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Field of Dishonor

Honor Harrington, Book 4
Written by: David Weber
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The People's Republic of Haven's sneak attack on the Kingdom of Manticore has failed. The Peeps are in disarray, their leaders fighting for power in bloody revolution, and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands victorious.

But Manticore has domestic problems of its own, and success can be more treacherous than defeat for Honor Harrington. Now, trapped at the core of a political crisis she never sought, betrayed by an old and vicious enemy she'd thought vanquished forever, she stands alone.

She must fight for justice on a battlefield she never trained for in a private war that offers just two choices: death... or a "victory" that can end only in dishonor and the loss of all she loves.

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
  • 2014-03-18

Slightly different from the first three books

STORY (military sci-fi) - Field of Dishonor is Book 4 in the series. Unfortunately, it lacks the interplanetary battle scenes we have come to expect, but there's no lack of excitement. Pavel Young's hatred of Honor escalates personally and politically until she is forced into a very dangerous lose-lose situation. This is the major story line of the book, and it's very, very good.

There is more character development than in the first three books. It slows the pace a bit, but it's enjoyable. Honor faces great sadness and is severely tested, but she remains true to who she is. She becomes more "real" and I like her more with each book.

The story finishes at a nice "pausing point," but it's definitely not an end. A preview of the next book follows.

PERFORMANCE - The narrator is female, has a pleasant voice and does a good job.

OVERALL - You should listen to this series in order. There's some minor violence, a small amount of very mild sex and a sprinkling of cursing. The politics are fairly complicated so it's not an easy listen. Probably should be over about age 18 to understand and enjoy.


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  • jsanders
  • LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 2013-02-13

Great lady role model

Where does Field of Dishonor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Dishonor?

Pavel Young getting his come-uppance.

Which scene was your favorite?

Pavel Young getting his come-uppance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pavel Young getting his come-uppance.

Any additional comments?

Need to spend more time on the tree-cat.

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  • Melissa
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 2016-07-26

Great Narrator

What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Allyson Johnson does a fantastic job. She manages to do a great job with men's and women's voices and you can usually tell which character she is narrating by voice alone.

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  • Professor
  • 2012-10-16

Honor Harrington Universe Book 4

"Continuation"

Basically this book is a second part to a previous one.
Romance and love affair, Trial of guilty party, New responsibilities of stadtholder, Loyalty and betrayal.
Finishing and evolving plot strands which began in a previous book.

Also a few interesting insights in Star Kingdom legal system.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 2011-02-06

Field of Dishonor

I have enjoyed this series can hardly stop listening. I think Allyson Johnson does a good job narrating the story. Less action in this book as compared to the prior books but the dueling scenes were great. I was surprised at what happens to Honor's lover. Can not wait to start listening to the next in the series.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Woronora Australia, Australia
  • 2010-08-19

Best of the series so far

I've listened to all the prior stories and I think this is the best to date. Not as much action perhaps but some great dramatic moments.

I don't have a problem with the narration either.

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  • Joseph W. Leonardi
  • 2019-06-30

The best so far!

The whole Honor series has been excellent, but I found this book to have the most depth and deep characterization. Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • victor niday
  • 2019-03-11

great book

slower start then first 3 books, and no space combat. but great twists are still present. can't wait to start book 5

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  • G. Parish
  • WILLOUGHBY, OH, US
  • 2019-01-02

Well written, but has a bit of buildup

I recently finished listening to Field of Dishonor, another excellent entry in the Honor Harrington series. The Honor Harrington series documents the career of Honor as an officer in the Star Navy of the space kingdom of Manticore. In this book, it continues with the events of the previous book in the series. In the previous novel her nemesis, Pavel Young, had shown cowardice in the face of the enemy. What should be a straightforward affair quickly becomes a political quagmire where she finds that justice is not always given and evil all too often cloaks itself in robes of righteousness.

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  • Rockshox808
  • 2018-12-10

Brilliantly Boring

This is a story of intrigue that fleshes out the universe but is so nauseatingly devoid of action that you could skip 90% of this book and continue on with the series without missing it.
Almost irrelevant as unnecessary.