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.
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
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!
too hard to pick just one stand out moment!
A must read for sci-fi, and especially military sci-fi fans. Even if you THINK you might like it, give it a try!
Honor Harrington's world is one of my favorites. Allyson Johnson's voice took some getting used to but it is worth doing that to have the characters brought to life as she does it. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series for those who enjoy complex plots and characters.
The narrator is fine. Weber has created a strong character in Harrington and all of us avid readers have developed our own interpretation. Once you've calibrated to the reader, she's great. The story is ok, but the point of this book is developing the character of Harrington. It's a fine start to an epic tale that I've enjoyed reading twice. It's a great listen.
This is the first in a series of Honor harrington books and it is a fantastic beginning. I would highly recommend listening to this series (now 12 books soon to be 13). If you like space opera this is absolutely good material. David Weber is great.
It's a shame audible does not make it eassier to listen to them in the correct oreder, because the order is really important.
But people can go to the honorverse wiki to find out what the correct order is.
love this book and series if you get a chance worth the purchase of all of the honor series will keep you in the whole time
I am surprised at the negative reviews for the narrator. She does a good job with characterization, and her voice fits the role well. She has the ability to render the voices of the female protagonist and male supporting characters well and believably.
The stories in this series so far (at this writing, I've read 1-3) are fun, light SF yarns. They are not deep, but they are well written, Harrington as a character is very easy to like, and I have trouble shutting them off when the drive home is over.
While I agree that it is VERY annoying when a pronunciation changes halfway though a series, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout, and I don't think that such a criticism is well founded here. That's not always the case (Jim Dale's correct pronunciation of "Voldemort" with a silent "t" changing to an audible "t" after the 4th book in the Harry Potter series comes to mind), and I sure hope that authors will be more diligent about giving the narrators pronunciation guides at the series outset to prevent the problem. Again, though, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout to this point.
Whether you read the book yourself, or listen to it with audible (which i've done both), you cannot help but to feel what the characters are feeling. David Weber used a great compilation of theories and great story telling, so you feel what the character feels, and you know why they are doing what they are doing. The Narrator gives the book a life that it didn't have before as you get to "hear" the characters as they speak. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, and if you can't read that well, this book is a good reason to learn. The rest of the books in the series only get better, but that's for another review.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
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.
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.
"A great start to the series"
This was my first audible and also science fiction book, it did not disappoint. Whilst some experience with other science fiction (I didn't really have much) helps to understand this universe I found that the majority of the detail was explained very well throughout the book. Allyson Johnson does an excellent job, I find the accents did help differentiate the various characters which you can become lost with during the first few chapters as there are a lot introduced in a short space of time.
I came across this series thanks to Steve Gibson of the Security Now podcast who mentioned it in an episode a while ago, I'm glad I took the opportunity to investigate. I can't wait to start listening to the second book now.
"Good book, terrible narrator"
The book is great, this narrator sounds like space barbie though which is more than a little distracting, unfortunately it looks as though shes reading the whole series but hopefully she'll get better
"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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