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    Having made a superior look a fool, Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin.

    Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

    The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

    Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is up to something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.

    But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.

    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.

    ©2002 David Weber (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    • AudioAddict
    • 16/07/2013

    First half a 3, last half a 5

    Story - Since this is the first of the series, it begins with a lot of background information, character building and somewhat confusing politics, but after that's out of the way (hopefully), there is a lot going on. There is interesting crew dynamics, a mystery to solve, battle strategies to plan and plenty of actual combat. Honor is a smart, strong and dedicated starship captain who is determined to fulfill her duties regardless of risk, and I think her duties will provide for an excellent sci-fi series!

    The book is not exactly what I'd call an "easy listen," but neither is it mentally or emotionally taxing. It comes to a satisfying conclusion, so it can stand alone as a story.

    Narration - This narrator does a great job. I love it when men sound like men and women sound like women, and she does both sexes well. Not only that, she does some pretty decent Irish, French and Spanish accents.

    Overall - This book is not a must-hear, but it provides some good background information which may be helpful if you continue the series.

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    • ShySusan
    • 23/03/2013

    Thanks for the memories

    I recently reviewed the latest entry into this series, and I blasted it pretty hard. Then, when my anger cooled, I wished that I could edit my review a bit, but Audible does not offer us a way to do that. So this review is, in part, my apology to Mr. Weber.

    “On Basilisk Station” is the first book in a very large series. The series has given me a great deal of pleasure over the years. The main character in this series is Honor Harrington. Please note that her initials are HH. Weber has said that his inspiration for this series is the Horatio Hornblower series. (I recommend that series as well. Thanks to Audible for finally getting it. The Hornblower series was also the inspiration for the original Star Trek TV series, according to Gene Roddenberry.)

    In this book we see Honor Harrington as a young(ish) star ship captain. Her country is small, consisting of the people of three planets all in the same star system. They are being threatened by a very large and corrupt star nation consisting of many star systems. Many of the events--at least in the early part of the series--parallel broad events in the conflict between England and France in the early 1800s. (Napoleonic wars) The Hornblower series was about English sailing ships helping their country to fend off Napoleon. This series is about Manticoran star ships protecting their country.

    I hope what I have said so far doesn’t make Weber sound like a cheap hack copying a better writer. Hornblower was the “inspiration” for Honor, but the plots, characters and story arcs are all Weber’s.

    We have various levels of peril in these tales - peril to Honor’s family and career, to her life and the lives of those she commands, and very real peril to her country. We have a large company of characters; people (on both sides of the conflict) that are honorable and whom we grow to love, as well as people (on both sides of the conflict) who are venal, evil. Many writers become so fond of their characters that they can never kill off the good guys. Weber does--on a regular basis. It takes some getting used to.

    AND Weber writes amazingly good action scenes.

    There are now more than 20 books in this series, I think (the main series has 13 books, but there are also a couple of spinoff series and at least five anthologies of short stories in the Honorverse). Many people say that the first three books in the series are the best. I would agree that the first three are among the best, but I do have some favorites that occur later in the series. There are also five or six compilations of short stories in this series. I have reviewed a number of them. Many of them provide tidbits of information that will help you understand events in the next full-length novel. There is no question, however, that later books in the series are too wordy and have too few action scenes.

    So here is the bottom line: I recommend this series. It is one of my favorites. But each person will have to decide whether they will read the next book in the series. My son stopped reading them at about book 9 or 10. I quit once, then started again, and I think I may have quit completely now. But don’t let poor books late in the series stop you from starting the series. You would miss out on some great stuff.

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    • Sassy1980
    • 28/02/2013

    On Basilisk Station

    This is the first book in the Honor Harrington series, and there are 12 more at this time, plus several collections of short stories in the Honorverse. I have read them, and own many, but was reluctant to listen to them because of my main complaint with these books - too many meetings and conversations to explain plot points. I found though, that the narrator did a great job of making even those tedious parts interesting! I am purchasing more, and hoping they continue be this good. I appreciate DW's explanation about the pronunciation of Manticoran. Otherwise, I would have been really irritated! Mispronunciations are a pet peeve of mine!

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    • M. G. Smith
    • 24/05/2011

    Heroes the way you wished they would be

    I enjoyed this audiobook throroughly. Excellent story line, excellent character development, and excellent reading of the material. If your not familiar with David Weber this would be a good introduction. The battle scenes are expertly described and the science of the time is presented in a believable fashion (but doesnt overpower the story). If you enjoyed the Dorsaii series you will like the Honor Harrington novels.

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    • Sharon
    • 23/03/2009

    Finally!

    I've been a fan of David Weber's Honor Harrington series for years. It's great to finally have unabridged audio versions of them. My only caveat is that the narrator is difficult to understand at times. Her voice is a good choice for Honor, but her interpretation is very different than my own has been (in my head) during my many re-readings of this book.

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    • Professor
    • 13/10/2012

    Honor Harrington Universe Book 1

    It's been Fifteen years since I discovered David Weber and Honor Harrington Universe.
    It was my first encounter with military science fiction, and since that day I was engulfed in magnificent books of Honor Harrington Universe (HHU).

    Despite all of it's drawbacks, years of waiting for the next book, frustration because of plot and some characters, I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World.
    Honor Harrington received a new life with the voice of Allyson Johnson and it was perfect fit, and now you can go through HHU with a guide.

