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.
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©2002 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Predictable but very well written story. enjoyed it greatly And look forward to the next story in the series.
Great delivery of the Honor story. Excellent voice characterisation and variety. So many future books build on what happens here you should not skip this one! One teeny aggravation was the pronounciation of Manticoran. 'manTIKoran' or 'mantiKORAN' one sounds forced to me and I got a little twitch every time I heard it.
There are a couple specific things about the reader I don't like. First, she's not so much monotone, but stilted throughout. Second, she seems to pick random accent amalgams for every other character and it's just distracting. It's usually somewhere between Russian stereotype and French stereotype.
The story though is solid. My only complaint there is that, while I do like politics in my sci fi, the board room scenes drag on and on...
This particular tale involves the unlikely defense of Grayson, a would be ally of the Manticoran Kingdom. Along with strife with the people's republic, religious fanatics, unreasoning hostility towards women, they also find themselves badly outgunned. Honor Harrington and her crew take on the challenge against overwhelming odds and it is wondrous to see.
This is perhaps the worst audiobook recording I have ever encountered.
The reader has zero intonation and inflection, it is literally like listening to Siri read.
While I don't expect gendered readers, there is almost absolutely no difference between characters when they are speaking, making it incredibly difficult to follow.
This one one of my favorite books of all time, and I cannot listen to more than 5 minutes without wanting to throw my phone across the room.
If I could give this performance negative stars I would. I will never purchase another book with that voice reader ever again!
Yes, the voice acting was really amazing.
Honor Harrington, mainly because it is her story.
I like how she had a dedicated voice for each character and really made the story come to life.
When Honor was made a stead holder in a government controlled by men.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Honor Harrington series.
Couldn't put it down! Once again David Weber has created a masterful mingling of science fiction, suspense, and military action that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
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