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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Klaumbaz 03-29-15
    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 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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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    "Honor fo the Queen"

    Nice series. Find myself wishing for more character building with Honor and the other characters.

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    Paul United States 04-10-14
    Paul United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Rich Sci-fi World"

    The Second book in the Honor Harrington universe and it's a big step up from the first in the series. This book features Honor and co. visiting the planet Grayson and attempts to sign a treaty to help in the upcoming war against Haven. Haven in the mean time is teaming up with the Masadan's whose arch enemy are the Graysons. Both countries are religious fanatics and believe that women should not be soldiers, much less captains. It's up to Honor to work through the prejudices and get the treaty signed without letting Masada destroy Grayson and try to stop war between Haven and Manticore.

    This is a big step up from the first book. The stakes are higher and there's a much more complete story here. Weber lets us know that no one is safe in the Honorverse, and there are repercussions for everyone's actions. I thought that the story was really fleshed out with the politics of Grayson and Masada and their philosophies around religion, women and politics.

    Allyson Johnson does a great job with her cast, but there's a point where speech patterns change for a character and she doesn't quite hold it together for the rest of the book which is understandable as it would be very difficult to narrate that for a large portion of the story.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more about Honor Harrington and the world he's created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian R. 04-11-13
    Brian R. 04-11-13
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    "What choice do you have?"

    Honor of the Queen is the second of the Honor Harrington series, picking up where the last book left off (Captain Harrington assigned a new task, essentially that of protecting a planet and a diplomatic mission). The story itself is entertaining as military-SF and I recommend the book -- not, I should clarify, because David Weber writes great pose but because he tells an engaging story. The series is popcorn fiction at its best, if you know what I mean.

    Allyson Johnson narrates the second book much as she did the first, so if you enjoyed the first you'll no doubt enjoy the second. For my own part though ... I have to say that I enjoy Allyson Johnson's "normal voice" reading fine -- she has a pleasant tone, clear diction, and an engaging style. Her character voices, however, I struggle with. In my opinion, she reads most of her characters with an overly expressive emotional range, and with the same affected style where she pauses mid-dialog in almost every conversation (as if none of her characters never think through what they say before they say it). To my ear the voices just do not come sound military or even particularly competent at times. I'm not sure the fault is entirely Allyson Johnson's -- some of Weber's dialog is pretty bad -- but oh how I notice the badness so much more listening to this reading than I do reading the book myself!

    Anyway, if you are a Weber fan, you are going to buy it anyway, right? I mean, what choice do you have :) If you are not a Weber fan, I recommend that you read his first Book (On Basilisk Station) before listening to the audio, if that's an option for you. And hey, tastes vary -- you may even love Allyson Johnson's narration. Many do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-11-11
    Michael 02-11-11
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    "Not at good as book 1"

    After finishing this I have to repeat what I said about book 1. The lack of fun and character relationship renders the novel quite plain. The plot is all about bald action with only a few twists here and there. The character relationships are too straightforward. The novel is missing spice and adventure, the thrill, it feels plain. Narrator is quite ok and certainly makes effort to render the novel more interesting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 08-08-10
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I want to love this series"

    I would like to LOVE this series but the narrator is not very good at this type of narration. She makes the battle scenes boring and reminds me of a newscastor rather than an actor. She would probably be perfect for some other type of series but this is sci-fi with tech heavy dialogue and intricate descriptions of battle in space. She also seems flat and emotionless during romantic moments, tragic moments and periods of self reflection. The stories come off as one dimensional and at first I thought the problem was with the writer. but, sorry, no. It's the reader. Compare her narration with those of the "Lost Fleet" narrator and see what I'm getting at.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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