On the strength of some of his other work, I purchased this audio book and all I can say is that the narrator Jason Culp is to be commended for reading page after page of drivel non-stop. To say that this book lacks a cohesive story is an understatement. I thought Ben Bova obscure when he would take a half paragraph describe the protagonist's blazer buttons, but this book is just brutal in its inane details. This book must be over 1000 pages and it has little enough actual story to fill a Sci-Fi comic book.
Do not waste your money or worse, your time on this one.
Sci Fi and history mixed in a story writ large. I enjoy the action and the detailed settings behind the action
I enjoyed this book. It is a long book and spends a great deal of time spinning subplots and fleshing out minor characters. Compared to the other novels in the Safehold Series 'A mighty Fortress' is light-on for major events, except of course for a myriad murders, purges, escapes, executions, intrigues, weapons development, plots, counter plots and the obligatory climactic sea battle. Yes as other reviews have said, there is a huge amount of dialogue between characters. Lots of pondering morality, weighting right verses wrong in the light of whatever is going on.... But hell that is what Weber has been writing about all along. so A might Fortress is more character development than action. Well that same can be said for books in the middle of the Honor Harrington and Prince Roger series. On its' own a little long-winded. However considered within the Safehold Series as a whole, A Mighty fortress is a worthwhile progression that adds depth and a myriad possibilities to the overall narrative. This is why I enjoyed the book. This book offers many more possibilities for the rest of the series. Without which, it might just be a little too predictable.
However I too had some issue with the narration. It could be better. Especially the pronunciation of 'Valet' (with a silent 't') and several other commonly used words of non-American origin. And yes some of the accents.... The original narrator was easier to follow... Still I look forward to the next installment .
Everything changes. Everything is connected. Pay attention.
Seemingly endless descriptions of naval action does little to advance the plot. Perhaps if I knew, or cared, what topsills are, I could garner a little more enthusiasm?
I feel like this and the last book are just so much filler. I can hear a Monty Pythonesque chorus of "get on with it!" I'm really struggling to maintain interest in the series.
Weber has created a great idea, with a likeable array of characters, but seems to be squandering it on pointless minutiae.
I am really starting to wonder if he is being paid by the word.
Still entertaining. Narrator is definitely not as good as the first book or two in this series - just Ok. I would not pan this book as much as others have. Worth the "read" though it did not add a lot the story line.
this series is great. Weber captures the imagination and emotions of the readers. historical basis to the story are awesome.
if you've like the series so far, this continues the trend. universe is consistent and appropriately self-limiting. good action.
Having recently found David Weber's work. I find his books engrosing. I recommend beginning with the first book. I doubt it would make as much sense without.
Jason Culp is a pleasure to listen to. I hope to find more titles he narrates.