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The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3 | [David Weber]

The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

The rulers of the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble and revolt is brewing, so it's high time for a short victorious war. But Honor Harrington is going to give them a war that's neither short nor victorious.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Susan Mukilteo, WA, United States 01-05-14
    Susan Mukilteo, WA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Com' on Weber, make-up and lip gloss?"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 12-31-13
    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Marvelous story outweighs weak narration"

    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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    Dennis 04-01-13
    Dennis 04-01-13
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    "Good listen - mostly"
    Would you listen to The Short Victorious War again? Why?

    possibly, in a few years


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honor Harrington - of course


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

    yes - but that was the way I read the print book.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's pronunciation was so different on many words than the way I read them in the book that it continually pulled me away from the story to try to figure out what she was saying. It has now (after the previous two books) gotten so I can almost ignore my irritation, but not completely. Every time she says man-TIC-o-ran it drives me up a wall. I hope I can begin to not hear it in the later books for I'll probably listen to at least the first ten books in the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eero Tampere, Finland 09-01-12
    Eero Tampere, Finland 09-01-12
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    "Epic space battles in average prose"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who don't mind bad prose middle of their epic space battles.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would drop storylines that try to tell that our main character Honor Harrington to be vulnerable and insecure woman inside her cool outside. And I would have droped whole captain Young plot line too.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader gives her women characters young and vunerable voices which are pain to hear from seasoned military commanders in middle of battle.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It has very good description about technology and space battles which makes listener to endure it to until end.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florida 09-27-12
    Amazon Customer Florida 09-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not the Best Book in the Series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Of course it was because I had to listen to it to get to the next book in the series. I'm training for a marathon so I listened to most of this book while running; that is absolutely well spent time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    During parts of this book, I felt like someone was reading a Technical Order on a spaceship. Far too much time spent telling us about capabilities of the fleet and not enough time of the story line. Most of the technical information would be good as bonus material for the hard core group that really care.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't really care for the narrator. She was a little over the top with attempts at changing her voice for different characters, especially some of the male characters.


    Could you see The Short Victorious War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not this book.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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