David Weber – The Honor of the Queen

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 Majestys 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 Honors mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

At first Honor doesnt take it personally. But, in time, such treatment becomes taxing and she makes plans to withdraw until Graysons fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning. Now, Honor must stay and prevail, not just for her honor, but for her sovereigns, for the honor of the Queen.

A Note from Author David Weber

There’s been some confusionnot to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fansabout 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.

Author: David Weber
Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Duration: 16 hours 12 minutes
Released: 9 Apr 2003
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

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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.