If you are going to narrate the fifth book in an ongoing series, find the pronunciation guide used by the previous reader(s). There's nothing more annoying than to suddenly have characters names and place names change how they are pronounced. Also, learn to do character voices. It really improves the quality of the reading. When all characters sound exactly the same, it's harder to tell who is speaking.
Story line continues but the narration is woefully inadequate and the author's penchant to go on for hours explaining minutia regarding sails and early war ship terms is annoying and ad nothing to the story.
Story line is interesting with some rough parallels to the English Reformation, save the author's insistence on the unorthodox doctrine of "Free Will". When the story is not bogged down in displaying the author's (presumed) knowledge of ancient sail plans for galleons, the story line is fascinating. I find myself waiting for the next shoe to drop. Not always happy endings within the story, but hopefully there will be at the end (whenever that comes).
Listening to this narration was painful. While the British accent is enamored by us Yanks, the late Charles Keating's rendering, failed to differentiate characters adequately, changed pronunciation of names from the earlier versions, and even changed the little differentiation offered between chapters. One character's voice in one chapter was different in the next.
The narration and overbearing details of sail plans and shipboard workings may almost break my addiction to the series before I get to the next book. That would be a shame since I would like to know where the story line goes, but the painful narrator, if used again, and the hours of describing only what the author may know about is wearing.
I like the series, but it seems to be bogging down with plodding detail. The narration is very disappointing.
There is no attempt by Keating to even come close to the character voices we grew accustomed to in the first 4 performances. There so very little differentiation in voice between characters that listening is tiring. I'd rather be reading, especially for the price!
Please no follow up book with Keating. Bring back book 4's reader please!
I see all these complaints about the Narrator. While the switch in Narrators (again) is highly annoying Keating is not nearly so bad and people keep saying. It's a difference in British vs. American pronunciation. For example he pronounces Sharleyan as Shar-Lee-anne instead of Shar-lee-in etc.. I have no difficulty understanding what he says and in fact I think he would have been a fine Narrator for the entire series. The only thing I don't like about it is everybody typically sounds like they're ready for a nap.
I'm on the Grind and have knocked out 5 books in two months. I'm really enjoying the story and not in small part to Mr. Keating's narration. The story is rich and you have to give Mr. Weber credit for doing his homework with regards to Naval terms. I am starting to get concerned that he is going to pull a Jordan on us and just pour out book after book without advancing us towards what should be an inevitable end. Even now he's starting to get a little mired down in the details.
Still - Good Story, Good Depth, Good Narrator. He has kept my free time interesting.
Thank you Mr. Weber.
I would read other David Weber books, but absolutely nothing by Charles Keating. His voice is so soothing it almost puts me to sleep.
The performance is just...BORING. The book itself isn't bad, but I want Oliver Wyman back! He made the early books interesting!
If you are desperately sold on the Safehold books, and MUST continue with the series, go ahead...but I personally am returning this book.
Great accent. Nice voice. Big "s" issue. Every "s" was disturbing.
This was nothing more than a reading of the book. No acting. No attempts to develop character voices.
I believe that story tellers HAS an effect on a book Especially series,and ones as healthy as this one. It somehow changes something.
Weber yes; Keating, NO not ever.
He has a new pronunciation for every name and tile. Didn't he bother listening to the anything in the previous four books.
Continuation of the story.
Will force me to go back to printed word.
The narrator made this book really really hard to listen to. Everyone sounds like old men, please never let this guy narrate another book. Save your self and go buy the book