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Echoes of Honor

Honor Harrington, Book 8
Written by: David Weber
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
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For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its allies have taken the war to the vastly more powerful People's Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war. But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security - and executed on the interstellar network's nightly news. The Manticoran Alliance is stunned and infuriated by Honor's death and grimly resolved to avenge it. But its military is over-extended and the People's Republic is poised to take the offensive once more. The war is about to enter a phase of unprecedented ferocity, and the Alliance is on the short end of the stick. But even as powerful Peep fleets hurtle towards their objectives, neither they nor the Alliance are aware of events occurring on a distant, isolated, inescapable prison planet called Hell. For what no one knows, not even State Security, is that Honor Harrington is not dead. She and a handful of her people are trapped on Hell, and determined to disprove the Peep boast that no one can ever escape it. Honor Harrington is going home, and taking her people with her - even if she has to conquer Hell to do it.

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.

©1999 David Weber (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"[ Echoes of Honor] produces its usual quota of high drama, political intrigue, and military adventure set in a richly detailed far future. This example of space opera at its very best belongs in most sf collections." ( Library Journal)
"It is impossible not to be entertained, delighted, even enthralled by this splendid piece of storytelling." ( Booklist)

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 2013-06-13

Probably the best or top 3 of series

The Harrington series are great except sometimes they drag on a little for me because the narrator is not the best, I've grown to know her as the voice of Honor but she is not one of my favorite female narrators. This book has action of all forms, like a space seal its on land, sea, & air/space... If you have read the prince Roger series, I think that is the best series by this Weber & just like with this series there are suppose to be more to come.

This particular book is such a great shot in the mouth to all the different antagonist's Honor has, & there are many, she is assumed dead which is not a spoiler obviously but the way she ultimately gets back home & the manner she does it can only bring a smile to your face. With many of her books there are at least a few sections I speed up a bit because frankly, its a bit slow.... but this book is one crazy ride & I did not skip anything, I replayed certain parts because of the entertainment the author paints with characters & situations that are solved, or terminated.... with Extreme Prejudice! Great read, highly recommend this book. You should read at least the last 2 books before this one but if you read this for the first time you would not be too confused, Weber rarely lets down

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 2011-06-03

Echoes of Honor

I am enjoying this series can hardly stand to put the story down. Echoes of Honor kept me holding on by my finger tips as she takes two years to escape the prison island. Her leadership ability bringing all the various people that have been in prison from various planets was interesting to watch. The battle scenes were great. Honor is beginning to remind me of Admiral H. Nelson of the British Navy. First the lost of an eye, now an arm what next? Allyson Johnson does a great job reading the series. She is Honor to me now. Can not wait to start the next book in the series.

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  • Professor
  • 2012-10-17

Honor Harrington Universe Book 11

The whole Star Alliance Mourns for Honor Harrington
Manticarans Swore to Execute all State Security (SS)
Grayson's Swore Blood Vengeance "For Lady Harrington and NO MERCY"!!!!!!
The war continues.

Meanwhile on hell nothing ever will be the same.
The point of any prison is to contain maximum number of prisoners with the least number of guards.
This means that prisoners always outnumber guards!!!!
Try to Imagine Honor's thoughts on this topic.


PS
IMHO one of the best books in the series.

NEXT BOOK IS " Ashes of Victory "

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  • Daniel
  • CORNWALL on hudson, NY, United States
  • 2009-12-23

Excellent! perfect holiday gift

Allison does a very good job here, she is now "honor" to me. i am very happy audible an bean got the aggrements in place to finish the series and am now working my way thru the new 6 books up, echoes was well done, ashes is coming along well too, i expect all the mainline books to be great, will see about crown and torch

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  • Michael English
  • 2018-07-01

30% fantastic story, 70% dreary marathon

There is a good story in Echoes of Honor, as there is in most Honor Harrington books. That good, gripping story comprises about 30% of the book.

