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I found this audio book difficult to enjoy. The story was excellent as always with Weber but the narrator's ridiculous female voices made it very difficult to follow conversations.
In one conversation between characters Abigail Hearns (he has chosen a straight RP accent for this character) and Helen Zilwicki (a horrible sounding sing-song irish lilt) the accents actually switched several times so each character was speaking with the others voice. There are many more instances of this and it is incredibly frustrating. It doesn't ruin the audiobook but it does make it a lot harder to follow.
I may get other David Weber audiobooks in future but only if they feature a different narrator
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A well told story set in the "honorverse" a must listen for all who follow the series or the next "main line" book Mission of Honor will not make alot of sense.
I want to point out to the negative reviews that this is the 14th book in the Honor Harrington Series, while marketed as a sequel to The Shadow of Saganami it is not truly a sequel, infact the author does not think of it as a sequel but as a major part in the main story.
the best i can say is, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS WITH OUT READING?LISTENING TO THE REST OF THE SERIES
if you do not it will not make sense to you and will leave you feeling like the negative reviewers
now i do have a bit of a negative, and that is the reader. he mispronounces Manticoran as Man TIC orin. and his female voices are poorly done, should have been 2 readers 1 male, 1 female
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
How the hell do you mispronounce "Manticore" 3/4 of the time? Wasn't anyone involved in the production besides the reader? The "shadows" series has been the most consistently likable subseries in the Honorverse for a while, but Snyder manages such an over-punchy delivery half the time that the book becomes a mockery of itself. When he relaxes a little and forgets about over-enunciating everything it's not so bad, and a good production team would have been able to guide him to a much better overall result.
Still - when your main character (and Henke is the focus of this book, though it is something more of an ensemble) is female, you should take a long, hard look at any decision to use a male reader. The modern trend seems to be that all readers are expected to "do voices", and Snyder's read of Henke is truly awful. Much better if he just read it in a normal voice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful