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Alliance of Equals

Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 2
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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A new novel in the popular and exciting science fiction Liaden Universe® series. Over a half million Liaden Universe® books sold with an audience that keeps growing!

Beset by the angry remnants of the Department of the Interior, challenged at every turn by opportunists on their new homeworld of Surebleak, and somewhat low on funds, Clan Korval desperately needs to reestablish its position as one of the top trading clans in known space. To this end, Master Trader Shan yos'Galan, aboard Korval's premier trade ship, Dutiful Passage, is on a mission to establish new business associations and to build a strong primary route that links well with existing Loops and secondary routes.

But reestablishing trade and preserving the lives of the few remaining members of the clan aren't all of Korval's problems. Matters come to a head as Dutiful Passage, accustomed to being welcomed and feted at those ports on its call list, finds itself denied docking and blacklisted while agents of the DOI mount armed attacks on others of Korval's traders under the very eyes of port security systems.

Traveling with Dutiful Passage on this unsettling journey is Padi yos'Galan, the master trader's heir and his apprentice. Padi is eager to make up for time lost due to Korval's unpleasantness with the Department of the Interior. She is also keeping a secret so intense that her coming of age, and perhaps her very life, is threatened by it.

©2016 Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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The Story Progresses, but the narrator...

This is #19 in the wonderful Liaden Universe, and #2 in the current Arc of Covenants story arc. In this book there are four separate story lines moving forward: Daav/Alliana, Hazenthull/Tolly Jones/Tocohl, and Padi/Shan, all making good progress, and when the book finished I wanted more, but didn't feel like I was dropped off the edge of a cliff. I love this series, and you really can start it anywhere, so just jump in. The authors do a good job of giving you enough back story to be able to enjoy this book even if you haven't read earlier ones, while not annoying those of us who have been here since the very beginning.

The narrator for this book is Kevin T. Collins. And, sadly, he is not my favourite by a substantial margin. However, if you set the speed at 1.25% it's perfectly acceptable and doesn't annoy. The pacing is better in this book (at that 1.25% speed!), and he does a good job of providing a break when the focus shifts to a new story line.

Overall, highly recommended, even though I could wish for a different narrator. And I look forward to the next book where we should find out what's happening with Theo & Bechimo.

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Good Story, narration still painful

I have greatly enjoyed all of the Liaden series books. However the Arc of the Covenants series read by Kevin T Collins are painful to listen to since all the Liaden characters have all been given BAD British accents, where they didn't exist before. Don't now if it was reader's choice or director's choice but it was a bad decision. It was and still is, actually painful to have the characters qualities slaughtered by the narration. That being said, I am buying the written editions where I don't have to fight the narration to get to the story.

However, narration has improved somewhat in that the accents are toned down somewhat from the last Kevin T Collins narration but still, to me, very irritating. I have to work too hard to get to the very good story.

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  • Nicole
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Needs a good editor

Ok I am a fan of the series, but I feel it needs to be said that the authors take entirely too long to tell a story. It seems as though they get lost in the details to the sometimes detriment of the story. Overall the story of the series is good and this book was pretty good, but they need a strict editor.

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Good story, well done

I delayed purchasing this because of how poorly the reading for dragon in exile was done. I am glad to say this story does not suffer from the sloppy reading and meets the same high quality standards everything else in this series meets.

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The story line lives up to Lee/Miller's excellence - - characters, dialog, plotting are designed to entertain on a humorous and dramatic stage. I do hope whatever influences narrator choice will eliminate Mr. Collins in this series! I almost deleted this purchase from my cloud in disappointment because the narrator ruined it, but then saw another review that suggested listening at an increased speed - - 1.25 - - and it actually made the narration no longer ruin the story. Do not give up on this production just because Mr. Collins's performance is smarmy, arch, whiny and irritating. Speed it up and enjoy the excellent story.

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A coming of age and yet another great adventure in the Liaden Universe

This latest adventure in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe follows Padi yos'Galan and Admiral Bunter through their own separate and very different comings of age, amidst the tidbits of the Universe's continued happenings. A great read (or read to!) and an excellent choice for the newly come or avid follower alike.

If you started here, go visit Agent Of Change - or Fledgeling - free on Amazon.

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Adventure and intrigue in the Liaden Universe

Clan Korval is still in the process of recovering and rebuilding from the their abrupt relocation from Liad to Surebleak. The Department of the Interior is still out to destroy them. Daav and Aelliana are still caught between life and death in the not yet fully stabilized new bodies Uncle has made for them.

Padi yos'Galen, Shan's halfling daughter, is working as apprentice Trader on Dutiful Passage, She's lost time due to the disruptive effects of Plan B on everyone in the Clan, but she wants her full Trader's license as soon after her eighteenth name day as possible. It's just a little tougher because formerly friendly ports no longer are, and some don't reveal themselves until the Passage is in port and has started trying to trade.

Meanwhile, Tolly Berik-Jones, Hazenthull Explorer, and Pilot Tocohl are en route to resolve the problems resulting from Theo Waitley's emergency creation of the autonomous intelligence Admiral Bunter, residing in seven outdated and decaying ships, with no mentoring or socialization. This mission is complicated by the fact that the space station Theo set Bunter to protect has decided, not without reason, that he's become a major threat.

It's Padi and Shan, though, who wind up tangling with the Department of the Interior's latest effort to destroy Korval, complicated by the symptoms of Padi's emerging dramliza powers, and her determination to resist those powers because she doesn't want to be like her admittedly rather odd Aunt Anthora.

And that refusal to accept and embrace her gift is a danger in itself.

Lee and Miller, as always, give us a nice blend of action and character development, unfolding more and more of the Liaden universe, and the people that inhabit it, especially, but not exclusively, Clan Korval.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible, in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another fun story of Clan Korval

This is the first Liaden Story I've listened to instead of reading in paper and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've always enjoyed the dialogue in the Liaden series, and it works just as well in audio form as well as written. If you are familiar with the Liaden universe, you must definitely get this book. If you are new to the Liaden universe, this book has sufficient back story to understand and enjoy the book. And then you can go get the rest of the series starting with agent of change. The Liaden series is a space adventure series following the adventures of clan Korval a family of pilots and traders set in a universe with lots of planets populated with lots of different cultures. The action is mainly character driven with well developed and realistic characters. If you like books in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series, you should enjoy this series as well.

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great story, mediocre reader

As always, the Liaden books deliver with complex plot, characters and dialogue. I love them! But in my humble opinion this voice actor sounds breathless, nasal, and rushes the pacing of the beautiful dialogue. This detracts from the meaning. His reading of Shan is really awful. I soldiered through because of my commute, but will avoid this voice actor for Liaden books in future.

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Worst narrator ever. (Good story)

First, the story is great, it's about what's happening to Korval trade ships while Dragon in Exile (Korval is settling in on Surbleak after their eviction from Liaden).

Now, for the bad stuff:
Kevin T. Collins is a terrible narrator. He over pronounces every word in a painfully prissy way. When he's talking for a man, he sounds imperious and talks faster. NONE of this is warranted by the actual characters. He interjects Russian and British accents for no reason. He replaces words (I'm using whispersync on kindle and it follows along on the written book.)

I can't enjoy the story because I keep wanting to make him stop talking like a robot that's trying to sound classy while reading in that relentless strident way.

I was so disappointed when I saw he's the narrator. I enjoyed the Dragon Ship so much, this is just too painful. I switched to just reading, which meant I had to stop knitting.

Such a disappointment. So 5 stars for the story, and as an Audible book . . . big fat fail.