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Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner. Much to her surprise, she was repatriated to Manticore, carrying a request for a summit conference between the leaders of the two sides which might end the war. But a condition of her return was that she gave her parole not to fight against the forces of the Republic of Haven until she had been officially exchanged for a Havenite prisoner of war, so she was given a command far away from the war's battle lines. What she didn't realize was that she would find herself on a collision course, not with a hostile government, but with the interstellar syndicate of criminals known as Manpower. And Manpower had its own plans for eliminating Manticore as a possible threat to its lucrative slave trade, deadly plans which remain hidden in the shadows.
©2009 David Weber (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By SandwichKed on 06-11-16

Not the worst performance ever, but YUCK!

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph M. Morgan on 01-13-15

great book, needs better narrator

This is one of the books I re-read and sync to Kindle. I wish the narrator could do women's voices and pronounce Manticoran right.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dave Bruce on 05-27-10

Wandering Accents

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

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Phil Culmer on 10-30-17

Great story, one or two slips in narration

A great story, but there were a few times when the narrator broke the spell - things like "Peep reJECTs" rather than "REjects" if you follow me.

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