David Weber – Storm from the Shadows

Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle’s ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner. Much to her surprise, she was repatriated to Manticore, carrying a request for a summit conference between the leaders of the two sides which might end the war. But a condition of her return was that she gave her parole not to fight against the forces of the Republic of Haven until she had been officially exchanged for a Havenite prisoner of war, so she was given a command far away from the war’s battle lines.

What she didn’t realize was that she would find herself on a collision course, not with a hostile government, but with the interstellar syndicate of criminals known as Manpower. And Manpower had its own plans for eliminating Manticore as a possible threat to its lucrative slave trade, deadly plans which remain hidden in the shadows.

Author: David Weber
Narrator: Jay Snyder
Duration: 31 hrs
Released: 9 Mar 2003
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

footrest inventive

I’m about 1/4 of the way through it, and finding it painful to imagine being halfway through it. This is not to say anything against the novel itself. It’s just that the novel doesn’t lend itself to the audio format. Between the large use of internal dialog, asides, and other dialog adornment, a five minute conversation between two characters inevitably takes a half an hour, with the result that it’s almost impossible to follow the flow.

And given that most of the main characters are women, the choice of narrator is questionable at best. While I’ve found him perfectly decent on other titles, he’s just the wrong woman for this job.