The author's character development was rather amazing, and I really enjoyed the completely believable thought processes as they were so clearly laid out. Yes, it was easy to like the "good" guys and dislike the bad guys; but none of the characters' personalities were unrealistic (note that I am not referring to the lead character here). To the contrary, the theme has many "historical" similarities to the moral and religious fictions and "truths" of our own planet.
I was simply AMAZED at the narration. Oliver Wyman had a different voice for each of the 20 - 30 (more?) speaking characters, and pulled off each of them perfectly. I may not choose to listen to further books by this author; but I DO intend to make a list of books narrated by Oliver Wyman.
Oliver Wyman is the best narrator I've ever listened to, bar none.
Perhaps because I did not listen to the book in just a day or two (took me about 2 weeks on and off), it was quite difficult for me to keep track of the entire cast of characters; same problem with the geography and all of the different "countries" and oceans on this planet of Safehold. Candidly, many of the players' names sounded similar to me . . . and I often had to keep listening until they said or did something -- good or bad -- for me to be reminded of who they were. Then again, I don't remember things as clearly as I once did. :-)
No, Wyman's narration is mild and soporific. And I just can't work up a whit of care for Weber's story or characters.
Nothing in this series!
It was ok in that it wasn't annoying. But it certainly wasn't very dramatic either. Nothing memorable about it.
All of them. This story just doesn't grab me.
At points it felt like it was dragging and I kinda wanted the story to speed up a bit. But the overall story and premise is excellent. Definitely looking forward to the next installment.
I am listening to this book and series for the 3rd time in three years. I still have trouble putting it down. The story is still riveting the third time around.
David Weber's first book in the Safehold series is, despite the author's trademark wordiness, a lively and well-paced novel. Later novels in the series are less well-paced, but fans of Weber (of which I am one) will keep slogging through the endless exposition to see just where the story might go.
Difficult to define by genre, "Off Armageddon Reef" blends Science Fiction, Space Opera, Alternate History (thematically, if not exactly in fact), and Age of Sail naval action. Oh, and swashbuckling. There is swashbuckling. Buckles are swashed. While that may be a confusing melange of stuff to cram into a story, it works pretty well. Be forewarned; what is effectively a prologue spans the first few hours of the audiobook.
Oliver Wyman's narration is excellent. I wish he had been the narrator for the entire series. The others are a mixed bag, although none are bad. Wyman, though, does a superb job of bringing the disparate characters to life through accent, tone, and pitch.
I definitely recommend this to fans of Weber, fans of military sci-fi, or those who have the time and patience for a long, but entertaining, novel. If your tolerance for lengthy exposition about technical minutiae is low, this probably isn't the novel for you.
This book was very well written and researched. If you enjoy reading long detailed narratives of 17th and 18th century weaponry and naval warfare, then this is the book for you! You can also look forward to lots and lots of political scheming, in (what was for me) excruciating detail.
Admittedly, I'm not a fan of this type of "medieval" sci-fi. It is however well written, and if you like stories that heavily involve the aforementioned subjects, then you will find this book, and I imagine the series, interesting.
I wouldn't have printed it. Or I would have called it 'Deus Ex Machina'.
I might. The guy has some good ideas for sure. He's still on my list.
The performance was not bad given the material. I'm not knocking the narrator who did a nice job.
I wanted to like this. I really did. I love really long books. After listening to half a dozen mainstream [and heavy] novels, I was looking for some space opera: a long, involved space yarn. This ain't it. Oh no.
This is a story about medieval navel tactics, period, and it drones on, and on, and on, and, well, on. Do you care about sail patterns and rigging? This is your novel.
The only SF in the novel? It's used to explain some odd plot points. And, yea, the overall idea is fairly intriguing. It is and I won't give it away here: in a far future an implacable foe is killing off human colonies, so the humans setup a colony with no tech whatsoever thinking that the aliens won't be able to find a planet that depends on horses. Great idea, right?
So they get a bunch of human volunteers and they somehow 'wipe' their memories, implanting new ones that accept an agrarian world of serfs, castles, and duplicitous church officials. Are you bored yet?
But it's just boring boring boring: King this, Earl that, Church officials, all kinds of chicanery in detail that fails to move the plot or add depth/interest to any of the characters. The protagonist is a robot plunged into a world of humans made to think they are living in a world where the church rules- like Europe in the middle ages.
He convinces the King that he has 'visions', which are actually intelligence gathered by very hi-tech bugs; there visions provide intel on enemy movements. Boring. Boring.
I'm within 9 hours of completion. And I'm calling it quits. I can't take it.
Did I mention it's not SF? And it is boring?