The Honor Harrington Series used to be action packed and fun. Now, it drags on and on like a half dead sloth. David Weber's new writing style seems to be, "Never use ten clear concise words to make a point when you have 900 available." He has also managed to Cut and Paste entire chapters from previous books into his new offerings. This book is short on story but abundant on words.
The Talbott Quadrant audio books have always been narrated by Jay Snyder. He has established the voices for everyone in the Quadrant and that section of the series belongs to him. Why they spoiled this book by substituting Allyson Johnson is beyond my comprehension. If they HAD to use Johnson, they should have let Snyder do the male voices and Johnson do the females. That mix, at least, would have made slightly more sense.
Some show that David Weber's latest in the Honorverse is "Honor Harrington Book 14", others just say "Honorverse Novel" (#26?), others say Michelle Henke Series Book #3, Saganami Island Book #3, or Talbott Quadrant Book #3. Why not just add Wages of Sin Book #3?
Much takes place during the same time period as the last Honor Harrington book "Rising Thunder" (In fact, while reading at the beginning I kept thinking "have I read this already?") and it is a sequel to "Storm of Shadows" .
Whatever you want to decide, Book 3 or Book 26, like or dislike, it does give more detail and background that I have to assume is preparing for the future of the Talbott Quadrant and the War with the Solarian League and of course Mesa (Mesan Alignment). It seems breaking the story in different series provides clearer story lines for each.
I loved the book and it made me want to go back and read the other 2 Saganami/Tallbot books.
Love the story line, it's a continuation of events occurring during Dutchess Harrington's reaching out to the Havenites. Other Manticorian officers taking the initiative, making things happen, and living up to the finest traditions of the Manticor Navy
Weber's pulling together the action by giving us a look at each subplot was very well done. The complexities of an undeclared war, a 600+ year old plot against humanity, and the human interests given us by seeing/hearing what the characters were thinking.
Great voices for the characters, her wonderful clear diction, perfectly performed accents, and an altogether terrific reading style.
I'd have loved to listen to it all at once... scheduling and the occasional need for sleep interfered horrible... OTOH, I got to enjoy some of the scenes a couple of times as I found my place and restarted!!!
David Weber's Honor Harrington universe is always a joy to visit.
Depends, if they had read all the other Saganomi and Harrington series books then maybe but only if you're dying to know what all actually happened in the talbot quadrant, otherwise no. The book does not advance the main story line at all.
If you started off with On Basilisk Station and fell in love with Honor Harrington, then just skip this book entirely. This book was long winded and overly complex, with too many new characters, situations and places to keep track of. After the 1st quarter of the book I stopped even trying to remember who was who or keep straight what place had who in it doing whatever they were doing. It was listed as Honor Harrington book 14 so I bought it but that is not the case. It takes place in the Talbot quadrant and Honor isn't in the book. I wasted a perfectly good credit on a story that I had zero interest in and wasn't really a part of the main story.
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
Well, all I can say is that I truly hope that this book of conversations, conversations and conversations is building up to a fantastic book 15. ON THE OTHER HAND...
The worst book in this series, terrible narration
Not this series
No, she is terrible
A great series has been ruined
Very Grudgingly yes i would.
Having read 90% of what david has written, having reread the first dozen books of this series so many times i've had to rebuy the paper backs after I've blown the spines.
This is plain filler. About 1/4 of it is pertinent to the actual story arc readers actually care about. WAAAYYY to much introspection is done by characters, having the same thing repeated over and over and over again by 3-4 different characters is just abusive. Especially as most of those characters are one offs we're not going to hear from again. It's like the old "Soap Opera" Mechanism, introduce a character so they can introduce a story point... then they go upstairs to the bathroom and never come down again, EVER! ;)
I think since Jim Baen died the quality of David's books, and a few other Baen books I have read, have become "wordy". Either there's a paid by the word mentality, or the editors aren't doing their jobs in reigning in David's tendency to be verbose in "details". I can't fathom which it is.
good voice crap accents - sorry
pray for new editors, and for David to get his Mojo back.
buy an Oxford English Dictionary and learn how to pronounce the more esoteric names of ships that David uses. in-deee-phat-eh-gah-bull... not in-dee-fatigue-able. please for pitys sake, it's frustrating as hell to hear such a good voice foul up the words. And make up your mind what accent you're going to freaking use and stick to it!
I've followed the Honorverse from the beginning .. and I still love how the story is evolving! This fills in gaps around Honor's story and I love following all of my other favorite characters as they grow. I would recommend reading the story from the beginning. I've gone back several times now to reread (and then relisten) to the whole series .. I love it every time.
Not copied and pasted from previous books.
It's a "Honor Harrington novel" - it says so right on the cover picture, trouble is, she's not in it as an active character and is just mentioned in passing once or twice....I gave it an overall rating of two stars because it held enough of my attention to actually finish it.
I have read some of the other reviews and clearly there are those who have not been reading all of the past installments of the Honorverse. I can't wait for these two plot lines to ultimately come together. Tell David to get with it and get the next book out sooner than later.