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Publisher's Summary

The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.
©2004 Elizabeth Moon (P)2008 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By L'Aura on 11-28-09

Highly Recommend

Let me start by saying I'm an Elizabeth Moon fan and have enjoyed everything she's written - some more than other, but to date I can't say I didn't like anything she's written.

This is fairly typical Moon - strong female character with strong work ethic and sense of right and wrong, independent, decisive leader, a little on the innocent/naive side, but learns lessons - gets into trouble for all the right reasons and works hard to get out of it generally with some help from tough "gunnery sergeants" (Moon was a Marine and some of the best stereotypes generally show up in her work).

I give this audiobook a 4 out of 5 because it's a good book if you like her style, although in my opinion not her best book (which I happen to think is the Deed of Paksenarrion). Also, the narrator could be better - her reading is a little stilted - areas where a character should be speaking casually are read too literally and I'd like to see her develop a greater range of character voices. But she does ok and I enjoyed both the story and narration enough to download the next book in the series.

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20 of 21 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By shelanman on 05-26-09

Moon's writing is great, Narrator is not so hot

The author, Elizabeth Moon, has written another excellent series here, but the narrator leaves plenty to be desired.

After the first few hours, she figures out the rhythm well enough that listening is fine, but she consistently mispronounces certain words... and after awhile, each time she says those words I want to cringe.

Give it a listen anyway, because it's a great read -- but Moon needs to find better narration for her other works!

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 04-23-09

Good book - read badly

I have previously read this book and enjoyed it. However I felt the reader for this audio is not good at all. Sounds stilted and hardly any good inflection. Her heavy American accent really gets in the way.

I still liked the story though.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 12-30-12

Enjoyable sci fi

Good well written sci fi adventure,with a female lead character. I also found the narrator difficult to listen to and almost didn't download the book because of that,but found that I did get used to her style,and that the book was gripping enough to carry me past it.I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-18-18

good book. bad narator

I enjoyed the vattas war series. This is a good story but unfortunately the pacing and performance is not good. I had to turn the speed up to 1.20 to make this listenable but the performance is still not great.

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