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Crown of Slaves

Lu par : Peter Larkin
Série : Honorverse: Wages of Sin, Volume 1
Durée : 19 h et 19 min
2 out of 5 stars (1 notation)

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Description

The Star Kingdom's ally, Erewhon, is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

Finally, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the League - which is also close to Erewhon. In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's most capable agent and one of its princesses find themselves in a mess.

Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents - Victor Cachat - but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery. And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene - led by its most notorious killer, Jeremy X.

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Disappointing

Quite a disappointment. I am a huge fan of the Honor Harrington series, but became increasingly frustrated by the sidestories getting involved in the HH books without explanation (e.g. the Manpower incident, the Kingdom of Torch or the Talbott Quadrant). So I tried giving the Crown of Slaves a try. I found it poorly told, too much talking with bits of action vaguely explained, resulting in an eerie feeling of "I wouldn't be able to summarise the plot". The narrator was equally disappointing, with a voice that jumped from dim to shouting (impossible to listen to in a car), and an undertone of constant hilarity. I will not read the next chapters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22/10/2013

Eric Flint makes this MUCH better

The 9th (Ashes of Victory) and especially the 10 ((War of Honor) books in the Honor Harrington mainline series were definitely a sign that David Weber needs to be reined in by the editors at Baen, since the writing was very flabby. The 36+ hours of War of Honor could have easily been a MUCH better book at 15-20 hours. Here we have 19 hours of tight, well written, and well read Honorverse. I enjoyed all of it without a single place where I just hit fast forward.

Crown of Slaves focuses on the Genetic Slave Trade and the fight against it, along with the creation of Torch. Honor herself is essentially not a part of the story. But instead we have more of the Zilwickis and Victor Cashet, with the first appearance of Ruth Winton, niece of Queen Elizabeth.

Highly recommended.

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  • Jean
  • 25/11/2011

Crown of Slaves

Enjoyed this story and I also would have preferred Allyson Johnson as the narrator but at least Peter Larkin does a better female voice than Snyder. The other books mention the new slave star kingdom of Torch, so it was great to hear the story of it's creation.. The life of Midshipman Helen Zilwicki was covered in another sub-series. This book covers the creation of Queen Barry Zilwicki and the star kingdom of Torch. The action of the two young girls gave an excitment to the story as Princess Ruth Winton was so enthralled with her role as the computer spy for the control of Congo. This book fills in the detail that other book in the series did not cover. Can not wait for the next in the series. I do hope Audible will carry all the books in these sub-series.

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  • Steven Perez
  • 14/07/2010

Good story, bad narrator

The story is what I'd give four stars to. As for the narrator, Peter Larkin, I'd give two and a half, maybe three.
He mutters too much, and it makes it hard to understand what he's saying at times.
They should have used either Allyson Johnson or Jay Snyder.

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  • Carol
  • 12/04/2015

The narration hinders a great story.

I really like this offshoot of the main Honor Harrington series, having read the books myself before listening to the audiobook. The story rips right along, and the characters, as usual, are richly developed. By the time the story ends, you're glad for the time to catch your breath, but annoyed that it's over. Thank goodness the next book is already written!

All of this makes the two major deficiencies in the narration all that much more disappointing. First, I found the narrator very difficult to listen to because he was always changing his volume levels. He often spoke so softly that I needed to turn up the volume to even hear. Then in the next breath, he would be too loud for that increased volume, so I had to turn it down again. Second, Mr. Larkin was quite good at his vocal characterizations, except for some of the female characters. In particular, his voices for Berry and Ruth make them seem very child-like throughout, even at times in the story where the characters are anything but childish. I found this detracted greatly from the story.

I would say that if you are going to be listening to this audiobook in a quiet place where the voice level shifts will not bother you, the story is still well worth the listen. For myself, I have the next audiobook in the series, but after that, I will not be continuing with it any further unless the narrator changes.

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  • John Haynes
  • 25/12/2012

David Weber at it again

Where does Crown of Slaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle this is good old entertainment not an epic story but a good read.

What other book might you compare Crown of Slaves to and why?

This is another in a long line of Weber books if you have not read all are at least some you will be missing a lot in the story although it is a stand alone book.

Have you listened to any of Peter Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to Peter Larkin"s performances before but his is a very can make it come alive..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not realy just a good read.

Any additional comments?

As always I will stop and buy a new David Weber book any time I see a new one.

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  • Gordon
  • 19/12/2012

Thoroughly enjoyed the listen!

All I can say is that I liked it enough to buy the second listen in the series.

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  • George L Hart
  • 30/07/2012

Honor Harrington background

Where does Crown of Slaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is the first in a series that fills in the gaps in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. Incidents mentioned in the Honor Harrington books are more thoroughly detailed in this book and series.

What did you like best about this story?

Wanted to here the "complete" story starting with "Crown of Slaves".

Have you listened to any of Peter Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. However his performance is excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, It is 19+ hours long.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • G. M.
  • 01/10/2011

ENJOY

I believe this is one of the best if one has followed the series. I gave it and the narrator [ Peter Larkin] 5 stars.

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  • Professor
  • 20/10/2012

Honor Harrington Universe Book 16

"Pure Politics"

It tells about political situation which occurred after Highridge's government neglect of Erewhon‎.
During that situation Erewhon‎ sold star alliance Tech to PRH, also there are some more interesting events.

PS
Narrator wasn't bad, it just took some time to adjust.

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  • Tyler Hibbert
  • 17/05/2018

Can't understand the narrator.

The narrator is hard to hear and understand even at max volume. I also was not impressed with his general storytelling or voices.

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  • H. Langbehn
  • 28/05/2019

Durchwachsen

Der Sprecher ist furchtbar, ständige Lautstärkeunterschiede machen das ganze unterwegs fast unhörbar. Nicht vergleichbar mit der hervorragenden Sprecherin der anderen Titel.
Die Geschichte selbst ist meiner Meinung nach schwächer als die Hauptreihe, aber als Ergänzung ganz ok.

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  • cv
  • 11/12/2016

listen to it with the Honor series in release orde

I listened to this book after I listened to the book Honor Harrington At All Costs. In the latter in some places it is referred to events described in this book. though it is not essential fr the Harrington series to understand the whole plot of this book, it is definitely helping.
besides this, this book is worth listening to. make no mistake, it s not an Harrington book. hence, all the fighting is missing and most of all war action. in my opinion, this is not a downside. I never liked the Harrington series only for the action.

the only downside to me is the narrator. because I am so used to Honor's narrator, I was never getting used to a male narrator impersonation characters from the Honorverse.

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  • Patrick
  • 30/06/2013

Manticore ohne Honor? Nein Danke!

Honor Harrington fasziniert einfach, obwohl sie eigentlich als einseitiger Protagonist dargestellt ist: Stur, von sich selbst überzeugt, taktisches Genie. Aber zusammen mit ihren Getreuen gelingt es ihr immer wieder, gegen alle Widrigkeiten zu obsiegen.

Leider hat sie hier nur einen kurzen Cameoauftritt, und nichts von ihrem Flair kommt auf. Gespräche über Taktik und Politik von Kapitellänge wie in "War of Honor", woraus "Crown" größtenteils besteht, hält man schon MIT Honor nur schwer aus, aber da wird man ja später noch mit Action und 3D-Taktik belohnt.

Nicht so in "Crown", leider! Ich hoffe, "Crown" und "Torch of Freedom" sind nicht elementar wichtig für hauptsächlichen Handlungsstrang, der mit "At all Costs" wieder einsetzt.