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The Short Victorious War Audiobook

The Short Victorious War: Honor Harrington, Book 3

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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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    Elizabeth 12-20-16
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    "Good continuation."

    I enjoy this series and the attention given to characters our leading lady battles against as the book leads to the big battles. Sadly, the nature of galactic war fare means we never actually see Honor having face to face interactions with the majority of the characters that pop in and out of each chapter. The fact we are given intimate introductions to even minor characters who can meet quick sudden ends make the final battles more interesting. We don't know will live to the end of any chapter, much less the book, with the exception of Honor herself. As a third installment this is pretty good, I felt it did a much better job connecting to the two previous books than the second book did. It still progresses the over all story and had a satisfying ending that is just open enough to keep me interested in what happens in the next book. To be honest though, I would like a story in the Honor vers that's main character and hero is from New Haven. I am finding the current events with the Peeps more intriguing than Honor and the Manticurians. I know there are spinoff series and I look forward to reading those.

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    Charles M Gardner Texas & China 09-15-16
    Charles M Gardner Texas & China 09-15-16
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    "awesome book"

    the story is great, right along with his other books, safehold. Also reminds me of Jack Campbell's books lost fleet.

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    Matthew Adkins Toledo, OH United States 10-07-15
    Matthew Adkins Toledo, OH United States 10-07-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "Loved it!"

    Good mix of action, theory, and dialogue. Weber has set the foundation for a very exciting series about a universe gone mad.

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    Richard J. Hansen 08-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    I feel that this book is better than the second one.

    It introduces us to larger scale engagements. Both in contemplating the maneuvering in a large scale war and simply larger system engagements. We are also introduced to more elements of fleet politics.

    By this point I think it is fairly safe to say that if this was fanfiction, honor would be considered a Mary Sue. Most of her problems tend to come from other characters having problems with her competence and success. This might turn some people off.

    This is different than the first two books, but very similar to them at the same time. I plan on reading the next book, but feel like I need a bit of a break before continuing incase it is too similar.

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    Charles 08-11-15
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    "awesome"

    Totally awesome got to love the peeps ignorant overconfidence in sheer numerical value against the mentees totally overwhelming tech advantage

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    Benjamin Morgan Tallahassee FL 04-10-15
    Benjamin Morgan Tallahassee FL 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book in the series."

    If your reading this series you will love this book. It's a little different from the first two but the story is developing nicely and I can't wait to get to the next book.

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    Kindle Customer North Carolina 03-27-15
    Kindle Customer North Carolina 03-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!!"

    No one captures Honor better than Ms. Jonhson. A solid story with a great narration.

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    Simone Jester Sarasota, FL, United States 03-14-15
    Simone Jester Sarasota, FL, United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent."

    Great book and great narration. I love all the accents. I'm off to start book four now. Okay bye now

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    Barry Owens Music City, USA 03-09-15
    Barry Owens Music City, USA 03-09-15
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    "I very much enjoyed both the story and the narrato"

    My biggest problem with the story is that David Weber tends to get bogged down with strategy and tactics and politics. I admit that some discussion is needed to set the scene for the story to come, but Weber devotes huge chunks of the story to it which makes the story drag on and on. It was difficult to for me to get through these passages while I anticipated the story to come.

    I enjoyed the narrator very much. While she was no Mel Blanc, she did a fine job with keeping the characters voices separate and distinguished from one another.

    I will be buying more audio books in this series.

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    Mark S. Ogilvie Westford, MA, US 03-19-13
    Mark S. Ogilvie Westford, MA, US 03-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator getting better"

    I liked the intrigue, the action and the science. Reminded me of a battle at sea between two sailing ships.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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