The problem with David Weber is that he likes conversation. Polite, well-measured, careful, politic, tactful conversation between two people sitting in a room, or in a shuttle, or at a conference desk, or on a bridge. And be they heroes or murderers, ensigns or admirals, his characters will have their careful, polite, tactful, well-measured conversations, whether discussing long-term political strategy, intrigues, healthcare, history, sign language, fission reactors, food, heavy metal poisoning, or ANYTHING AT ALL.

The conversation will last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Usually an hour. And you will hear that conversation, every. single. damned. word. of it, in all its nuance, from the moment each thought is generated inside a character's head to the moment they speak it. Then you will hear their companion speak, mull over every word and gesture, every bit of meaning chewed over until it drips through your brain like cud falling out of a cow's mouth.

And somewhere along the way, you will wonder why David Weber writes like he is being paid by the word, and you will pray for it to end just long enough to get back to the distant memory of the exciting book you remember from a few chapters ago.

It is regrettable, because deep in the heart of each Honor Harrington book there really is a good story struggling to break free. But Weber needs an editor to reign him in, and it is painfully clear that he just does not have one who will. The result is a book that commits the cardinal sin that all books must avoid.

It is boring.

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  • Farrell
  • 2015-01-05

Go Honor!!

Okay, I guess you have to suspend a lot of disbelief, Honor gets really lucky and everything just happens to go her way.

Still has a Harrington fan I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The action scenes were fun, and the character building for her mother and father and others was nice to have.

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  • K. F Harkin
  • United States
  • 2018-12-27

Revised review after finishing... THE BOREDOM!!!

I will come back with a fuller review upon completion but this doesn't look good so far... I do not know what is worse, the endless meandering conversations to nowhere or the horrible performance by the reader, Allyson Johnson. To be fair Ms. Johnson has done an excellent job with other works in this series so I believe the problem is with the direction. At the very start is a carefully prepared newscast that the People's Republic Haven has created from scratch for a perfect presentation. The spokesman though, as read my Ms. Johnson, is orated a stuttering buffoon barely able to understand the words he is reading let alone pronounce them. The scene was PAINFUL to listen to. It was so bad I stopped the playback once and when I went back played it at double speed to finish it up. I do not believe I have ever heard a worse audiobook presentation than those minutes. To make it even worse the mindless stuttering and hesitations continue through a break in the dialogue to what should have been straight narration. This was clearly an accident as it didn't happen when other narration took place. We are prisoners with front row seats to both a horrible presentation decision with the vocal performance coupled with incompetent editing.

As far as the pointless conversations Mr. Weber appears to be getting much worse with this book and desperately needs a good editor to whip him into shape. I saw a former favorite author of mine go down the destructive path of self indulgence and his final books before his death were complete trash as no editor could contain his ego. That would be Tom Clancy. If Mr. Weber continues on this path I fear this will be a series I give up on.

EDIT: Now Finished

The end of the book was definitely better than the start but still Weber dragged it out with nonsensical and pointless conversations which added nothing but running time. There is an insane contrivance that stretched all logic to the breaking point to bring about the climax. The action, when it finally happened, was great but Weber must just love to see his words on paper because it goes on and on and on in areas of zero importance or interest. I have started the next book in the series but after 6+ hours I think I am calling it quits. I enjoy books with back story and development. Dune, the original series not the crap by Brian Herbert, is one of my favorites and Shogun by James Clavell is over 50 hours long and my favorite. Weber though will put you to sleep.

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  • Harriet
  • 2018-08-16

Weber is great!

Did not care very much for voice of honor in this book, I think the Harriet Benson sounded more like Honor. It was like seeing this big muscular person and then hearing them speak in this falsetto voice.

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  • DTR
  • 2018-08-06

An explosive adventure

One of the best in the series so far! If you like well-written characters and a page-turning story, this is the book for you.

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  • Cale
  • SPOKANE, WA, US
  • 2018-04-29

The older audio version is better

Let’s start with the bad and the ugly. Between the miss pronunciations (it’s the Manticoran Alliance not the Mantikeran) and the really terrible put on inconsistent French accent for the Havens )so Havens have it others don’t....also since there’s standard I doubt it’s that thick) Also why does Honor sound like a 14 year old? Honestly the performance almost makes this book unlistenable. The original version is and easier listen despite the tape audio quality.