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On Basilisk Station Audiobook

On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....
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Publisher's Summary

Having made a superior look a fool, Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin.

Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is up to something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.

But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.

A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.

©2002 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    K Australia 09-29-12
    K Australia 09-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "Great Science Fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was slow moving but provided ample detail to allow the science behind the plot to be believable. This alone makes this book a recommendation for all science fiction buffs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Basilisk Station?

    Probably the most important aspect was real people. No character was safe and many died in the course of the story. It meant that no one was safe from the plot.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Honor Herrington was the understandably the best character. Although, she at times she didn't sound as forceful as a leader of her stature should.


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    Farrell 09-10-12
    Farrell 09-10-12

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Top notch space opera"

    A great opening to a wonderful series!
    No matter how the odds are against her she does her duty.

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    AJ 09-03-12
    AJ 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator ruined it for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not particularly. The narrator read as if she was reading a book to a child; Honor came off as something of a goody-goody at times, and I would have enjoyed the ship's cat more if it actually did anything. That bit was shades of that gods-awful "catalyst." Barf. So, if the narrator hadn't been so--what, didactic? prissy? condescending? I would have enjoyed the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Basilisk Station?

    The narrator. Yeesh, I can't think of anything but that voice.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator could sound like she was actually narrating, not just reading the book at a children's hour.


    Could you see On Basilisk Station being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. It would have to stand in line behind Jack Campbell and Lois McMaster Bujold, just for starters.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad if you're desperate and have run out of Scalzi, Bujold, Correia, sort of thing.

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    Pauline WINLOCK, WA, United States 08-03-12
    Pauline WINLOCK, WA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the narrator"
    Where does On Basilisk Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Even if something was mis-pronounced,it didn't bother me a bit. I have listened to other books narrated by Allyson Johnson and always enjoy her performances


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    Courtney Anderson, CA, United States 07-23-12
    Courtney Anderson, CA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "basilisk station"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who loves tedious details.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Weber? Why or why not?

    no. he had good plot and character ideas. but it was basically boring.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


    What character would you cut from On Basilisk Station?

    none.


    Any additional comments?

    It would make a good movie.

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    Yvonne Southfield, MI, United States 07-17-12
    Yvonne Southfield, MI, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about On Basilisk Station?

    It did not capture my interested in the first part of the book. The first part is outlining the political structure of the planet, which was confusing Then it does on of those parallel story lines with the politics and military structure then add a stiff main character, Honor, and you disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this because it was on a series sale and it had good reviews. But the main character, Honor, did not spark an interest with me.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-17-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about On Basilisk Station?

    It did not capture my interested in the first part of the book. The first part is outlining the political structure of the planet, which was confusing Then it does on of those parallel story lines with the politics and military structure then add a stiff main character, Honor, and you disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this because it was on a series sale and it had good reviews. But the main character, Honor, did not spark an interest with me.

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    Susan Martin 07-12-12

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    "Space Opera with interesting characters"
    If you could sum up On Basilisk Station in three words, what would they be?

    Good vs Bad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nimitz, because the tree cat is definitely a force to be reckoned with.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not heard her before, so I cannot compare.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Faced with impossible odds, Honor manages to not only succeed, but does so in an exemplary manner.


    Any additional comments?

    Good parallels to what is happening in our society today (in the USA at least) with some social commentary.

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    Jeremy Queen Creek, AZ, United States 07-05-12
    Jeremy Queen Creek, AZ, United States 07-05-12
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    "Author tries too hard?"

    While i know these books are very popular, I found my mind wandering while the author went into minute details that seemed irrelevant and didn't really help paint the picture. It's almost like a lot of details were given only to fill space (i know this isn't true but so much seemed irrelevant). I understand that a lot of people probably love the details but personally it wasn't for me.

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    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 07-02-12
    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 07-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't be bothered to finish it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A Better Story


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Maybe... but I'm not particularly impressed so far


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed DW when he co-wrote with John Ringo in teh Hot Gate series, was excellent. However I was very disapointed with this story. Nothing original, seems to be trying to copy Luis Masters Bujold and John Ringo, both of which do a better service to the genre. I will however give him another chance.

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