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.
I stuck through this book through a miserable commute. With little else to do in the car I have a high tolerance for slow stories. This pushed the limit. I'd buy the abridged version or skip it.
I did like the story that developed but they're going for a 7 book series that may take the rest of your life to listen to if you can stick with it. I wont be buying the sequels.
I have enjoyed David Weber's books for years and looked forward to having one on CD. This is not even close to his best work. There are hours of rather dull dialog which doesn't advance the plot by much. This is broken up with very occasional bits of action that have perhaps a bit too much gore than is useful. Don't give up on this author just because of this below average work.
If we hadn't been trapped on a 6000 mile road trip with no other book in the audiolibrary, we never would hve finished this one. The author may have been the darling of his creative writing teacher in middle school, but he hasn't advanced beyond that. Nearly all nouns had at least two-- sometimes three--adjectives; adverbs were liberally sown through the extended sentences. One had to wonder if the inhabitants of the planet had a genetic neurologic tic disorder: they constantly shrugged, grimaced, narrowed their eyes, and performed various antics with their eyebrows. The plot was advanced (by millimeters) through lengthy conversations about planetary politics and technology. One could almost see the author outlining the movie scenario. The main characters were stereotypes--the stalwart handsome prince, the noble king, the nefarious enemies, and the invincible hero. The latter had been the only female character, but was aparently forced by circumstance to become a robo-dude. The whole trip, I kept apologizing to my husband for having picked this one.
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! The ideas, presentation, and narration are absolutely fabulous. I am listening to the 2nd book (having listened to many others in between) and realized how spectacular in comparision not only is the story but the narration - he is the best narrator. How suprised I was to discover the author is the narrator...I was hoping it wasn't because I was going to buy my next book based on the narrator...oh well
This is turning out to be a truely great series!
The parallels to the March Upcountry series are gratuitous. Despite that, it's a great story and I look forward to the rest of the series.
To predict whether you will enjoy this story, imagine the uncontested power of the Dark-Ages Catholic Church devoted to the goals of Greenpeace. If that idea intrigues you, then you will hate this story. If it makes you shudder, then give Armageddon a listen.
The first fifteen minutes is promising but then devolves into a wizards and dragons tale. Okay, the 'wizard' is an android type thing but basically still plays the role of a wizard in the fantasy genre. The 'come-on' is misleading. The sci-fi aspect is minimal and the story should have been desribed as a 'Lord of the Rings' type. That theme would have been more more legitimate. It is fairly well written and especially well read.
I loved the start and I'm looking forward to the sequels. I could have done with less painful detail about sailing. I love when authors paint a visual picture but I'm not that interested in having them paint operating instructions.