OK well i love David Weber books and stories so never likely to get less than 5 stars from me. This is no different. However Having read them all..Show More » several times before my sight failed i was wary of trying to listen to them. Alyson Johnson's superb voice acting and consistent voicing over several books though converted me. I bought them all. Then i listened to this one. WHERE IS ALYSON? Jay is a fine reader and good at characterization.. but his voice is too deep to convincingly voice girls The falsetto's grate. Weber's books have far too many girls vital to the plots for such a deep voiced man to voice... and its a problem after hearing Alyson's brilliant convincing different accents for Honor .. Elizabeth...Michelle and then suddenly hear them all sounding like Danny LaRue or Dame Edna I have other books read by Jay with mainly male characters.. and he is very very good. For Webers books he is a mistake.
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 diff..Show More »icult 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
The few chapters of new material in the book were entertaining and followed Webers usual format with arrogant cognitively challenged enemies insisting..Show More » on throwing themselves into the Manticoran meat grinder. Unfortunately the majority of the book was taken up by recapping the events of the last few novels in the series.
Overall the feel was that of a tired sitcom that starts to reel out flashback episodes when the script writers run out of new ideas. I sincerely hope that David Weber was just experimenting with the recap style rather than trying to string out the plot to a few more books.