The Shadow of Saganami : Honor Harrington (Saganami)

  • by David Weber
  • Narrated by Jay Snyder
  • Series: Honor Harrington (Saganami)
  • 30 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower, the rival star kingdoms of Mesa and Monica, and the bureaucrats of the Solarian League.The alliance stands to benefit if the Havenites defeat Manticore, and are preparing for a surprise attack from the rear to divide Manticore's forces, which are already strained nearly to their limits. With their captain, the young Manticoran officers will risk their careers, if not their lives, on an unauthorized mission to expose and counter the threat to their Star Kingdom. Follow their journey as they show what they're made of.New York Times best-selling author David Weber begins a new series that will be a must-buy for the hundreds of thousands of Honor Harrington fans.


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Great book, but the narrator?

Just when I got used to the female narrator for all of the other Honor Harrington books, I just was not sure what to expect with this narrator. Well, what I got was comedy! As soon as he did his first female voice, I burst out laughing. He sounds like Mrs. Doubtfire, sans the estrogen hormone injections.

It's a great book, but everytime he tries to do a "character" voice, especially female, I just start laughing. I have never heard the term "over-narrate", but this certainly describes Jay Snyder's style. His British accents are better than the previous narrator, but his female voices are just too comical for such a good book. The good thing is that if the female character has long dialogue, he tends to lose the fake falsetto as he reaches the end of the exchange.

If this narrator is selected again, someone tell him to just pull it back from the edge.
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- Roger

Nearly Perfect

The Shadow of Saganami is one of those "In The Middle" stories that David Weber seems to enjoy tossing into the Honor Harrington Universe. Although it is a very, very exciting stand alone novel, which introduces many new characters, its primary purpose seems to be to back fill some of the missing facts in the primary story lines of the main Honor Harrington series, and to setup some of the events which will be developed more fully in the stories "At all Costs" and "Storm from the Shadows."

Jay Snyder, in my opinion, should have been the primary reader for the entire Honor Harrington series. He can do a full range of both male and female voices and is masterful at characterization. He understands the story lines and works very hard to make it real for the listener.

The only problems that I have with the audio series is not with Snyder's reading, but with the Producers and Directors at Audible Frontiers, who don't seem to have read the series before they started recording it. They still have the readers pronouncing "Manticoran" as Man-TIC-o-ren. Since the folks come from "Manticor" it is very unlikely that the TIC would be emphasized in the possessive unless one managed to pronounce "Manticor" as Man-TIC-or!

Also, since the men and women from the planet "Grayson" are highly religions, have the planet wide pass time of playing "Baseball" and all of their music is "Country and Western" it is equally unlikely that they would have British Accents. I would be more inclined to speculate that they would have an accent closer to one found in the Eastern United States, say, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia or South Carolina. Of course, one would have to READ THE SERIES to know that ahead of time. Audible Frontiers doesn't seem to have done its homework quite a few areas.

I give David Weber's story 5 stars, The reader, Jay Snyder, 5 stars and Audible Frontiers 1 star.
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- M. Eglestone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios