This book has a lot of political talk, but delivers a scifi set in a future time on a human colony planet with a feudal political system and technology to match. The narration was really good. It added to the story without bringing attention to itself; which should be the goal of every narrator. I was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series until I realized that every book in the rest of the series costs 2 credits. The first book is one credit to draw you in; then the rest are 2 credits. Bad form Audible; Bad Form! It's a shame. I was about to cancel my membership because I couldn't find anything to spend my credits on. When I found this I thought I would be around at least long enough to finish the series, but these books aren't really worth 2 credits, and podcasts are free.
great series just need to stop switching narrators and for the LOVE OF GOD at-least stop getting worse ones.
I've enjoyed many of Mr. Weber's books over the years..... this one not so much. I'm hesitant to spend any more $ on the other books in the series since it seems so predictable.
While the premise of the series is interesting there are just too many convenient situations. And Merlin's ability to swoop in and gain influence with all he comes in contact with is too easy.
I'll pass on the rest.
Only if the friend was a David Weber fan. There's a lot of Weber-esque expository that won't appeal to the generic fan of adventure style science fiction.
I both hated and loved Mr. Wyman. He has such a wide range of voices to use. I wouldn't even recognize some of them as coming from the same person. He is a vary talented voice-over actor. On the other hand, I was annoyed by his mispronunciation of Nimue's name as
No. Too much to absorb in one sitting. It's the kind of book that one needs to digest slowly. Too many characters, too many undercurrents to track in one sitting.
I was bothered by some of the technical details in the book. For instance, the planet Safehold is described as being
Honor Meets Hornblower
Merlins first meeting with Caleb - Saving the life of th eyoung Prince after being set upon by 12 assassins
Oliver captured the book beautifully - but I was particularly impressed with Narmin Bates.
An Android from the past must overcome a 1000 year old Theocracy to lead humanity back to the stars.
I love to read and love David Weber's series - but this story takes on new life under Oliver Wyman's audio presentation.
Don’t bother with this unless you are inclined to listen to details of baseball, ship building and the construction of weapons. I am giving up, laying down my earbuds and giving my ears a rest. The story was confused and difficult to care about. Huge gaps and leaps didn’t help me to follow or really understand this story. It might have worked if the editor had taken to it with a big red pen. I’ve just wasted a credit.
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well I was not expecting this book to be what it was, I thought it was a sci-fi book about escaping a genocidal alien race - well it was, but there was only a short space battle and that was at the beginning of the book, by time its over there is a little more sci-fi stuff and then strait into medieval 17th century Earth with kings and large boats with cannons and stuff like that
This was not what I was wanting to read, but I decided to stay with it because I wanted to get back into the space battles and anything that was not medieval, well it never came
However this book did impress me with what it could have been, and what the whole story will be when its completed (there are only 4 books so far, and a 5th on the way - probably a min of 2 more, up to even 5 or more knowing this author) but there is way to much religion and politics, and way to little awesomeness in here for me to continue the story as of now - I usually get all of a series and read them all but for now I am done with this
Its like you know when you read a book and they elude to how something in the past was or happened and somewhat go into detail with it enough for you to understand it but not take up a lot of time - well this is as if someone decided to take a 30 min story and turn it into a 30 hour story
Entertaining story that promises an interesting series to come, the sci-fi/late-medieval setting is unusual and offers Weber plenty of possible directions for his storytelling. The narrator does a fine job. I assume if you normally enjoy Weber's writing, this one is a solid choice (I haven't read any other books by this author yet).
The flaw in this book is the dialog, which is too verbose and could have done with some editing. Even a simple "Yes/no" dialog examines all possible options and has the characters grimace or raise their eyebrows. It does get tedious after a while, and distracts from the actual storytelling.
I'm wildly disappointed in this work. Weber spends more than half his writing giving us political backstory and far-too-detailed technical exposition on the mechanical changes Merlin tries to implant in the new culture. Someone should remind the author that characters are people who DO things of their own, get their feelings and egos hurt, get into trouble, and basically don't just follow along some teacher/leader like mindless morons. Weber clearly sees this as another long series, but I will not be wasting any more of MY money or free time on Safehold. (I abandoned Honor a long time ago too.)
Have listened through the entire Prince Roger series 3 times and never get tired of it, but decided to try another David Weber audio series. Have read all the Honor Harrington books also. I listen to audio books when I work out and this one kept me working out a lot longer just to find out what happened next. Can not wait to start on the next book in the series. All of David Weber's books are excellent Science Fiction.