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On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

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Having made a superior look a fool, Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin.

Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is up to something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.

But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.

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.

©2002 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    "On Basilisk Station"

    Nice book and one I purchased after Tree Cat Wars. I have to say I still enjoy the Tree Cat series much better. These books are enjoyable but a little too much detail in the fighting sequences and not enough character building.

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    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 04-22-14
    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book and good reader"

    I enjoyed the story line and the details of whats going on. The narration was very good. I enjoyed Allysons voice. but! the profanity level was to high for my liking. If you like military sci-fi, then you will like this one, but if you have a low profanity level, then you will need to pass this one up.

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    Randy 02-10-14
    Randy 02-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "WARNING!! You will be hooked by this series."
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

    unfortunately, yes I will.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

    Yes because I have no choice


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Johnson?

    Allyson Johnson is a great Narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This review is going to be confusing because it is the only way to try to warn listeners of what is going to happen when they get to the last books in the series. They Suck!<br/> I have been a fan of the series for years. I have even paid full price for books rather than waiting for a credit. I absolutely love the characters and the space battles and the intrigue and the multiple story lines. But with the last three books (Fifteen books in series so far?) I have been so disappointed that I have felt compelled to at least try to warn new listeners of what is ahead as they fall in love with this series as I have. I have to get the books as they come out. I am like an addict that has to have a fix even as I know I am going to be disappointed.<br/> I have come up with a solution. I am going to take Audible up on their return policy for the next book if it is as bad as the last three.<br/> Is it better to have listened and loved and been disappointed? That is what you will have to decide.

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    Linda Placerville, CA, United States 01-15-14
    Linda Placerville, CA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "The female narrator is too challenged by this book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less engineering details...


    What didn’t you like about Allyson Johnson’s performance?

    She doesn't have a broad range of male personalities. She tries to make up for it with various inconsistent accents. Her protaganist's voice, Honor, comes out squeaky and childish instead of female.


    Was On Basilisk Station worth the listening time?

    I got through Part 1, but didn't finish the denouement, due to the reader. I'm going to try to returned any books with that reader.


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    Susan 01-05-14
    Susan 01-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "50/50 mixed feelings"

    I bought the first 3 books of this series sight un-seen (or heard) because it got such great hype. The first half of this novel was superb. I thought I had found a female Miles Vorkosigan. She solved an apparent losing situation using wits, wiles, deception plus the meager people and supplies at her disposal. The second half should have been excised. It was endless debates and conversations and little or no action. Unfortunately, the second half is more indicative of the series, so I didn't buy anymore after the first three.

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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 11-08-13
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "what a load of conservative crock"

    As an avid lover of military sci fi, I was at first skeptical about any book that was daring enough to name its lead character "Honor". The sort of self promoting lack of creativity was either going to be very good or very bad.

    Having enjoyed the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell, A solid military soap opera series with superior action and characters although a bit heavy on the hero worship.

    Based on the strength of that series and my chance engagement with it based on reviews, I took a chance on this series.

    How wrong I was. I will get my money back and here is why;

    1 - the only good thing in this book is perhaps the few series of action sequences which were perhaps 3-4 in total. The book spends so much time describing faces, features and nonsensically unimportant internal thoughts that did nothing to improve the dialogue other than highlight what the author thought (incorrectly I might add) you would be interested in. I don't need to know the angular features of every characters face when that time could be better spent detailing their motivations, spheres of thought and other thing that let me fill in the blanks and think through the story.

    2 - The painfully obvious disdain the author has of liberals and the incredibly stupid inconsistency between the behaviors he attributes to liberal ideas versus the real world reality of those ideas. If you are an "Anne Coulter" worshiping, "military can do no wrong" believing, Hero worshiping conservative, you may (and I say "may" since that is also no guarantee) like this book.

    3 - The authors continual insistence of referencing God and religion in various areas of this book in ways that would make any real Sci-fi follower cringe. This author is either a devout religious fanatic or maybe has a very strong religious influence that they cant objectively keep out of science fiction. In truth, if you are super religious, I don't really know how you can write "Science fiction" objectively, and it shows in this book. I suppose, now in retrospect, I probably should have realized this after the first few negative references to liberals that the ol' religious angle wouldn't be too far off.

