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  • Shadow of Victory

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 37 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way. Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor story made worse by poor narration

  • By R on 26-02-17

Poor story made worse by poor narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-17

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Oncoming Storm

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series

  • By Ariana on 08-10-15

Reads like amature fan fiction

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-16

The book reads like amateur fan fiction, written a committee of fans of the Kris Longknife or Honor Harrington series. If you are a fan yourself then you may like the book as you will probably enjoy the Easter eggs, such as recycled names from the other books, provided you can shake the feeling of Deja Vu. I personally did not enjoy the book as the plot was slow and predictable and I had to force myself to listen to the end.
The Narration was OK and and neither enhanced nor detracted from my enjoyment of the book and would not discourage me from listening to other books read by Lauren Ezzo.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • FREE STORY: The Relic Guild

  • Hemlock
  • By: Edward Cox
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

Charlie Hemlock, an out-of-luck minor criminal has been hired by a mysterious and terrifying stranger to kidnap a young woman, for purposes unspecified. But the Labyrinth is a dangerous place, and Charlie and his companions may find that not everyone is happy with their work…Hemlock is a short prologue to The Relic Guild, the debut fantasy written by Edward Cox and narrated by Imogen Church.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a story

  • By Charlie on 06-03-16

Sample only

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-14

This is not a story. It is a chapter of a story. The narration is very good but the plot does not even progress far enough to count as a prolog. Taken as a sample of a larger story then it has potential, but if you expect more you will be greatly disappointed.

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  • The Emperor's Soul

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

From the bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and co-author of the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series comes the tale of a heretic thief who is the only hope for the survival of an empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Buy This Book

  • By Zen on 19-01-17

Good Short Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-14

While many people will be reluctant to spend a credit on a short story that can be read in a few hours the story is still good value.

  • Shadow of Freedom

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Honnorverse recap book

  • By R on 19-05-13

Honnorverse recap book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-13

The few chapters of new material in the book were entertaining and followed Webers usual format with arrogant cognitively challenged enemies insisting 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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful