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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Only if they were going to listen to the entire series. It's a necessary part of the overall story arc of the series, but it's really not enjoyable in and of itself.
What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?
Imagine sitting in the corner of the room for 20 or 30 hours of political meetings. Now imagine listening to a recording of that. There's almost no content involving the characters we actually care about - instead, it's hour upon hour of politics, interstellar finance, etc. Just people we don't care about, many of whom (and there are DOZENS) we've never heard of before, sitting in meetings. Chapter upon chapter of meetings.
What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?
She's an excellent narrator, as usual.
Could you see War of Honor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Oh God, no. Kill me now.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By this far into the series, you're either going to like David Weber's style, or your not. The Honor Harrington series tend to be on the dialogue heavy side, which I'd probably enjoy less if I were reading the books directly. However, with the audiobook narrations that I favor, Allyson Johnson's excellent reading of this series makes it far easier to accept.
Weber lured us in with the first tale of a woman starship captain on her first command in a far future time where mankind had moved out into the galaxy and settled into several star nations. Those early books centered around a major military engagement and were presented in an engaging fashion.
The later books have shifted to be more political thrillers as the protagonist has not remained stagnant, but has risen (and fallen) in power and prominence over the course of the series. It's been an interesting ride which I have, on balance, enjoyed.
Yet, I do think this book has lost that balance. It's by far the longest book up to now. While I certainly appreciate an epic yarn that's heavy enough to act as a doorstop, in this case, the story is just not substantial enough to warrant this many pages. The back and forth exchanges between the political combatants become tiresome, and the adversaries come across as comically one dimensional and mind numbingly incompetent.
In the later half the book, there is a build up to a major engagement. While Harrington's victories have always relied on a bit of well placed coincidences, the resolution this time was the hardest to buy into. Ships are on the move and actions are taking place over many months, and it all turns on the actions that happen in the last few hours. The timing is just too convenient this time.
Probably the best thing about this book is the resolution is brings to several antagonists who we hopefully won't be bothered with again. I'm going to give the next book a chance, but if this book indicates how the series is going to continue, the next book may well be my last.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
what Samantha the treecat does to Honour! this book left me baying for blood of Highridge and his cronies. at this point I'm worried that I'm almost out of books in this series. This book was written really well and its made me realise that there really are two sides to every conflict.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Not unless they half read/listened to the rest of the series. On its own it would be slow as there are, as usual, a lot of politics and meetings but they do provide incredible background detail so you feel very immersed in the universe.
What did you like best about this story?
Very detailed background details and fully realised characters.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The final battle, though I won't say anything else due to spoilers.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I got angry and annoyed by the High Ridge government, to the point I hated the narrator's voice in those parts! I have listened to all the previous books in the series, that is hundreds of hours, so I am pretty invested in the Universe so they wound me up by getting everything wrong.