They will miss it anyway if they are turned off to the series by the apathy induced from trying to read On Basilisk Station.I won't say you are wrong, but if you ignore On Basilisk Station a lot of the insight and tension which is built up in (what I consider the best of the series) Field of Dishonor is missed.
When I got them in e-book form I did text to speech and listened to them as audiobooks. I still say Basalisk is "relatively' boring compared to HoQ. I haven't actually READ a Weber book in some time.I had no idea that you'd read all the Harringtons multiple times!
IIRC, there's a prologue that simply has people saying "something's going to happen round Basilisk way", which seemed a bit unnecessary with hindsight. The opening lines about the treecat are also a bit fluffy. After that, there's some really good tension about taking command, especially between Harrington and her senior officer.trundled through the first ten pages or so, and so far I'm not impressed
I have read the first two books in the new Honorverse series with Timothy Zahn and enjoyed them both. The second book had material I am sure I had read before though although I cannot pin down in my mind where I read it before. Sometimes a sample shows up on Baen and that may have been it or possibly a short story from one of the collections now expanded into a more full story, just not sure. I enjoyed it either way but the question of where I had read it before kept niggling at me. They definitely are more action and less politics although not totally.My problem with Weber now is that, at least with HH, he's not really writing military SF any longer; it's more political SF which, whilst still good, I personally don't enjoy nearly as much. I also have a similar problem with his Safehold books.
I must try the newer spinoffs as I feel they are more likely to be going back to his 'roots.'