A Call to Duty : Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant

  • by David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • Series: Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant
  • 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately.
But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.
The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbors weeks or months away, with little in the way of resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague ravaged economy to rebuild, and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, there are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere.
But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place.
Travis Long is about to find that out.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fantastic Blend of Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera

Where does A Call to Duty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's certainly one of the most outstanding audiobooks I've listened to thus far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Call to Duty?

The interplay between characters trying to outwit one another, a very lovely call and response that feels very organic.

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

Yes. Sadly, I could not.

Any additional comments?

This is my first time into the Honorverse, and it was quite enjoyable. There were a few things that I felt like I may not have had all the information--but they were minutia and just part of my own OCD to know the more esoteric details.

This, however, isn't my first time with Zahn. I do enjoy the wonderfully crafted thought processes that he puts into his characters. Though it was a little hard to get to liking Travis--as I knew someone in my own travels with the military very much stick-firmly-in-places. But by the end, I was rooting for him anyway.

I very much enjoyed this listen, and will definitely pick up the next one.

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- lykanthrope

Interesting mix of political intrigue & military

The book is an interesting mix of character story, political intrigue story, and military sci-fi adventure.
For me, it moved a bit slow in places and grew overly technical here and there, but on the whole, a satisfying read. I'm just bummed that I have to wait for the next volume to come out. The story is well resolved, but also ends with a few new starts on the next installment.

I hope to read many more Weber-Zahn collaborations in the (hopefully very near) future!

(Summerer's performance is more than adequate, though--as with so many readers--the faux British accent used for some characters does't quite work. Most Americans can't get the terminal r's right. Hint: the key to a good British--and probably any other--accent is what you do with the vowels. Get those right and you don't have to worry about those r's much. They tend to take care of themselves.)
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios