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A Rising Thunder Audiobook

A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

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Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

The war between the People’s Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace established, but grave danger looms - for there is a plan well on its way to completion designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment.

Task number one for Honor is to defend against another devastating Mesan strike - a strike that may well spell the doom of the Star Kingdom in one fell blow. It is time to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom’s wealth and power - but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the Earth-based Solarian League inevitably will take as a declaration of war.

The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom: the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment!

©2012 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Gregory United States 02-09-15
    Gregory United States 02-09-15
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    "Not as good as the others."
    What would have made A Rising Thunder better?

    Less political intrigue. More action. Fewer characters. The whole book is too confusing to follow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    I'm not sure. At least not on the Harrigton series. I think he's bled this story line dry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one. The battle scenes seemed to be after thoughts not the base storyline.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience. I could not wait for the book to be over. I don't like to not finish a book when started. I wanted it to get better. I'm really glad I got it on sale. If I paid full price I would return it.


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    Andy F Richmond, VA, USA 02-01-15
    Andy F Richmond, VA, USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another good book in the Honorverse."

    The saga continues following Honor Harrington and the empire of manticore. This story does not follow Honor as closely as the others giving an interesting perspective into the world of Honor Harrington. A fun read/listen all around.

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    chanteryl jasper 01-15-15
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    "Enjoyed it a lot."

    Where is book 14? I'm ready to continue the story. I've listened to this book three times already.

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    Lee Husted Rock Hill, SC 07-21-14
    Lee Husted Rock Hill, SC 07-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the series"
    What made the experience of listening to A Rising Thunder the most enjoyable?

    Strong female lead with old fashion values, like a female John Wayne.


    What other book might you compare A Rising Thunder to and why?

    It's a sci-fi space series, I think one of the best.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, great narrator, easy too listen to, allows listeners to concentrate on the story not the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would take a HBO (or the Like) series to tell the main story and this book is a small piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish the author would write more books in this series faster!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14
    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I think this series is done."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend the series upto but not including this installment. The first third of the book dragged on, spelling out the 'evil Solarian plot' as if the readers are intellectually challenged. The overuse of pompous (supposedly 'aristocratic english lords and ladies ?), and the equally distracting ' I'm an incredibly smart engineer, therefore I struggle with proper sentence construction, in a sort of cockney accent'...


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Weber? Why or why not?

    I'll probably give Mr Webber's work a miss for a while, give him a chance to flush this series out of his system and get back to the more raw and tractable style of the first books in this series.Please slow down on the use of tech development that appears itself to run at light speed. Eg. missiles, drives, sensors, etc that are twice as good and twice as fast with a much bigger bang - every few 'months'. I'm sure Moore's law will still be a reasonable guide in our future.


    What aspect of Allyson Johnson’s performance would you have changed?

    As mentioned, the automatic assignment of a pompous accent to anyone remotely related to the royals. I was yanked out of the storyline on several occasions as Allyson used a childish, high pitched, almost sing song voice - claiming that the person delivered the line in a slow, cold and menacing tone...


    Could you see A Rising Thunder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.Condensing the whole series into a movie would be far better.


    Any additional comments?

    Please drop the over the top explanation of the plot to the reader - we're not dumb, we read books for entertainment.Please use discipline when editing the book and reduce the amount of waffle.David has some good ideas for future technology and the interaction of the various worlds. He doesn't overdo the worm holes and even disables the ships from engaging in battle when transiting.

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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 08-26-13
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish I can have the hours back"

    The endless dialogs was taken 5 steps too far in this one...
    Only one thing happens and it is smack in the middle of the book. The rest of the dialog is so far fetched that not even rolling the eyes would do it justice.
    I really don't understand how this book can have such a good rating.
    It even ends abruptly and left me looking for a missing chapter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John PELION, SC, United States 05-20-13
    John PELION, SC, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Inane - almost no action"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - book was talk, talk, talk... Story went nowhere. Book ended in the middle of a conversation. Seemed like "we have bored them enough - let's stop!". I have enjoyed the Honor Harrington series and was looking forward to the next installment, This was one of the biggest disappointments I have ever had!


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Probably... Others have been great, but will give him one more try. If next book is this bad, will not read another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene was worth the reading.


    Was A Rising Thunder worth the listening time?

    Definitely Not!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey C. Lacombe Reno, NV USA 08-30-12
    Jeffrey C. Lacombe Reno, NV USA 08-30-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Most disappointing edition of the series so far"
    What would have made A Rising Thunder better?

    I actually checked online to see if I somehow missed downloading the rest of the story. I was left with the distinct impression that this story was never actually completed before the publication deadline, yet they forged ahead anyway.

    The first 3rd takes place during the end of the previous book (filling in details of other plotlines), and the rest of it really just sets the stage for what appears to be a future story.


    Has A Rising Thunder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, Weber has earned his reputation with me, and I will trust that the next edition of the series will be more up to the standards I expect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene really excited me, but I liked to see the evolution of what I see as an interesting inclusion of the Beowulf story.


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

    It did set the stage for a rich series of future editions of the Honerverse story. It just felt like a frustrating "To be continued...", with a 1-year wait on the immediate horizon.


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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 08-20-12
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't wait for book 14!"

    After going through 12 books in the Honorverse - I wondered when the streak would end. It still hasn't. One problem: Book 14 isn't out yet! This book leaves the reader on a bit of a cliff hanger - and just makes me hope that book 14 comes out soon. A must read for Honor fans.

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    Joel Armidale, Australia 05-22-12
    Joel Armidale, Australia 05-22-12 Member Since 2003
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    "1st half"

    While the book is three parts long and may seem long, it is in fact only the 1st half of the book. It does end suddenly, but if you want honor then that's the price you have to pay. If you have the patience I would recommend that you wait until the 2nd half comes out.

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