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Sadly David weber has simply went back yet again in the story line and told the same story from a few different perspectives. he isn't actually advancing the story line at all. Huge disappointment. Years of waiting for the next volume and he gives his readers a rehash of previous story lines.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
You'll enjoy listening to an American pronounce Czech & middle eastern names ceaselessly with constant setting switches.
What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I understand that Weber wanted to create multiple distinct settings to immerse the audience in, but the overly heavy-handed use of foreign words makes this extremely difficult to follow unless you're drawing a string-chart and constantly referencing it. At some point about 5 hours in, every time I heard a foreign word I'd stop listening and just wait until Weber discussed the atmosphere so that I could understand what was going on.
Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
This was a serious shock after binging the whole series all this year. I initially hated the previous narrator, but I ~eventually~ grew fond of her characters and come to expect their voices. This new narrator has a completely different idea on how the characters sound and how they portray themselves.
I don't like it.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Serious, crushing disappointment.
Any additional comments?
Weber spends way too much time focusing on the names of organizations in foreign languages to the point that you will easily lose track of where you are, who is talking, and who they represent. I suggest you stop listening every time you hear an overly long foreign name and just assume it's either "The Rebels" or "The Empire" and be presently surprised when you picked the wrong side.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
This book is composed, almost in its entirety, of the sweepings off the cutting room floor from the last three or four books in the series. The story weaves carefully around the major plot points of the series without ever quite making contact. If taken as a stand alone novel then the plot is both tedious and disjointed, without a focused narrative direction.
The narration was poorly paced with frequent poor pronunciation. While I appreciate the effort Kevin Collins made to pronounce the foreign language words, the emphasis he placed upon the polish words was quite jarring and further slowed the reading pace. I ended up listening at 1.25 x speed, as this was the best compromise between improving the pace and the distortion caused by higher speeds.
Overall the poor narration made a poor novel almost unreadable. I persevered to the end but wish I had not bothered.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is very long and doesn't seem to hang together as a novel, just parallels times explored in the main series.
I dont mind long with Weber books and its easier
when its audio but I didn't feel there was enough here.
The Ark Royal series for example, put plenty of action, politics and events ino 12 hours or so., making very slow freight out of telling stuff glossed ov ere r in the main series is probably for fans only
2 of 3 people found this review helpful