    The story is set in a far future in the age of FTL flight. Humanity occupies many star systems across thousand of parsecs, humanity also utilized wormholes which offer instantaneous travel.
    The Star Kingdom of Manticore one of the wealthiest trade nations in this region of space, considered to be Neobarbarians by the Solarium League(more than 8000 star systems, Earth in the core, capital in old Chicago)

    We follow Commander Honor Harrington, she received her CO assignment on Her Majesty’s light cruiser Fearless Located in Basilisk system. Though Basilisk has become a dumping ground for misfits and rejects from her home colony of Manticore, Honor is determined to discharge her duty regardless of the circumstances.

    Please Listen to it You won't regret it, I promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • D
    • 08/05/2016

    Poorly written, poorly performed.

    I listen to many, many books, and I love science fiction, but lately I've been coming across lousy books with great reviews. This one is full of stereotypes, and cringe-worthy similes: "as fast as honed shards of ice" .....huh? All the good guys are shiny saints, and the bad guys are evil incarnate, the story is predictable, the resolution to the "mystery" is discovered because it's "the only explanation that makes sense", not in response to solving any clues. The narrator gave the heroine the voice of a twelve year old, and repeatedly gave lots of inflection to dialog that was supposed to be "toneless" or "flat". So, nope, I did not enjoy this book, and won't read anything by this author again.

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    • Mike and Heather
    • 19/05/2009

    Good enough that I will be picking up the sequels

    OK, so I think that in the fantasy/SF audio book community we've been spoiled a bit. We're surrounded by several really good narrators: Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, Reading/Kramer, and many more. Now all of a sudden along comes On Basilisk Station, read by a "merely" competent narrator, and we react in horror.

    Honestly, I listened to this book in relatively few sittings (I had a couple of lengthy flights to sit through) and I found the story to be acceptably presented. Not excellent, not terrible, but acceptable. Acceptable enough that I will be grabbing the sequels as quickly as my credits renew.

    (I have indeed read the novels previously, a few years ago.)

    P.S. This is Mike - Heather is my wife, and her name is on the account here at Audible. :P

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    • Amy Lynn
    • 27/04/2009

    Narrator is fine - decide for yourself

    I was really bummed by the other reviewers who really blasted the reader of the book. They complained about her pronunciation of a few words and claimed she read in a monotone like a newscaster. I have to remember to sample for myself in the future. I think they all have expectations that are way too high!
    I've been waiting for these audio books for a long time. I've read all of the Honor books multiple times and I am pleased with the interpretation. Is it the best book reading I've heard in my 5 or 6 years using Audible? No. But it is far from the worst, very far. The story is excellent, the characters and their development over the book and indeed the series are amazing, and the books are on audio unabridged at last! I say listen and enjoy one of the great Sci-Fi authors and stories of our day.

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    • Jim
    • 22/03/2009

    Great book! Bad narrator.

    I was excited to see that the Honor Harrington series had finally been recorded - it's fantastic pulp fiction - and I was looking for something just like this to keep me occupied on the morning commute.

    Imagine my disappointment when a newscaster started reading the book to me. I suppose I've gotten spoiled by narrators who actually tell a story, create characters, and place dramatic emphasis in the appropriate places. I've even been impressed with authors who read their own material and stress the importance of certain concepts. Unfortunately, this reader has the same vocal pattern for each of her sentences, be it exposition, action, or dialogue. And it sounds as if she's reading the news.

    I'm very disappointed that she's apparently been contracted to record the entire series. I'll be greatly torn between wanting to listen to the rest of the books, and the amount of annoyance I'm willing to sit through to occasionally accidentally get lost in the story.

    I give the book a 5 for being a great story.
    I give the narrator a 1 for complete lack of understanding of the art of narration.

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    • Jörg
    • 07/03/2013

    Ein spannendes Hörerlebnis

    Honor Harrington übernimmt das Kommando auf der HMS Fearless und muss sich mit einer ganzen Reihe von Problemen herumschlagen: Von einer missmutigen Mannschaft über missgünstige Vorgesetzte und politische Intrigen bis zu... Tja, das solltet ihr selber herausfinden.
    Das Buch ist spannend und das Finale mitreißend. Man leidet und hofft mit den liebgewonnenen Figuren.
    David Weber neigt dazu, politische Vorgänge, gesellschaftliche Verhältnisse oder technische Abläufe detailliert und über mehrere Absätze zu beschreiben. Manche Hörer mögen das als lästig oder uninteressant empfinden, ich persönlich finde, dass gerade das dazu beiträgt, der Geschichte die nötige Tiefe zu verleihen.

    Die Sprecherin Allyson Johnson leistet ganz hervorragende Arbeit und verleiht jedem Charakter eine eigene Stimme. Sie liest die Seiten nicht einfach trocken herunter, sondern passt sich der jeweiligen Stimmung der Szene an und verstärkt so noch den Eindruck.
    "On Basilisk Station" ist das erste englischsprachige Hörbuch, das ich je gekauft habe und obwohl ich meine Englischkenntnisse eher als bescheiden betrachte, hatte ich keine Probleme der Geschichte zu folgen, da Allyson Johnson langsam und deutlich und ohne für mich erkennbaren Akzent spricht.

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    • NicoB
    • 20/02/2016

    Not a bad book..

    But readers of e.g. The Expanse series will be disappointed. People dying instantly from vacuum, no AI or even decent computer systems and such. It seems that David Weber took a 18th century navy novel and beat it into an unrealistic sifi scenario. For me it lacked the technological forethought that any decent sifi novel should have, even today the level of automation is higher than on ships in this book.

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    • gucky
    • 06/07/2017

    One dimensional story with positive feeling

    From this stories abstract you might expect a dramatic story but the book is far from it. The protagonist just can't make any mistake and her friends and enemies are full of prays. In episodes the story is interesting to follow and to know what is coming next but there are little surprises. I don't regret to have "read" this but wouldn't recommend it either.

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