The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent.
But the ruling class knows what they need to keep in power: a "short victorious war" to unite the people and fill the treasury once more. It's a card they've played often in the last half-century, always successfully, and all that stands in their way is the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its threadbare allies: enemies in the past who have always backed down.
Only this time the Peeps face something different. This time they're up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that's prepared to give them a war that's far from short - or victorious.
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.
If your reading this series you will love this book. It's a little different from the first two but the story is developing nicely and I can't wait to get to the next book.
A working stiff who loves to read. My taste range from Syfy and fantasy to history and politics. Read at you own risk!
No one captures Honor better than Ms. Jonhson. A solid story with a great narration.
30-year-old bookworm with two retail jobs that likes to listen to books on the way to work. :)
Great book and great narration. I love all the accents. I'm off to start book four now. Okay bye now
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
My biggest problem with the story is that David Weber tends to get bogged down with strategy and tactics and politics. I admit that some discussion is needed to set the scene for the story to come, but Weber devotes huge chunks of the story to it which makes the story drag on and on. It was difficult to for me to get through these passages while I anticipated the story to come.
I enjoyed the narrator very much. While she was no Mel Blanc, she did a fine job with keeping the characters voices separate and distinguished from one another.
I will be buying more audio books in this series.
The performance was fine, different voices, well paced...
I never actually finished this story, as about half way through my third attempt (on a third day) to listen to it I just gave up. It was too simple and too boring. I kept finding my thoughts wandering away from the story into other things and had to keep repeating even to get where I was. And I can hardly remember it, it was so trite.
I bought this because other reviews were so glowing that it sounded like a story that I couldn't lose on. Sadly, I actually bought the first four in the series. Thank goodness audible is good about returns! Now I can use that money for better books.
Very nice book. Weber kept the book the story line moving while he introduce new adversaries. Looking forward to listening to the next book.
Well, I'm on this, the third book in the series. And I'm bored. Really bored. I can already tell you what the plot will be in this book, because it's the same as each of the previous two books. Sigh.
If you have the credits to blow and you need something Mostly Harmless to while away some time, these books are all right, but other than that, I can't recommend them.
For me, the reader isn't so great either. She tries to use different accents for different characters (British, French, etc) and she doesn't do so well. Also I think she follows the Captain Kirk school of voicing - e.g. "Well I... guess I can understand that." "So can you ... see what I mean?"
Bought first three books in this series at once, as they got such good hype, so I felt compelled to listen to them all. Dumb me. I could go on at length, but the two big things that stand out are that the heroine does absolutely nothing to win the battle; it's sheer luck (or author design) that her ship survives until rescue comes. She's running as fast as the rest of them. And then we see her being instructed at make-up to win a man and how to apply lip gloss? Hundreds and hundreds of years in the future? What's extra sad, is that he usually does space battles excellently, but even that falls down in this book. I won't be reading anymore of Weber's books.
It's taken me some time to adjust to this narrator but I've grown accustomed enough to her that I don't mind quite as much... and the terrific continuation of Honor Harrington's adventure is worth it.
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