    I wanted to like this book. But the more I listened to the shrill mouse-like voice attributed to the title character, the mind numbing disdain this author has for liberals and the sheer unabashed insertion of religion in what was claimed as a science fiction story, I honestly have no choice but to get my money back.. If I wanted a sermon masquerading as sci fi while spreading barely disguised conservative propaganda, I would go to a church or listen to a televangelist explaining their take on science.

    I am sure this author meant well and truthfully meant to write what they believe. in my opinion, mixing religion blatantly in a one sided way with Science fiction is not is more of a bait and switch that diminishes both subjects and leaves a deeply flawed premise for what ends up a deeply flawed story. Hero worship and God worship are not the same thing and this author will do well to remember this on other stories. This book however has left a bad enough impression for me that I am not sure I would give this authors work another try.

    If you are considering getting this book, don't waste your credit. Get "The Lost Fleet" instead, or anything in the star wars series.

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    Craig 09-12-13
    Craig 09-12-13
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    "Good book while doing busy work."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, average technical basis and discussion. I appreciate a book that doesn't wave away the laws of physics. Story held my interest.


    What other book might you compare On Basilisk Station to and why?

    Daniel Leary series. Similar military themes.<br/>Larry Niven is better.


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

    Her reading was consistent. My complaints were that when a transition occurred, there was often no pause in the narration. Consequently, I often lost continuity while I realized that the discussion and characters changed. Also, she dropped too much in volume when people were engaging in low discussions, causing me to increase and decrease volume of the player. Ms. Johnson needs to realize that people have different hearing capabilities and that the frequency of her voice requires a certain volume setting of the player. If her dynamics shift is too wide, it causes a less than enjoyable reading experience. I have failed in this criticism as I can't make it constructive by providing an example narrator to hold as an example of good narration. Sorry.


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

    No


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    Ryan Weatherston 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What kind of name is Honor Harrington?"

    I don't like the main character's name, Honor Harrington. Good book even though the main character seems more of a robot than a human. It does try to give her emotions but they are very lame attempts. The plot is good and the story moves along pretty well, but sometimes seems to drag. I think I'll try another Honor Harrington book.

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    Debbie 07-06-13
    Debbie 07-06-13
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    "I Wish I Had Written This!"
    Would you listen to On Basilisk Station again? Why?

    It is one of the most entertaining and well reasoned plots that I have found in many years. The characters are thoroughly flesh out and you get to know each one in a very personal way. There is a love/hate relationship with Weber as he proves that he is not afraid to introduce you to one of his characters. Make you like and admire that character. Grow to be fond of the character. . . . and then to kill off that same character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Basilisk Station?

    There were several memorable moments that come to mind. The most memorable, when Honor refused to be bullied by a wealthy Klaus Hauptman and her refusal to allow a threat to her parents well being stand unchallenged. Her statement of promise or fact which ever way he chose to take it, to challenge him to a duel and shoot him down like the gutter scum that he had just proven himself to be. . . .


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Honor Harrington of course is my most favored character but Mr. Weber painted such personal pictures with his words that Allyson had but to read the words to give us a picture, however, her voice modulations and accents gave such texture to the person as to truly create a fully fleshed out individual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are numerous moments in this book that spoke to me in a personal level. From the beginning when Alistair McKeon wrestled with his jealousy, the entire crew became disenchanted with Honor and her drive to bring them around to the level of competency that only she would accept. The moments when each crewman came to the realization that their skipper was someone extra special and she expected each of them to become just as special. To Klaus Hauptman who thought his money would buy him special favors in the eyes of the "new" CO of Basilisk Station with an impossible task to preform.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    It is a worthy book of any science fiction aficionado. Almost all true readers believe that they have within themselves a wonderful novel. . . . . I Wish I Had Written This!!!!!

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    Elizabeth Hopkinton, NH, United States 06-24-13
    Elizabeth Hopkinton, NH, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful Reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader is incredibly stilted. It cuts up the story and makes in entirely unpleasant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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