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The Honor of the Queen Audiobook

The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to another Honor Harrington adventure.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    G. Parish 11-08-16
    G. Parish 11-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Defenders of Grayson"

    This particular tale involves the unlikely defense of Grayson, a would be ally of the Manticoran Kingdom. Along with strife with the people's republic, religious fanatics, unreasoning hostility towards women, they also find themselves badly outgunned. Honor Harrington and her crew take on the challenge against overwhelming odds and it is wondrous to see.

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    Randall James Andrews 09-23-16
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    "Another Fantastic Read!"

    Great political and moral issues raised in this book bringing Honor Harrington to be even better.

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    J. Harney San Mateo, CA United States 12-16-15
    J. Harney San Mateo, CA United States 12-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Do not buy unless you want to spent 21 hours listening to Siri"

    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!

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    Jeremy Derby 09-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another amazing audio book installment of the HHS!"
    Would you listen to The Honor of the Queen again? Why?

    Yes, the voice acting was really amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honor Harrington, mainly because it is her story.


    What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

    I like how she had a dedicated voice for each character and really made the story come to life.


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

    When Honor was made a stead holder in a government controlled by men.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Honor Harrington series.

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    Matthew Adkins Toledo, OH United States 09-26-15
    Matthew Adkins Toledo, OH United States 09-26-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "Loved it!"

    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!

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    Richard J. Hansen 08-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than Expected"

    I enjoyed the first book enough to give this one a chance. However, from the description I thought it was going to a poorly done commentary on gender equality. I expected to hate it.

    It was actually well done and handled well. I suppose a big part of it is many of the "bigots" end up being fairly reasonable and accepting of Honor in a fairly short period of time (though they do have significant motivation to do so). The focus of the story still ends up being large space ships maneuvering around.

    I'm not sure if this story needed to have a focus on gender politics. But I suppose as an "alien" culture, it worked as well as any other.

    In the end this story was more than good enough to transform me from someone experimenting with this series, into someone who decided to read the series.

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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-01-15
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent"

    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.

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    Klaumbaz 03-29-15
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    "reader still can't pronounce MAN-TI-COR-an"

    It's not man-TICK-eran. and her simulation of a mans voice, with an accent is bad.

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    Wireball 01-17-15
    Wireball 01-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Slightly improved narration over first book"

    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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    Thomas L Humphrey 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    The characters in the book are alive and kicking. From the bad guys to the heroes!

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