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  • Ashes of Victory: Honor Harrington, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (606)

    The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH. Honor's

    Jean says: "Ashes of Victory"
    "Reluctant critic"
    Overall

    Having started at the beginning, and loving the Honor Harrington series, it was very disappointing to find the last couple of books less than I had hoped for, but I had to speak up with this one. I agree with an earlier reviewer about the use of "on the other hand". It occurs so often in this one, that I find myself rolling my eyes every time it occurs. That is bad enough, but the use of other cliches is simply so glaring! For example: "sitting ducks", "half-cocked", "million-dollar question", "smoking gun", if you can think of one, it is probably in there - literally dozens and dozens of anachronistic cliches that have no place in the far future, particularly when Allyson Johnson has chosen to give nearly everyone except Honor a bad accent. What is with the French accent?...it is awful!--please stop! Mr. Weber went a bit overboard in the ruminations of the characters, to the detriment of the story. He DOES tell a very, very good story, and it is in there...but it is being buried by too much of what is on the characters minds or excruciatingly long descriptions of motivations or explanations of the inner workings of this or that. Get back to the STORY, man... you are certainly capable of it. Please lose the cliches and the accents They do not advance the story and are irritating in the extreme. The three stars is generous, overall, but because I like so much of the actual story, it was fair.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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