Field of Dishonor by David Weber

21 September 2013

I've now finished David Weber's Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington), the fourth book of the Honor Harrington series. I bought it on Audible, so, obviously this is an audiobook. To be clear, I do not believe this is the same as reading. I call it listening.

I wanted to give this a try and see how it goes, to see if I get the same satisfaction out of listening as I do reading. I used the promo link from the TWiT network show iPad Today and received the book for free, plus the first 3 months subscription for $7.95. After that it goes up to $14.95 per month and can cancel at any time.

It took a total of 8 hours and 32 minutes to listen to it, split between two days.

For the first couple of hours I listened at normal speed. Then I discovered that the Audible app can do various playback speeds up to 3x. I tried it at 3x and actually found it easier to keep my mind focused and not drift off into other thoughts. Perhaps at the increased speed, it required my mind be extra focused so as not to miss anything. Plus it has the added benefit of finishing the book much sooner.

Field of Dishonor was another great installment of the Honor Harrington series.

It was sad when Paul was killed just to hurt Honor before she was to be killed. It took so much for her to let anyone into her heart and her life, and Paul was the only one she ever did and fell in love with him. He saw a side of her that no one else ever saw. All anyone knew of Honor was her cold, even keel of command and poise under pressure during combat. Paul, knew her differently, as a woman to love and enjoy life with.

It hurt to see Honor hurt in such a way as to have Paul's life taken from him, and subsequently from her.

Lord Paval Young was the biggest coward and couldn't accept responsibility for all his previous actions and when burned for his latest, had to seek revenge on Honor but had to hurt her in the worst possible way first.

It was fitting of his cowardice to cheat in the duel at the end and begin firing before he was supposed to, though it mattered not as he was a poor shot, and nerve-wracked, while Honor was sharp and quick and still took him down after being hit.

What a great book.

Download the pdf version with pictures here.