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Crown of Slaves | [David Weber, Eric Flint]

Crown of Slaves

The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.
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The Star Kingdom's ally, Erewhon, is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

Finally, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the League - which is also close to Erewhon. In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's most capable agent and one of its princesses find themselves in a mess.

Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents - Victor Cachat - but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery. And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene - led by its most notorious killer, Jeremy X.

©2005 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    David Glasgow, United Kingdom 31/10/2011
    David Glasgow, United Kingdom 31/10/2011 Listener Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable story, but odd pronunciation"

    A novel set in the Honorverse, and if the main Honor Harrington series is being followed, I'd recommend that this be listened to after "War of Honor", as this will help to explain events that the listener will come across in the main series. Really enjoyed the story, but I have to knock one star off as the pronunciations of some of the main character names were off as compared to the books that have been narrated by Allyson Johnson - e.g Crom-arty in the main story becomes Cro-marty. A fairly trivial issue, but having just listened to all 12 of the main Honor books, it took a little adjusting to get round.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Charlie Russel
    Sunshine Coast, BC, CA
    22/10/13
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    "Eric Flint makes this MUCH better"

    The 9th (Ashes of Victory) and especially the 10 ((War of Honor) books in the Honor Harrington mainline series were definitely a sign that David Weber needs to be reined in by the editors at Baen, since the writing was very flabby. The 36+ hours of War of Honor could have easily been a MUCH better book at 15-20 hours. Here we have 19 hours of tight, well written, and well read Honorverse. I enjoyed all of it without a single place where I just hit fast forward.

    Crown of Slaves focuses on the Genetic Slave Trade and the fight against it, along with the creation of Torch. Honor herself is essentially not a part of the story. But instead we have more of the Zilwickis and Victor Cashet, with the first appearance of Ruth Winton, niece of Queen Elizabeth.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    25/11/11
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    "Crown of Slaves"

    Enjoyed this story and I also would have preferred Allyson Johnson as the narrator but at least Peter Larkin does a better female voice than Snyder. The other books mention the new slave star kingdom of Torch, so it was great to hear the story of it's creation.. The life of Midshipman Helen Zilwicki was covered in another sub-series. This book covers the creation of Queen Barry Zilwicki and the star kingdom of Torch. The action of the two young girls gave an excitment to the story as Princess Ruth Winton was so enthralled with her role as the computer spy for the control of Congo. This book fills in the detail that other book in the series did not cover. Can not wait for the next in the series. I do hope Audible will carry all the books in these sub-series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • John Haynes
    Tyler Texas USA
    25/12/12
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    "David Weber at it again"
    Where does Crown of Slaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle this is good old entertainment not an epic story but a good read.


    What other book might you compare Crown of Slaves to and why?

    This is another in a long line of Weber books if you have not read all are at least some you will be missing a lot in the story although it is a stand alone book.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Peter Larkin"s performances before but his is a very can make it come alive..


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

    not realy just a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    As always I will stop and buy a new David Weber book any time I see a new one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon
    United States
    19/12/12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the listen!"

    All I can say is that I liked it enough to buy the second listen in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • George L Hart
    Haymarket, VA United States
    30/07/12
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    "Honor Harrington background"
    Where does Crown of Slaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the first in a series that fills in the gaps in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. Incidents mentioned in the Honor Harrington books are more thoroughly detailed in this book and series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wanted to here the "complete" story starting with "Crown of Slaves".


    Have you listened to any of Peter Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. However his performance is excellent.


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

    Not really, It is 19+ hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Perez
    14/07/10
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    "Good story, bad narrator"

    The story is what I'd give four stars to. As for the narrator, Peter Larkin, I'd give two and a half, maybe three.
    He mutters too much, and it makes it hard to understand what he's saying at times.
    They should have used either Allyson Johnson or Jay Snyder.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Professor
    United States
    20/10/12
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    "Honor Harrington Universe Book 16"

    "Pure Politics"

    It tells about political situation which occurred after Highridge's government neglect of Erewhon‎.
    During that situation Erewhon‎ sold star alliance Tech to PRH, also there are some more interesting events.

    PS
    Narrator wasn't bad, it just took some time to adjust.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Glenda
    Redding., CA, United States
    01/10/11
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    "ENJOY"

    I believe this is one of the best if one has followed the series. I gave it and the narrator [ Peter Larkin] 5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Pawleys island, SC, United States
    31/01/14
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    "Crown of Confusion"
    Would you listen to Crown of Slaves again? Why?

    I may have to listen to this again, it was tough to understand everything that was happening the first time through.


    What about Peter Larkin’s performance did you like?

    Larkin did a very good job with some difficult to read material.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end I liked it, it all seemed to come together, however parts of it seemed a jumble until I could see where things were going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle
    Salinas, CA, United States
    17/04/10
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    "poorly done"

    1st mistake: They didn't use Allyson Johnson as they had for all the honor harrington books so the pronounciation changed for many of the names as well as the personality of the characters.

    2nd mistake: The narrator has such a big change between when he's projecting and reading normally and when he's speaking softly that I had to constantly amp up the volume of my ipod.

    If you enjoyed Honor Harrington stuff...dont download this audiobook.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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