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Trading in Danger

Vatta's War, Book 1
Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
Series: Vatta Universe, Book 1, Vatta's War, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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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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  • Fiona
  • 23-04-2009

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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  • Catherine
  • 30-12-2012

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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  • Karl
  • 06-12-2011

A great space adventure !!

I was first introduced to Elizabeth Moons' Vatta War series when I got hold of a copy of the second book in the series, purely by accident. I read it and loved it. So I decided to start reading again from the first book and I'm glad I did.

Its a brilliant story, and gives a nice believable insight into a life in space which lots of sci-fi fans love so much. The one thing I like about this story is that it doesn't try to stick with combat all the time. (I've read the second book and it does have more combat in it, but its paced and not overdone.) I must admit I do like the boring details, i.e. docking procedure, trading etc.

There has been some critisism on the narration style. Personally, I like it. Cynthia Holloway does have a heavy accent, and a reading style that can seem robotic, but its clear and easy to follow. She manages to convey the emotion and characters really well.

Definitley a good sci-fi story and I really do recommend it. !!!

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  • TC
  • 04-01-2020

Trading in Adventure

This first book in the Carta series introduces is to the lead character, Ky. A young lady from a powerful transport family (think truck drivers in space). We very quickly discover, however, that boring deliveries are not where her true talent lay. With the aid of a vastly more experienced crew, It sets out on her first mission as Captain.It is anything but a "milk run".
This is a great opener for the rest of the series and you really start to get a feel for the characters.
The only drawback, and it is only a slight criticism, is that I'm not convinced that the narrator, Cynthia Holloway, was the right choice. She does a good job but I felt that there was something missing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-2019

A great opener to the series!

A slow start, but I found myself unable to put it down once it got going!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2017

Struggling with the narrator ...

I can't comment on the story or the quality of the writing because, for me, this is unlistenable. The narrator's voice grates on me, she puts odd inflections at the end of words and mid sentence, and sometimes almost sounds computer generated, in that she doesn't have a natural sounding rhythm of speech pattern.

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  • John. A. B. Berley
  • 10-05-2017

Trading in Danger

A very well written story with excellent narration. Very good understanding of spirit deal Coeur contacts tactics and one dammed thing after another. The characters are well developed and expended when needs must as though they were real. Very well done.

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  • Okilpokim
  • 19-10-2016

Ok but not spectacular

The narrator spoils it slightly no depth to her characterisation otherwise very enjoyable. if you can ignore the drone at times its not too bad. looking forward to hearing more.

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  • S. D. Barnett-cormack
  • 27-02-2015

Great book, generally good reading

The performance is expressive and clear, but dotted with rather more odd pronunciations and misreadings thank is generally typical. If you can gloss over those, it's great.