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I will not continue reading the Honor books. I found the plot to be good but I didn't like the "too many attention to details" that Mr. Weber concentrated on. It made the book drag for me. I though Allyson Johnson did a good job - event though I hated Honor's voice. I would try another book that Ms. Johnson is the reader on!
I would not recommend On Basilisk Station to my friends. Even though it was interesting and I wanted to see how it ended, I found the book frustrating with too many details.
I wanted to read the book on the recommendation of Steve Gibson (Security Now Podcast). He introduced me to the wonderful worlds of Peter F Hamilton but I just did not find David Weber to be my cup of tea.
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From the moment I started reading this tremendous series over 15 years ago, I haven't been able to put the books down. The story and the extremely well-crafted characters grab you immediately and when you reach the end of a book, if you're anything at all like me, it's akin to torture to have to wait for Weber to write the next one in the series. I was very excited to revisit the first book in this audio format.
Unfortunately, the narration by Allyson Johnson annoyed me somewhat. Over all, she reads very well, but two things in particular bothered me quite a bit. First, I found that her voice characterization for Honor sounds too much like a little girl. I wish that Ms. Johnson had used something closer to the voice she uses when narrating (vs. speaking dialogue). Also, her characterization of Lord Hamish Alexander just didn't work for me at all. Given how large a role this character plays in novels later in the series, that's a big problem for me. The second thing which annoyed me greatly was her mis-pronunciation of many of the non-english names (French and Spanish in particular), and in particular, her incorrect pronunciation of the word "Manticoran" which occurs quite regularly throughout the story.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to this audio book, and I think you will too, especially if you're not as picky about the narration as I am. I have the next book in the series in audio format as well, but that will be the last one I listen to as the narration problems tarnish the experience for me. I'll be sticking with the paper books, though!
I really like the story. The universe is really well thought out. The story is multi faceted. All and all a good take on space travel and space warfare.
This that said the narrater is really bad. We listened to this cross country. My wife (big scifi fan) couldn't listen to it. The most memorable part of the trip was: we where listening to the book on my phone when the GPS came on and told us to turn left, it was the same voice as the narrator.
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
The story kept me listening and being involved, in a way that is unusual for me, I was up until the wee small hours, just so I could see how it ended. Talk about "nail biting", I was on the edge of my seat by the end, and a complete Honor Harrington fan. I have just downloaded number two. David Weber I think you are great.
The story twisted and turned, but you could always keep up with it, but had no idea how it would finish up, right up to the last five minutes.
As I have recently gone blind, finding a narrator as good as Allyson Johnson is a very big plus. She handles all the voices and accents like a champ. I just know I would not have read this book if the sample had not hooked me in the first place, then the story reeled me in. So yes Allyson Johnson brought the book alive for me.
I did not laugh or cry, but I was enthralled and trying to help Honor on, right up until the end.
I just know I shall be reading the whole series, no matter what else goes on in my life. Honor Harrington is my kind of hero!
This was interesting, I found the storey good in depth and characters engaging. But the narration really does a number on this one.
Having read the print version some years ago,the audio was also most enjoyable.I thought Allyson Johnson did a wonderful job.
A more focused story experience, and hearing the story gives the listener a much different perception and reality than just reading.
Oh my goodness gracious sakes alive! You mean you've not read any of the Honor Harrington books yet? I envy you. What a treat you have coming.
David Weber is the Robert Heinlein of our day. He creates realistic universes in which real people live, love, fight, live and die. Our heroine is a young female officer in the space navy of the Kingdom of Manticore, who is being given command of her first "hyper-capable" ship as the book opens. She's a very normal young woman, who was brought up on a heavy gravity planet, about half again the gravity of earth and she's been genetically modified to withstand that environment. And, oh yes, she's also been adopted by one of the telepathic inhabitants of that planet, a treecat, who goes everywhere with her and is sort of her familiar, though she's a space ship captain, not a witch. There are no witches in this universe, silly.
Still, she can, despite not being a witch, sense the emotions of people around her through a link with her "cat", an ability she keeps to herself. She takes this new command and assumes the responsibilties of an entire star system called Basilisk. There are trials and tribulations, plots and counter plots. Honor perserveres and it ends up where she kicks some butt and takes some names and the final action is an epic battle with a ship that out classes her older war ship. She manages to pull it off and she becomes the symbol of what a Queen's naval officer should be.
She and her ship and what's left of her crew return to a heros welcome in Manticore.
And this is just the beginning. At my last count there are another 12 books just as good in this seriies and there are more on the way. If you're like I am, you'll laugh with pleasure, groan with horror, cheer with real zeal and cry real tear as you follow the carreer of this bigger than life heroine. Read all the Honorverse books and enjoy. I envy you your first time through.
It's not bad, but this is the setup for a long series and he spend a good deal of time discussing the political situation and how the technology works. I found the enemies plans a bit dull and the end resolution unsatisfying. I liked it enough that I'll try the next book at some point, hoping that now that things are setup he doesn't need to do it again and the story will thus be more satisfying.
The story is a fun one of Horatio Hornblower type set in future space-faring human society. Narrator is very good. The only thing that bothers me is her pronunciation of Manticoran (adjectival form referring to the home planet of the heroine, Manticore) as Man-tick-or-an. However, as Ms. Johnson is only following Mr. Weber's pronunciation notes, she can't be blamed. (Mr. Weber later said something to the effect that he must have been having a senior moment at the time, and the error was his. Very graciously, I might add.) It does jar, however, which is the only reason I'm not giving the book 5 stars.