Alliance of Equals
- Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 2
- Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
- Series: Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 2, Liaden Universe, Book 20
- Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-05-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.
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By Kindle Customer on 07-23-16
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Robin on 07-11-16
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful