empire is in chaos. The once-great Imperial Navy has been shattered in battle and lies burning in space, riven by a civil war that threatens to engulf humanity’s future. For the revered Eternal Emperor is not the man his subjects thought him to be—and may not even be human at all. And it is Sten—Imperial bodyguard, spy, assassin, renegade—who now leads humanity’s fight for survival. Taking command of the last rebel fleet, he sets out on a desperate quest to seek and destroy the dark source of his former master’s power. Denounced as a traitor, hunted by forces loyal to the Emperor, Sten must risk everything to annihilate the Empire he vowed to protect.
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The story is a solid continuation of the Sten series. It is disappointing that there are two books missing out of the middle and they appear to be out of print. Sadly Jerry Sciarrio did not do the voice work on this and the new guy is pretty bad with the foreign accents.
I might read it, but I would not listen again, narrator was really very bad.
Interesting plot twists, and excellent Baddies.
Mispronounced words, awkward pauses in mid phrase, HORRIBLE Scottish accent.
I don't think I could stand to listen to this book again. After the first 6 books were narrated by the terrific Jerry Sciarrio, John Hough was horrible for the seventh book in the series. It's like he doesn't. Understand. How to. Read a. Sentence. I wanted to finish the story, but it was very difficult with this narrator.
Good penultimate chapter of an enjoyable series. It is too bad we probably won't get the last book in the series.
His terrible. Cadence. And. Stilted. Way of. Reading. And. His mispronounced. Words. Just. Terrible.
No, far too long for one sitting.
There is one more book in the Sten series, Book 8 - Empire's End, but don't think I could stand to listen to it if it was read by John Hough. Bring back Jerry Sciarrio, please!
OMG! the new narrator is so off the mark from the last! He didnt destroy the story, but he gave it a good try...
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I REALLY hate bashing authors or narrators, they are artists doing something I'd love to be able to do, but never could. However, the narrator of this book is just destroying it for me.
I can only imagine how difficult it must be to pick up narrating a book after several books in the series have been narrated in an excellent manner by someone else (Jerry Sciarrio), so I have really tried to give John Hough a fair chance. I figured the accents would be different, since an artist would naturally want to bring his own style to a reading and not just try to mimic what a previous reader did, but that's not the main issue I have with this reading... That said, the characters are unrecognizable with their "new" accents, because the accents just don't do their personalities justice. It's hard to explain, but I guess I'd say the characters' personalities have been completely changed because they no longer sound strong and confident.
The real issue I have (and from what I'm reading in reviews now, many others have also) is that it's like sentence structure and punctuation are totally ignored most of the time. Every 2-4 words, the narrator pauses, and then starts again, like each pause, is the end of, a sentence... I mean it's - so - very often choppy that - I really don't have a - clue what's going - on at - all so far in - this book - I've - had - to start over 4 times - now and - trying to listen to this - book has made me so - irritable that I snapped - at my wife (while apologizing I told her she could snap at me in return when she reaches this book in the series ;). It's really that choppy, and it gets worse as I get further into the book.
I've never before listened to a book that actually irritated me; I buy books for entertainment, and this one has had the opposite effect. Had I known this was how the series was going to end up, I wouldn't have started it and invested so much time and money in it. I really don't want to have be paranoid about every series I start from now on because of something like this.
I normally like much "harder" Sci-Fi, especially when it comes to Military Sci-Fi, but somehow the "Low Tech" Sten Series sucked me in anyway, and I have really enjoyed the books up to now... I even "bought" books 5, 6, and 7 after I ran out of credits (not realizing that book 7 had a different narrator)... I've gotten used to the authors' overuse of "VERY VERY", and "MANY MANY" throughout the series (which tends to break me out of my "Story Trance" every time I hear those words repeated), but with the current narration, Chapter 9 of book 7 seems to be as far as I'll get in the Sten Series, because I'm not kidding when I say I don't have a clottin clue what's going on in this book, and I just can't restart it from the beginning any more.
Great story being told. Very believable story line. New reader sucks compaired to previous books...
No free ideas, sorry
The reading of this book is so robotic that its almost unlistenable. Very stuttered and halting speech that seems to drag. A good case for NOT starting a series with one narrator and then continuing with another later. I think I will buy print on the final book of the series.
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