Who the heck edited this? The Narrator did an OK job. Maybe he was a little lackluster in expression. But the bad part was that retakes were not cut o..Show More »ut. Liam would repeat a line or two a few times as obvious attempts to get it right and whomever edited the audio left these retakes in. Very distracting.
Then in a few cases, when announcing the next chapter's title it just sounds like the previous conversation continued. It's not until a few seconds later that I realize they moved on. Ugh. Terrible editing. OK narration. Good story.
How do you get through what appears to be a good story read poorly? I'm struggling here. I want to listen to the series but it isn't starting out well..Show More ». People are getting blown up, giving their lives for their fellow marines, bargained away by corrupt leaders and all I could do was to keep slapping my cheeks to keep me awake. I know it's a good story because I'm mad as hell at the publisher for not casting it properly and ruining the experience.
Sorry. I know this is cold. It just seems the publisher/producer/editor didn't give a damn about their reputation or the author's. I hope Mr. Allan can take more control of the presentation of his works.
Jay Allen writes a very compelling story of what could be called WWIII (he calls it the unification wars). Lots of of space battles and a very inter..Show More »esting outlook on what politics driving the battles may look like - with lots of speculation. This is fine as it gives the reader something to ponder.
The first book actually has the first 3 chapters of the second book included with it. If the series ends with book 2, it is a good story, and has battles, navies, marines, love, and something to ponder of what will happen in the future. There is a twist which I will not mention as it would be a spoiler
Lastly, Jeff Bower does a FANTASTIC job of narrating the books. A few sound effects tastefully added enhance the book.
I wish in a series like this they would tell you if more books are coming and if so how many. Jay Allen puts in an addendum where he describes the superpowers, space battles in zero gravity -- and things like why a space fleet zipping by and making a firing pass at another fleet at high speeds may need hours to stop, turn around and come back and other such details. It is worth the money.
The women's voices were absurdly falsetto, some of the most powerful characters sounded like effeminate teenagers, and using reverb to try and make u..Show More »p for variety just didn't work. I am really surprised Jeff Bower was invited to narrate the second, let alone the third.
Story line and character development shows the care taken by the author to build A solid product. Narration: not So much. The range of ..Show More »Character Voices used by the narrator are poor At best. All the characters voices are poor variations oil ladies. Most of rest if the narration is questionable.
20% story, 80% same old battles with the same terrible narration. I have slugged through these books in spite of the terrible narration but have now ..Show More »had it. He has an extensive set of superior characters but fails to develop them as well as the potentially excellent story arc. However, the author instead focuses on the now tedious battle sequences while repeating many of the same old phrases. The narrator's range of voices is obviously very limited and many of them do not even "fit" what one would expect a real character to even sound like. When men sound like women something is wrong. So I surrender. The story line is failing, it battles repetitious and I can no longer take the narration for what little bit of new storyline there is. The series had great potential but the author failed it on many fronts. Truly a shame but can't take any more.
Twists and turns, clones, the rich, the poor treated without empathy. The book develops as though Horaatio Nelson, Dickens, Heinlein , the Sc..Show More »rarlette Pimpernell, the Marquis de Sade , Eugene Sledge and John Basilone collaboratied with Mr. Allan on the same novel. It is fair to say it does not bore. What am I going to do with the rest of my life when I finish reading the series.
Loved it. can't wait to start the next one. the narrator was great he made me feel the story line. the death of one of the main characters rea..Show More »lly sadden me so the story line really hit me deep inside. I recommend this audio book.
A rather stolid and predictable slog to an inevitable rather than epic conclusion with several spin-off series apparently ensuing on a devastated Eart..Show More »h and among mercenaries fighting on the colony worlds... Anyway, the increasingly annoying emo ignoramus narrator who can't pronounce many dozens of English and foreign words properly was a definite detraction from my enjoyment... I liked many books in this series and considered them entertaining, albeit not ground-breaking or ingeniously literary, but this book just wasn't up to par compared to the rest, and contained a lot of repetitive recap.