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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"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)
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.
I look forward to reading this book, as the story seemed interesting even though I could not listen to it.
No, yet as I make that flat out statement, I do not wish to take away from Ms Johnson's talented reading skills. In the first book I was prepared not to like the way she read. Well. ... . maybe that is only a half truth. I was determined not to like the way she read. But, by the end of the fourth chapter, I was willing to admit that she was not bad, still not good by any means but not bad. By the end of the seventh chapter she was getting better and by the end of the ninth chapter we were old friends.
She continues her high level of reading into the second book as well. So, if I think this highly of her reading skills why do I still think that personal reading is better. . .? When you read a book on your own you need to be so wraped up in the reading that you literly climb into the book and let it transport you to the time and place you are reading about. When someone elser is reading to you, your mind has a tendency to wander more often than when you personally read the text.
Again Weber makes several memorable moments in his books and this one is no excception. The best I believe is when Nimitz and Honor show their willingness to get up close and personal with the assains that attempted to assinate Proctector Benjamine.
Another when Honor proves human and looses control and slaps Reginald Houseman across the room and again at the Blackbird base and had to be restrained by Scotty Tremaine.
And once again in the final battle as to how her people again and again surpass the best that can be done to reach mythic proportions. We have many stories of such daring in extream crisis throughout the history of mankind and each and all can be attributited to the mark that one person made upon another by great sacrifice in the face of adversity.
The final run for Grayson by the Masadan's who had finally figured out that all they had to do to defeat Harrington was to keep coming and pounding away at her because their ship was bigger, meaner, and tougher. She could not last. Honor realizing this and having already made up her mind that it would be her final attempt to stop or slow them down, turned to the communications office and requested that Hammermill be played as they made the final run.
Curage, Guts, and integrity . . . . Honor Harrington makes Horatio Hornblower look like a Pansey!
I have read every book in the Honor Harrington universe twice over and listened to all at least once. Many people complain about his (Mr Weber) penchant for techno babble. . . . . if a world class chef cooks me a prim cut of steak and it is the best in existance. . . . I will listen to him tell me how he is going to prepare it and tenderize it and flavour it and any other thing he wants to tell me, as long as he delivers the most magnificent piece of meat I have ever eaten!
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!
The plot is very much like the first book, wherein Haven seeks to dupe Manticore to gain advantage for the upcoming war and Honor manages to thwart them. It was okay and there was an exciting part where Honor and her tree cat get to show some martial arts skills. The only thing that bugged me was the narrator failing to express the appropriate emotions. It was mostly jarring because the writing kept saying that someone's voice was cold or angry or sad and then the narrator read their part exactly like every other time.
Anyway, if you liked the first one this is more of the same.
Excellent story as with the first book. Narration sounds more natural to me (the narrator was getting noticeably better through the first book). Maybe I'm more used to the context/viewpoint switches now than in the first, but it was easier to keep track of who was talking and what was going on where.
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