Summary

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.
Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew's respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn't just a possibility - it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy's war machine destroys everything she holds dear?
©2015 Christopher G. Nuttall. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ariana on 08-10-15

Good start to the series

While it does read a bit like 'Harrington Light', and there are a number of clear similarities,it stand up very well to comparison with Nuttall's other series,

Sadly, what lets it down, is the narration. Lauren Ezzo isn't a bad narrator, just totally wrong for this book. Her voice is far too light to cope with all the male voices (they range from growly to squeaky) and the delivery is very wooden. I can see that she is supposed to represent a very young woman, but she needs much more gravitas, not to mention an ability to convey different emotions. Someone such as Elizabeth Flett or Allyson Johnson, both of whom have narrated space opera very successfully, would have made a much better choice of narrator.
I am looking forward to book 2, but I hope for better narration.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Barrie Davis on 17-09-15

A strong beginning

The comparison to "On Basilisk Station" is unavoidable but that's not a bad thing. The premise of expansionist star nation, an inexperienced first time star captain with a XO who has been passed over for promotion, is a good one. With this starting block the author crafts his own solid story, even poking fun at the similarities between Kat and Honor. The depth of world building isn't on the level of Weber but who's is?(and at times who wants to) Nuttell has made a fun enjoyable world and clearly made the effort to having a interesting main character and not have her as overly perfect as Harrington can come across as. Overall It's not at the level of "Basilisk Station" but it's a good attempt well worth a read/listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DH950 on 22-03-16

Narrator's voices are terrible, story very good

Would you consider the audio edition of The Oncoming Storm to be better than the print version?

I don't have time to read the story, but it has got to be better than many of the vocalizations by the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oncoming Storm?

When the Captain goes with the XO to buy critical information from the XO's shady brother, he sees that the Captain, although part of the ruling family, is a capable officer who is not afraid to "get her hands dirty".

How could the performance have been better?

Bring in a male for the male voices. Narrator sounds like she uses various amounts of nose pinching for many male voices. Female voices for other than the Captain can get pretty squeaky. My poor ears.

Any additional comments?

Please replace the narrator or at lease get a male to help with moices.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 01-10-15

This is more of an Honor Harrington reboot

It still was a good listen. I felt the narration was sub par. it took some getting used to,

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