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Shadow of Freedom Audiobook

Shadow of Freedom

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers the next book in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series.

There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

Yet she also knows scores of other star systems—some independent, some controlled by puppet regimes, and some simply conquered outright by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security—lie in the League's grip along its frontier with the Talbott Quadrant. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation, the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest, and Michelle sympathizes with the oppressed populations wanting only to be free of their hated masters.

That puts her in something of a quandary when a messenger from Mobius arrives, because someone's obviously gotten a wrong number. According to him, the Mobians’ uprising has been carefully planned to coordinate with a powerful outside ally: the Star Empire of Manticore. Only Manticore—and Mike Henke—have never even heard of the Mobius Liberation Front.

It's a set-up... and Michelle knows who's behind it. The shadowy Mesan Alignment has launched a bold move to destroy Manticore's reputation as the champion of freedom. And when the RMN doesn't arrive, when the MLF is brutally and bloodily crushed, no independent star system will ever trust Manticore again.

Mike Henke knows she has no orders from her government to assist any rebellions or liberation movements, that she has only so many ships, which can be in only so many places at a time... and that she can't possibly justify diverting any of her limited, outnumbered strength to missions of liberation the Star Empire never signed on for. She knows that... and she doesn't care.

No one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come.

Not on Mike Henke's watch.

©2013 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Chris 03-14-13
    Chris 03-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Go ahead and skip this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a story that went somewhere.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep side stories smaller. This whole book was a side story of a side story.


    What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of Freedom?

    The whole book.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-15-13
    Jonathan Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I love the Honourverse.... but"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend Shadow of Freedom to your friends? Why or why not?

    very grudgingly


    What three words best describe Allyson Johnson’s voice?

    good voice crap accents - sorry


    Did Shadow of Freedom inspire you to do anything?

    pray for new editors, and for David to get his Mojo back.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Winter Park, FL, United States 04-03-13
    William Winter Park, FL, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Honor Harrington, But Still Worth It."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jay United States 04-25-13
    jay United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "On the other Hand, I'll take a deep breath"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone under the age of 15.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes, but only because I got hooked on Honor Harrington early.


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

    Disappointment. Has no one told Mr. Weber that all of his characters are from the same mold? All of them talk the same. "On the other hand", so and so "took a deep breath". Really, with how much heavy breathing was going on, I felt like I should have been reading a romance novel.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    james(fatboy) 03-18-16

    Avid reader, nothing else to do on long winter nights in Alaska. You can find me on Facebook.

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    "Another great book from the Honorverse."
    Any additional comments?

    Can not wait to find out what happens with Goldpeak vs Manpower and how the Treecats work out in Haven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florence, MT, United States 01-04-14
    Amazon Customer Florence, MT, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "David Weber gives us more of the others"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Freedom again? Why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for the characters, her wonderful clear diction, perfectly performed accents, and an altogether terrific reading style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!!!


    Any additional comments?

    David Weber's Honor Harrington universe is always a joy to visit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 06-14-13
    Catherine Norfolk, VA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "I hope DW is foreshadowing."

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Hendra, Australia 04-19-13
    Simon Hendra, Australia 04-19-13
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    "Garbage, returned for credit"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

    The worst book in this series, terrible narration


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this series


    Would you be willing to try another one of Allyson Johnson’s performances?

    No, she is terrible


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    A great series has been ruined

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelic 04-14-13
    Angelic 04-14-13
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    "I love this series .. can't wait for the next book"

    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.

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    Paul Zimmer Texas, USA 04-03-13
    Paul Zimmer Texas, USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "You're Killing Me"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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