We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2 | [David Weber]

The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.
Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

At first Honor doesn’t take it personally. But, in time, such treatment becomes taxing and she makes plans to withdraw until Grayson’s fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning. Now, Honor must stay and prevail, not just for her honor, but for her sovereign’s, for the honor of the Queen.

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.

Listen to another Honor Harrington adventure.

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

What the Critics Say

"Following in the best tradition of C.S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian and Robert A Heinlein! These hugely entertaining and clever adventures are the very epitome of space opera." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1478 )
5 star
 (807)
4 star
 (478)
3 star
 (145)
2 star
 (34)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
4.5 (1060 )
5 star
 (636)
4 star
 (312)
3 star
 (88)
2 star
 (17)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.4 (1059 )
5 star
 (619)
4 star
 (301)
3 star
 (98)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 03-21-10
    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 03-21-10 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    240
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Following on in the series - Book 2"

    In this book the character and history of Honor Harrington is further developed and a lot of background that is referred to in later books is laid down. The story flows well and the reading is excellent. I am not sure why or if there was some logic for the particular accents selected by the narrator, but it does serve well to help keep the characters organized. Highly recommended as a follow on to On Basilisk Station...

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-06-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 09-06-13 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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    341
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    171
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could have been awesome but ..."

    STORY - This story has such an exciting, dangerous, complicated plot, I hate to criticize it. There are many characters with ulterior motives that make things interesting and keep the plot twisting. But there are two really big problems, IMHO, with this book. First, Honor is so honorable, brave and perfect that she's not "human." There's not anything specifically to dislike about her but there's also nothing to really make you care about her either. Second, there is way too much information about interplanetary politics, ship capabilities, speeds, weaponry, etc. Yes, that's what makes this type of story interesting, but I became bored as it drug on and on multiple times in the book.

    You will have to keep many characters and their motivations straight. This is not an easy listen. There are also some pretty bad things which happen in this book to Honor and many of her crew. The last two hours are very, very tense and the ending is emotional. If I had been more emotionally involved with Honor, I'm sure I would have cried. (But you may chuckle every time they talk about a pennis, which is like a shuttle, but then my mind may just be in the gutter).

    I listened to Book 1 and now Book 2. They don't need to be heard in order, but there is mention of some events and characters from Book 1 in this book.

    PERFORMANCE - She does a pretty good job with Honor's "soprano" voice, as it's called multiple times in the story, as well as male voices and a few accents. Overall, though, I didn't really care for her basic reading style. This book is about a dangerous military mission, and she sounds like she's reading a classic novel. I think a different reader, perhaps even male, would have been much better.

    OVERALL - Recommended for men and women who enjoy interplanetary politics and battles. Not for children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Professor United States 10-14-12
    Professor United States 10-14-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1524
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    158
    152
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    263
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Honor Harrington Universe book 2"

    "Expanding"

    This book expands HHU, New characters, new planets, some politics.
    I consider this book to be a page out of feudal Japan history, this book also lays the principal blocks for the future grandiose actions and plots,it helps to move beyond just space battles.

    Old "Fearless" will be scuttled, Honor receives a new ship just out of docks, She accompanies a diplomatic mission to Yeltsin star, where she encounters religiously conservative, sexist world Grayson, assassination plots and human cruelty.

    PS
    There are lots negative reviews of Allyson Johnson's narration, Despite what people say I think she is a perfect fit.
    She uses enough different voices and tones, that you can easily separate and identify any of the characters, her way of reading is unobtrusive, you don't get any of readers personal feelings on the subject, so you have freedom to make your own decision.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas SURPRISE, AZ, United States 03-01-13
    Thomas SURPRISE, AZ, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Performance ruins the story"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's cadence was distracting. It felt like there were inappropriate pauses after the articles, making it sound as if she was putting the words in "quotes." The narration was distracting enough that I stopped listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading this book, as the story seemed interesting even though I could not listen to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-02-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    441
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    260
    97
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    92
    0
    Overall
    "People of Grayson please meet Honor Harrington!"

    Once I started to read the series, now I feel obligated to reread the whole series in English.

