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On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1 | [David Weber]

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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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 10-15-11
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 10-15-11 Member Since 2011

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "Well Done, Even Narration"

    Some have complained about the narration. Bunk! As a soprano voice (as the character is) she does a fine job. I loved the story and the narration was good. I base that on if I can follow the story while working at the computer - it was very good.

    I enjoyed the book greatly. Those complaining of the narration I believe just are not used high voices. I will, when the time comes, purchase the rest of the series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eli United States 05-03-09
    Eli United States 05-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "About dang time"

    It is about time the Honor books became available. I have read these multiple times and am glad they are finally available in audio. I agree with some of the sentiments regarding the narration, it could be significantly better but it is also far from the worst I have heard. I give it 4 stars because of the narration but I am also willing to overlook it because I am glad the books are available.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-22-09
    Norman Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-22-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Honor Arrives"

    After long last Honor Harrington arrives at Audible. David Weber's Military Sc-Fi series finally gets the Audio Treatment It deserves. 11+ books and growing. The narrator tries to match Honor's inflections with mixed results as her voice is Hit or Miss with the Others. Honor's Origin story is filled with intrigue and mystery. Weber does an excellent Job of seeing through the eyes of not only Honor But her enemies and crew as well. Weber's Universe is filled with semi-realistic science with the battles matching sea Battles rather than the super quick Star Trek types. The Battles will last for chapters and pages and seen from inside both ships. If you don't mind long exposition you'll enjoy the Book. Fans should have little worry.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Blaine Spanish Fork, UT, United States 03-28-09
    Blaine Spanish Fork, UT, United States 03-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Mixed feelings"

    I have everything David Weber has written either as a real book (he's classed as "Buy In Hardbound", which few authors in my library have achieved) or eBook. The book is great. It's an extremely good series about Honor's rise to prominence over her career. That's the good part.
    The bad part: the narrator. For the love of all that's holy, is it impossible for these readers to know their subject material? How this one reconciles the pronunciation between Manticore and Manticoran is beyond me. There are other similar issues, but this one is like a knife to the ears every time. Some of here characterizations are crazy. In a universe set hundreds of light years from Earth, where do all these French and Cockney accents come from?
    I've already resigned myself to having to live with this, since I'm determined to own the series. Please, producer, remember that there's a difference between being able to read and doing so competently. This one falls far short. My rating is for the story. The reader should be given one star. Or maybe even go into negative territory.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Whitman, MA, USA 12-30-09
    Adam Whitman, MA, USA 12-30-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Slow Start, Great Finish"

    I was worried about the narration from the reviews, but found it more than adequate.

    The start of the story was a little slow, and I was wondering if it was going to be the average redemption story. But the naval/marine simultaneous engagement and great character development was totally worth it. I also liked the nod to Prince Roger.

    Because I am a total nerd, I am going to write a Star Frontiers adventure based around this book.

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    Jim Bakersfield, CA, USA 03-22-09
    Jim Bakersfield, CA, USA 03-22-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Great book! Bad narrator."

    I was excited to see that the Honor Harrington series had finally been recorded - it's fantastic pulp fiction - and I was looking for something just like this to keep me occupied on the morning commute.

    Imagine my disappointment when a newscaster started reading the book to me. I suppose I've gotten spoiled by narrators who actually tell a story, create characters, and place dramatic emphasis in the appropriate places. I've even been impressed with authors who read their own material and stress the importance of certain concepts. Unfortunately, this reader has the same vocal pattern for each of her sentences, be it exposition, action, or dialogue. And it sounds as if she's reading the news.

    I'm very disappointed that she's apparently been contracted to record the entire series. I'll be greatly torn between wanting to listen to the rest of the books, and the amount of annoyance I'm willing to sit through to occasionally accidentally get lost in the story.

    I give the book a 5 for being a great story.
    I give the narrator a 1 for complete lack of understanding of the art of narration.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Lake Mills, WI, USA 03-25-09
    Allison Lake Mills, WI, USA 03-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing Narration"

    I have been a huge fan of this series and was thrilled to see it show up on Audible. So I immediately bought it and started listening to it and was...disappointed. The narrator sounding like she was doing a feature on NPR and while I am a big fan of NPR it is not the voice and cadance that I would have liked to hear for this series.

    I found that scenes that should have had excitement and tension did not and when the speaker's voice should have been a flat inflection as was indicated by the text it was not.

    I find myself debating purchasing other books in this series which is a disappointment for me.

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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 07-16-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 07-16-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "First half a 3, last half a 5"

    Story - Since this is the first of the series, it begins with a lot of background information, character building and somewhat confusing politics, but after that's out of the way (hopefully), there is a lot going on. There is interesting crew dynamics, a mystery to solve, battle strategies to plan and plenty of actual combat. Honor is a smart, strong and dedicated starship captain who is determined to fulfill her duties regardless of risk, and I think her duties will provide for an excellent sci-fi series!

    The book is not exactly what I'd call an "easy listen," but neither is it mentally or emotionally taxing. It comes to a satisfying conclusion, so it can stand alone as a story.

    Narration - This narrator does a great job. I love it when men sound like men and women sound like women, and she does both sexes well. Not only that, she does some pretty decent Irish, French and Spanish accents.

    Overall - This book is not a must-hear, but it provides some good background information which may be helpful if you continue the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra North Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-13-12
    Debra North Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fantastic narration!"

    The narrator, Allyson Johnson, has done a fantastic job -- although it must have felt more like narrating a technical manual rather than a novel ;)

    I read & enjoyed some of this series years (& years) ago and it is wonderful to be able to listen to them. There are many characters and they are all voiced uniquely and very easy to follow.

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    Tom SEARCY, ARKANSAS, United States 02-09-12
    Tom SEARCY, ARKANSAS, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't put it down."
    What made the experience of listening to On Basilisk Station the most enjoyable?

    I had no idea what to expect when I started this book as I found it by accident. I was hooked almost immediately, and now (to the chagrin of my wife) I'm hooked on the entire series! David Weber does an excellent job of mixing action sequences, political drama, religion, believable technology, and a contagious sense of honor and duty into his stories. It's easy to accidentally start


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite aspect of the story is it's depth and believe-ability (in the context of the universe it exists in). It's easy to put yourself right into the story as an observer, and what a great seat to have!


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    too hard to pick just one stand out moment!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for sci-fi, and especially military sci-fi fans. Even if you THINK you might like it, give it a try!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "OMG I could not get into this at all"

    Save your money or credits this book boring! I will listen to most things but just could not get into this at all!

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