Awesome book and series. sets the standard for space Opera and military Science Fiction. if a TV or movie series could be made of these books that were ture to the books, it would leave star trek and star wars in the dust.
70+, been reading SF since 1953. Vision is going so have switched to Audible.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and look foreward to the next book. I would recommend it to all who love a good epic. I am 68 and the actions of the characters allow me to revisit the ideals of my younger years. I love them in the audible edition. I started reading SF in the mid 50's and I include David Weber in the family of classical SF writers. Sometimes it does get somewhat confusing due to the multitude of characters and plots but then again I don't want the story to end and I look forward to the next book in the series.
The story is mostly ok but there is about 20min of strait up religious ceremony in the middle that serves no purpose except extending the book.
Also I think too much time was spent trying to convey specific signs the tree cats were making rather than something like 'made the two handed sign for x'
These factors make the book seem boated.
Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....
Maybe it's because I've listened to these books back to back it's more obvious to me but, in each new book the descriptive narrative gets longer and more filled with wasted words..(One book actually had a whole chapter describing how they number their LACKS)..I've skipped whole chapters and not missed a thing! And these long drawn out battle scenes which bounce between the Manticorans & Havenite perspectives so fast I can't tell who's talking just get repetitive. Either that or they've gotten so boring my attention got lost.
Honor just seems to be getting a little too larger than life, too perfect and just TOO saintly. It's no wonder she didn't have a romantic or social life whatsoever. Who can live up to that? So now this relationship with Hamish & his wife Emily? It's a bit over the top, it doesn't fit in. However, they're about as Saintly as she has become...
Come on Mr Weber, give a little more dimension to your characters....People come in all shapes and sizes but nobody is this perfect.
As far as the narration goes, It's ok....it just seems to me that after 10 bks and everything she's been through she should start sounding like a woman of depth and maturity. Not a 12 yr old girl.
No. The reader has obviously never read the book.
no. She has no grasp of how to pronounce words phonetically and her creative interpretations are far too jarring as are her unconvincing attempts at accents other than her own.
yes. I don't know who would star.
A good book in an excellent series but the reader should not be allowed to read books she has obviously never read herself. The terrible pronunciation of even simple words like scimitar (sim-i-tar), Manticoran (man-ti-cor-an, not man-tic-o-ran), and others leaves the listener feeling jarred after each cringe worthy attempt as does her terrible accents.
I am a big David Weber fan, but have only read his books so far. This was the first audible one from him. The story dragged on too long with too many unimportant details and the narrator was terrible in her voices. I have over 63 audio books and this was one of the very few books I could not finish to the end. I will try to pick up a copy of the book to read but in no way can I think about listening to this again. Be warned.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
Very little action in this book. Mostly explanations to things you've already figured out, or don't need an explanation for. Very little of the story moves forward and little new comes into play. Very disappointed.
Yes. Overall I very much like his characters.
Yes. She does a great job.
Almost all of them. Cardboard as they are.
I wish I had quit on the last book...
The reader. I could not finish this book. I love the series, and I had listened to the audio books read by...I think it was Madaline Bizzard, and it was not perfect, but WAY better than this one. I sadly could not bring myself to listening beyond the first hour. The different character "voices" seemed forced and the pronunciation was jarring. And little things also drag me out of the story, like the adjective for manticore "Man-Tah-Kor" which is pronounced "Man-Tah-Kor-in" coming our as "Man-Tick-Or-In". As the main character is in the Martacoran Navy, is a Mantacoran citizen using Manticoran technology as well as a Mantacoran nobel, the word comes up a lot.
I was very critical of the previous book. I got about 13 hours into this one and couldn't go any further. I had a pretty bad taste in my mouth after the contrived situation that led to resumption of hostilities in book 10. That, plus more lambasting of Republic of Haven forces with little or no causalties or damage really turned me off. Weber was in his element with space combat, but even that sucks now.
I hate this three way love story between Harrington, Alexander and Alexander's wife which culminated in a marriage and a baby. WTF?
I blew my top after the attempted assassination of Harrington on the bridge of her starship. A special agent came onboard to lead the investigation. He dismissed Harrington's assertion that the assassin was compelled. Now, we all know that Harrington is right, and the special agent was wrong. From his perspective, however, he was correct in his assumption that Harrington was distraught. Anyway she lambasts the special agent, and uses all her rank to get him fired. I found that to be impossible because any military agent/police will tell you that there is a difference between rank and authority. In this case, the special agent had clear authority. In the real world this guy would have told Harrington, "Your concerns are noted, now shut the f@ck up, I'm in charge."
Alas, that didn't happen.
Instead, husband Alexander shows up. And these two lame brains figure out the entire assassination plot. So Harrington has expanded her considerable expertise into the realm of military counter intelligence, and that was without any training. Now we get to chalk up another tally on Honor Harrington's list of amazing accomplishments.
Besides a boring storyline, Honor Harrington's list of amazing accomplishments has killed the series for me, because to me she is perhaps the most boring character in the history of literature. We need her to have a weakness, or at least have poop that actually stinks to make her somewhat resemble a human being.
I couldn't take more than an hour of this, and I love long books. This was wordy, with ill-defined characters I didn't care about. This was my first listen by this author, and my last. An hour into it, I couldn't tell who the main character was. If you want science fiction with characters you can picture, try the Miles Vorkosigan series by Bujold - absolutely no comparison.