I loved the story and reading. I will be getting more books in this series. Great book great reading. Peter
Yes and I have, several times.The Honor Harrington series is one of the best I've ever read. I read / listen to Asimov's Robot Series, at least once a year; however, I found myself reading Weber's Honor Harrington Series for third time in less than two years.
When Honor saved the Protector and his family.
Everything. Ms. Johnson's performance was perfect. I must say, I personally think "Man-tik-eran" is the proper pronunciation (Sorry, Mr. Weber) 😜
Absolutely, they all are.
Mr. Weber, thank you for a wonderful book. (Honor Harrington "The Book", in 14 Chapters)
The story and writing was excellent, although it does make some unusual viewpoint switches. The narrator started off making the male voices sound almost cartoony, but quickly settled down, and the narration was quite good. There were occasionally confusing viewpoint switches, but jumping back 30 seconds and paying closer attention to the names cleared those up.
Caveat Emptor! I love military scifi,and I really liked this first story in the Honor Harrington series (Currently on book 7 of 13), but honestly, the narrator for this book is terrible. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and have had a good exposure to some really great voice actors. Allyson Johnson just has too limited a vocal range and can't do accents worth beans. With such a large cast of characters from an entire "Honorverse" worth of planets and societies, she falls flat. The whole point of this review is to encourage you to keep reading the books because they are great. Don't get turned off by the wooden MarySue-like phone operator voice. Honor Harrington is a dynamic character and the audio reading makes her sound like she should be selling greeting cards rather than saving the universe. Personally, I switched to the Kindle version of the stories starting with book two and never looked back.
I love the intricate galaxy that Weber has set up. Military thrillers are something I really enjoy, and mixed with sci fi, which is another of my loves is absolutely magic. Highly recommended if you like exciting, high detail military fiction and/or well fleshed out science fiction.
The entire series is for people who like long and boring descriptions of military engagements and who like to read manuals on weapons systems.
No, but certainly turned me off this one.
Yes, had no problem with narration.
I read the first 3 books in this series but I don't think I'll bother with any more. I liked Webber's Safehold series (But he tends to be long winded there too) but this series is very dull. Each book starts with a contrived 'situation'...for example this one "Here...I got a good idea! Lets take one of our major sources of trade, income AND a perfect route for an invasion and minimally defend it with screw ups!" Each book, thus far, is a long drawn out build up to a capital ship engagement. I think Webber political views are showing in this series too.
The characters are not compelling and Honor herself seems cartoonish. And holy Moley Mr. Webber - We really don't need to hear about Honor's soprano voice or her 'chocolate brown eyes' after the first time!! Could play a drinking game for each time he mentions them.
Overall not impressed. If you like long detailed descriptions of space battles then this might be for you....if you like a good story and plot you should probably move on.
I love military tactics books. And you can tell that David Weber conceived a great story. But the amount of superflous detail makes this a SLOG to get through. This book could have easily been 1/3 shorter through editing without losing anything of substance. The writing style gives it a sort of military authenticity, which sounds like it could be good. But really you'll find yourself banging your head against your steering wheel (i listen to audiobooks in the car) saying "Christ woman, just jump to hyperspace already!!!!"
Allyson Johnson's performance was bad. I'm sure she did her best, but the slow slow pace that she reads only exacerbates the problem of too much unnecessary detail in the story.
This might be better in paper form, where you have the freedom to skim unnecessarily detailed paragraphs.
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. I had the Honor Harrington on my wishlist; I kept coming back to it and coming back to it without taking the plunge. I liked the idea of Honor Harrington so much that I didn't want to ruin it. What I mean by that is it seemed like one of those sci-fi series that would get so bogged down in the science/military aspect of this type of sci-fi that it would detract from the plot. Weber certainly did get into a lot of detail, but for some reason, it worked. Instead of being off-putting, it really brought out the militaristic efficiency that makes Honor such a fantastic character. In addition, I liked reading about a heroine who isn't quick to jump into somebody's bed as a means to define herself as a person. Plus, she's got a sense of humor similar to mine that makes me laugh out loud.
The universe reminded me a lot of the Trader's Tales series by Nathan Lowell. The main characters are very different, and instead of being the militaristic side of space travel, the Trader's Tales. However, they both have an interesting attention to detail, and while the main characters are very different in personality, they're both self-made people whose journeys we, as readers, are following along closely enough to almost be living them.
No, I have not.
I don't like to give spoilers away because I read reviews before I pick up a book, and I hate it when people give major plot points away. I will say that I love to see Honor interact with her crew and their growing relationships.
While my comments so far can be pointed towards the first book, I'm really speaking of the series as a whole. I keep gobbling it up, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is fond of a good science fiction.
The story line was very good but there was too much description of things that just drag on and on that make you want to stop listening .
the lost fleet by jack cambell
not so great
if book 2 has the same boring descriptions as book 1 that will be the last one in this series