Having read the story in ebook version prior to listening via audiobook, I consider both mediums to fit the story well.
Wyman does a great performance, integrating pacing as well as voice accents that bring the characters to life. One drawback was Wyman's unfortunate pronunciation of Nimue's name, as Ni-MOO instead of NIM-oo-ay, as in the mythical character associated with Merlin. The pronunciation stuck out immensely, however Wyman's performance overall was very good.
I bought this as one of the introductions to new series, I also was interested in the fact it was 30 hours. I discovered 30 hours of fighting was 29 hours too much. Also the religious overtones with an attempt to cover them up was just a little too much.
Make the beginning a little more connected it's very disjointed. Come on don't think you are fooling anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the Bible and Religious history by changing the names. It becomes a farce and distracting after awhile.
It's so disjointed I'm not sure I can
I will not be continuing this series.
David Weber is a prolific writer of a good number of series, but this one stands apart from his work because of the scope, excellent character/plot interaction, and a grand sense of an epic tale just getting underway. Future technologies, vast space armadas, aliens, medieval settings, fantastic intrigue, and wait...a warrior/priest/wizard robot using disguised technology to guide an entire planet into their destined future...AND I HAVEN'T EVEN GIVEN MAJOR PLOT POINTS AWAY!
Why not pick a great narrator to match the work, someone who could carry this exciting centuries-spanning tale with the energy and depth it deserves? Say, a "Roy Dotrice" style narrator, who brings accents, timely verbal emphasis, and a stronger sense of placement to the narration? No offense, Wyman, but this is a work that is still a bit beyond you. Work on it. Practice makes perfect, but not on this audiobook just yet.
Still, this is no reason not to get this audiobook. It's an WONDERFUL listen, despite the narrator, and it's only the first in the series - Please do yourself a favor, and buy this audiobook. I've gone back twice to listen to it all over again, and enjoyed it. I'm confident you'll do the same.
A good book if it willbe the first in a series. That being said if it's meant to stand on it's own it's mildly muddled. I assume, given the description that the main chracter is Nimue. that being said "she" doesn't appear that often and when "she" does it's either for some rather unbelievable action sequence or to suffer a historical dissertation.
Don't get me wrong, history is important but the relevance of the speches given (or thought) is something that weighs the story down. Unlike where there's a fairly clear dominant main character in the say the Prince Rogers series, this book suffers from too many characters with little or no background to understand thier motivations.
The book is described as a "sci-fi epic" it's not, it's more a historical military novel with a few sci-fi bits as plot props.
I really can decide how I feel about it. I'm going to reread it again but at least for the first read-thru I didn't care about any of the characters and the bits of SF that were included are very good concepts but either allow deus ex machina style plotting or add littleif antyhing to move the story forward.
I suppose it could be arged that SF is a relative term given the planet's tech levels but for my midn that's stretching things a bit.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book one of a new series called Safehold. Safehold is a planet that humans have hid on to seek survival of the human race from destruction. The goal was to stay a low tech world so it would not be seen by the enemy. They set up a religion to control people and a simple society. The story starts from here and was slow to get going but by the end of the book I was hooked and looking forward to the next book. I think I prefer the Honor Harrington series better but they are much different stories.
I got started with David Weber books with a mighty fortress and I was hooked this book did not disappoint. I will recommend it to everyone I know
Been trying to get through this book for two years. But I never could and always return it. But this time I will finish it in the hope that subsequent books in the series will be better. I am about 2/3 done and my head is about to explode, but again being a member for so long, I am running out of books to listen to in my favorite genres. But I will return this book as Audible allows us to with books we dislike as I really, really hate this book.
It's not the religion, I get that it's a very important part of the plot. But it's that everyone is so damn polite. It's almost comical. "I am very sorry sir, but I now must strike off your head, please hold still if you will". Okay, I made that up, but you get my drift.
And Merlyn comes off as a preachy 'know it all'. Maybe it's the narrator.
This book is starting to come off as if intended for pre-teens.
Insomniacs and people with infinite amounts of patience for a rambling story that might get somewhere eventually.
A good book should have your interest in the first page, and should have you hooked by the end of the first chapter. I listened to this book for over 3 hours, and became steadily less interested. I like a good long story, but this was rambling, seemingly going no where and taking a long time to do it. Maybe if you had an infinite amount of patience, it would eventually get around to having something worthwhile to say, but I don't.
the reader did a fair job given the relatively poor material.
The basic idea of a human civilization hiding from scary aliens bent on annihilation of all of humantity is interesting enough. Just get on with it though.
It's a great premise. The opening chapters were great - held great promise. But then as chapter after chapter went by relating the politics and machinations of the different factions I started wishing it would just get to the point. I started skipping ahead and sampling the first several minutes of later chapters. Finally I gave up and put it away for good. I've read and enjoyed "big" stories - the Foundation Trilogy then the whole saga including prequels. Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. Different feel entirely.
No, this is my second attempt and he takes for ever talking about
Every little thing, i dont like political stuff, i like more action
So slow and just boring
Narrator was doing the best he could with what he had
Several all the in depth church politcal stuff , it when i one ear and out the other