Changing the narrator (which is prevalent in this series unfortunately,) is rather jarring.
Characters with little\no accent now have a Scottish touch, others gain french touches... it is rather confusing.
Astonishing performance let you emerge your self with into the play and become one of the characters known as Merlin.
The revelation of the big lie and the outcome of the religious rules
Fantastic narration. Superb diction , just outstanding.
The meeting with the king for the first time and ability to explain without appearing to be a daemon
Recommend this entire series
It ranks as one of my favorite audiobooks.
I think his delivery is excellent and he carries the characters much better by virtue of his grasp of the Queens English..
The storyline is very good, nice continuation of the first two books.
Although he did a good job overall, it took me almost five hours to stop flinching everytime he started voicing a character that I had a certain voice for from the previous books' narrator in mind. He obviously didn't even try and base his voicing on those of the previous narrator and it was just jarring.
Re-record this book series with the first reader Oliver whyman.
David sometimes gets a bit wordy in the details of the politics, the ships, the weapons, the minutia of the story. It gets tedious sometimes and I wish for a fast forward button. Also there are times the "expressions" used are needlessly modified. I think a week could have stayed a "week" instead of becoming a "five day". Little things like that get a bit irritating when they really aren't necessary in this story.
Otherwise, I like the book and series up to this point. Just re-record it please.
As I said above, change the reader to the original, Whyman.
I'm ready for a completion to some more storylines. David is great for a serial story but honestly David could you please just get to the point in one of these books and wrap up the whole story? Will there ever be an end?
Someone with a lot of time on their hands and a desire to know every mundane detail about Safehold and it's political machinations...
The text describing Obamacare...
Lifeless... My mind wondered throughout the book.
1/2 of the politicos.
Weber went to deep. The original book was great. I loved the premise of the story but at this point in the series he seems to be writing down every mundane detail and includes dialogues that stretch out and don't have much bearing on the story. The only thing I can figure is that he got paid by the page to write this book.Maybe they will put out a Cliff's notes version...
You know, since they have over 9000 narrators on this series :( Stories really good though, wish audible would get its head out of its 4th point of contact
This is a solid continuation of the story line revolving around Charis, Merlin and King Cayleb. It adds new depth to the characters that have already been introduced and picks up a couple of new ones that are moderately interesting. On the other hand, humanity has a long way to go before it gets back to the stars to confront the Gbaba. At the end of this book I was left with the feeling that the current portion story line was going to be dragging on for too long. I would have preferred to see this book wrap things up and set up a new aspect of the story. Unfortunately, that does not happen. While I am glad I spent the credits and I enjoyed the listen I will almost certainly pass on the next two books and wait to see if the story line moves on. As to the reader, while he was not bad I preferred Oliver Wyman's interpretation.
Loved the First book and could not wait for the second.... after I got it, I was wondering if I built it up in my mind, It was OK. So when the third came out, I gave it a listen and was board. Sorry Mr Weber... I wont waste two credits on any more... Maybe one... it would be an impulse buy after my judgment had been impaired.
This novel suffers from a variety of flaws that are, sadly, fatal:
1. The war is all too easy. You'd expect a war novel to be rife with conflict, but in reality, the antagonists in this series don't stand a chance. Nor does it ever appear that they do. While at first, I enjoyed seeing the repugnant antagonists in shock over their forces getting trounced, once you realize that the protagonists will never even be challenged, it's hard to get excited.
2. The schism is all too easy. First of all, for me the "big reveal" when characters are told a shocking and unbelievable truth (in this case, the true history of Safehold) is my favorite moment in any story. But Weber skips over that moment every time. And then the protagonists take it completely in stride. I know the protagonists are very careful about who they choose to tell, but SOME inner conflict would be nice. Some interesting reaction beyond "that explains a lot" and "gee, I'm angry now" would be nice too.
3. Repetitive and pedantic. The same things are explained multiple times per book in this series. Many things are also explained in far more detail than they need to be, as though they were being described to an idiot. The level of detail at which these things are explained is also unnecessary to advance the plot or character development, and slows the plot considerably. This applies to battle tactics, technological innovations, political machinations, speeches, etc.
4. One-dimensional characters. By and large, as one reviewer of the next book suggested, there are only three character types: 1) rational good guy; 2) rational bad guy, who would be a good guy if their honor, patriotism or faith did not force them to the wrong side; and 3) irrational bad guy.
I believe that this story could be told in half the time.
Since it is difficult to enjoy a story when banging your head against the wall or passing out from boredom, although I finished this novel, I will not be "returning" to Safehold for the next book.