Mutineer : Kris Longknife

  • by Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • Series: Kris Longknife
  • 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines. She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle among her powerful family, a highly defensive - and offensive - Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Then an ill-conceived attack brings the war close to home, putting Kris' life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space - or mutiny.

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Scottish Accents Not a Strong Point

While I generally liked the performance on this one, Dina Pearlman can't do Scottish accents for toffee. I'm inclined to believe she's reading the written down accent however, since the author doesn't know what a Yorkshire Pudding is.

I liked this, but it did seem to have more text than story; ie. it was a little long, as in elongated for word count. Kris suffers from that most unfortunate of character conditions, not seeing the bleeding obvious until 5 minutes after the reader. However, the plot is pretty good, the action is realistic, the spaceships actually use a form of Newtonian physics (at least as far as sublight travel is concerned), and Kris is a likeable character.

One of the strongest points of the book is also its weakest. Mike Shepherd was a Navy brat according to his bio and the book is jammed full of naval jargon which is very authentic-sounding, very atmospheric, and requires you to look up half the words before you can figure out what gives. Kris is a Boot Ensign; I spent the first 5 minutes of the book looking that up on Wikipedia. There's such a thing as too much authenticity.
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- Niall

Could do better

This, the first book in the longknife series, is a well paced and, at times, thought provoking book that is let down by a number of inconsistancies by the authour and awful accents by the narrator. The narrator sometimes makes you feel like their narrating a childrens book and her Scottish accents are the worst i have heard in a long time. The main flaw in this book is that the authour has clearly not done enough research into his subject matter. From his implying that Highlanders came from England to the total lack of any science realism, this book is dissapointing. If a science fiction authour wants to ignore physics, fine, make up some new science (like Star Trek) but don't talk about radar and optical sensors in space that magically ignore the speed of light. This carelessness mars what could have easily been a much better book. The character development is good as is the story telling but ultimatly i was left dissapointed.
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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-05-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios