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.
Story is not bad, but maybe ½ could have been deleted. Don't yet know if I'll move on to book two....maybe read some reviews 1st.
Both the writer & the narrator seem to be of the same mind. I can relate so completely to so much of the book: I'm not a "C"hristian, & can see the clear parallels at work today; I'm a Libertarian & can relate to the socioeconomic struggles that are made so much more difficult by the strictures of the Established Church; I've got an extensive history with the navy, sailing, chemistry, physics, self-defense & as a marine technical service business owner (so the phrases & logic used are clearly accurate: he's plainly gotten his feet wet before!) not to mention I'm also quite familiar with the subtle & ironic twists that switching genders involves: I'm a transsexual. This book was more of a pleasure and a thrill to read than I anticipated... I'm looking right now for the next one... c'mon, there's gotta be a next one! For you I'd do both a sweeping hat's-off bow as well as a full courtsey! WELL DONE!
This story is well worth five stars. The story contains the usual consistency of plot, character development and novel thinking (Pardon the pun) of David Weber. The narrator is far and away the best I've had the pleasure to listen to. He has clearly read the book and understands the characters.
... but I cannot stand by and read the trash reviews of this book. Okay, it is slow but I'm sorry it is not a comic book - literature actually takes development. It is certainly not great literature but it is well written, explores some moral and ethical issues, and has a good action plot. If you want your resolutions at the bottom of each page don't read this book. If you want action, thought, character development and at least a moderately challenging paradigm - enjoy!
I was so disappointed in this book. It was too drawn out and there was way too much detail to read and those parts were terribly boring to say the least. I will not be buying any of the other books from this author because I want a story - any story - to MOVE not stand still and bore me to DEATH.