    This book is very important in the series as Honor gets introduced to the Graysons for the first time and vice versa. The way the misogynist society perceives women in military as an abomination and then how they start to grudgingly accept Honor was interesting. On the other side the abuse her crew suffer in the prison camp is just horrible and it almost made me cry listening to it. The narrator was just that good. The number of people dying is horrific as with any kind of military war stories but still the series is very entertaining and I am looking foward to rereading and read the more recent ones for the first time too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alexandra HastingsNew Zealand 07-24-10
    Alexandra HastingsNew Zealand 07-24-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Voices just wrong"

    I love this book in its written form which is why a purchased the audio version. Unfortunately the narrator doesn't seem to have paid attention to the characters and has given the lead character, Honor, a girly, whiney voice which is a complete turnoff

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-28-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    147
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    170
    87
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    17
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Honor's honor"

    The second book in the series introduces the planet Grayson, and its misogynistic people. But not as misogynistic as the Masadans! Honor once again saves the day, several times, and manages to make some powerful enemies as well as some good friends. The narrator did an excellent job, even with all the different characters she has to voice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 08-03-10
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    330
    52
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    "One of the Best in the Series"

    I've read all of the series over the years, and listened to two Audible versions. If you are new to the series, and don't want to start with the first chronologically in the life to the heroine, Honor Harrington, then I suggest you start here. The later books get a little wordy and could have used better editing. By contrast, the here the character is developed well and the action scenes come along at a tolerable pace.

    Well narrated.

    One of the things I like most about Honor is that she is a strong, self-possessed person. That comes throught well here.

    The

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    August Brush Prairie, WA, United States 07-14-11
    August Brush Prairie, WA, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent Book, well narrated"

    I loved this series when I first read it, and am enjoying a second time on audio. Another great piece of work by David Weber with all the space battles, politics, and theoretical physics you could want. The narrator does an excellent job of voicing the characters as they are described in the books, particularly the main character's clipped feminine soprano. The narrator has also picked up on the fact that the Republic of Haven bears a great deal of resemblence to the French (their capitol is even named New Paris), and the Kingdom of Manticore to the British, and capitolized on it by giving the characters from each star nation the correct accents. This really helps highlight when the story has changed viewpoints and makes for a more interesting narration.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 08-08-10
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    "I want to love this series"

    I would like to LOVE this series but the narrator is not very good at this type of narration. She makes the battle scenes boring and reminds me of a newscastor rather than an actor. She would probably be perfect for some other type of series but this is sci-fi with tech heavy dialogue and intricate descriptions of battle in space. She also seems flat and emotionless during romantic moments, tragic moments and periods of self reflection. The stories come off as one dimensional and at first I thought the problem was with the writer. but, sorry, no. It's the reader. Compare her narration with those of the "Lost Fleet" narrator and see what I'm getting at.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 30 results PREVIOUS123NEXT
Sort by:
  • Matthew
    Whitstable, United Kingdom
    3/8/10
    Overall
    "A pretty good second showing"

    This book is subtly different to the first in the series, 'On Basilisk Station'. And in my opinion, not quite as good. But before you dash off thinking 'aw it's rubbish then'. You need to note how great I thought the first one was. It was great!

    As with all second books, this one takes less time to paint the universe that it is set in. But still repeats a substantial chunk of the first book in explaining the physics and politics that make up such a large part of the appeal (for me at least) of this series. I can understand this... You don't want to alienate new readers. But I made the effort of starting at the start. I know this stuff... move on.

    Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty damn fine book. But it was not as compulsively grabbing as the first. And to be honest this does not surprise me hugely. How many series can you name where the second coming is as good, or even better than the first with less than 3 years between them (these were seperated by 14 months). After all, perfection takes time.

    But do not be despondant. It is still great. There is more of an emphasis on space combat in this book. It still has it's fair share of political shinanigans, this time mixed with a pinch of religious zealotry. The twists are equally twisty. And there is an added level of grit that brings it a couple of steps further into the adult arena. The tension and build up is still there. But this time it did feel faintly contrived. Personally, I am just putting this down to the fact that I listend to 'Basilisk' and this book, back to back.

    In short. It is well worth you attention. But I would recommend that you leave a gap between listening to 'Basilisk' and this one. It is a seriously good listen. But that delay will prevent the 'It IS good, but not quite as tight as the first' comparisons.

    Look, I still gave it four stars!!! It's good. Honest!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joerg
    SiegburgGermany
    12/25/09
    Overall
    "Great!"

    Great novel and wonderful audiobook. I live Allyson Johnson's interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    5/20/09
    Overall
    "Book 2 of the Honor Harrington series."

    Just like the first Honor book,On Basilisk Station, this is great sci-fi and 'space opera'. The reader's still ponderous, but you get used to her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.