I am more of a contemporary sci fi reader/listener. However, a friend told me about this series. Did not want to waist my time with a Lord of the Rings wannabe. However, imagine my surprise when I "forced" myself to buy the first one. You know the rest of the story. Outside of LOR, this is a really great story with an exceptional narrator. Each book expands the story and you start to get a picture of where it is going. This brings me to my rating of book 4. Weber does a great job in developing additional characters without loosing the original characters in the story line. And WOW, the battles... I am really looking forward to book 5, 6, etc...
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
A few positive and negative scenes balance the book
and despite it's length, I never got bored
Whether it's space opera or fantasy, David Weber is a past master at creating worlds with complete ecologies, political systems, economic systems and cultural underpinnings to hang them on.
Read or listen to the first two or three books in the series before you listen to this though. Otherwise, it probably will not be nearly as enjoyable.
Weber has "run the gears" in books one through three, and now he's racing down the freeway here in book four. The reader also seems very comfortable in his role; together, they're smooth as a luxury sedan doing ninety. This book is not only entertaining, but quite satisfying. Unfortunately, it caps the story nicely, so the author may not get back to this series for years :-(
I don't often write reviews as my tastes don't have to meet other's standards. I started to enjoy Mr. Weber's books when I picked up the first Safehold book. I've been a fan ever since. At that time I was looking for lots of action to relax with. While Safehold din't have the action I thought I wanted, This War God Series gets "5 stars" in that part. I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) Still, I have to admit that much of my personal "book" budget goes for his Titles. This guy makes really good universes and really believable people to put in them. I'm looking forward to many, many more Weber-World books. So, far I've found all his books well written, and haven't had much complaint about the narration (some of the accents seem too contrived for me and get in the way of the story.) but that's NOT Mr.Weber's fault, I think. If you've ever liked anything else by Mr. Weber you should like this book a lot. So, far this series rates TWO Ears and a Tail from me.
A good David Weber book with lots of battles with detailed blood and guts scenes. A game of thrones kinda story. Everyone, maybe a few too many, are double and triple crossing everyone. At times i thought it a bit too much. Otherwise, a well told story and the narrator did a good job. If you like action books, you will probably like this.
Yes, starting the 3rd in this series now.
I quite enjoy Weber's books and his series. I read the first books in this series quite some time ago and enjoyed the world he created and the characters who inhabit it. Restrained use of magic. Hooray for horse-stealers and gods who are NOT all-knowing.
That said, this book is a slog to listen to. There are many bit players with names that sound confusingly similar. Without the ability to flip back to remind myself if this is the same person who did x in chapter n, the story line gets lost.
I usually enjoy Weber's rather slow plot developments and savor the details that give his worlds their depth. Here the pace plods. The numerous refresher courses on the economic of building a canal are and why those who will lose revenue are mad is ... boring. I've even taken to skipping the bad guys' dialogues.
Surely Weber must be rich enough to hire a good editor. Wait until this one comes out in paperback or borrow a copy from the library.
Very top of the list. outstanding plot and story lines.
Anything David has written. Wife is blind so she listens to books. went thru Honer Harrington series, Prince series and all related books plus War God series in less than 8 weeks. Love Weber and wants to know why he can't write as fast and she reads (listens). LOL. Had read Harrington series before she lost her sight. Listening to them was just as enjoyable and will start over listen to them again.
yes when book 5 comes out
I thought the performance was great
I listen to this series after my son told me it was one of his favorites. I was lucky enough to get to listen to all 4 books in a row and hope we do not have to wait years for book 5.
The plot is just too slow to develop, endless, irrelevant character descriptions, lack of surprises, and overall a too perfect hero.
I listened through about the first third of the book and gave up.
No. I think I am done with Weber however.
The performance was fine, perhaps a little campy with an overdone accent, but it was the slow plot development not the narration that I had problems with.
Disappointment. It is rare that I just give up on a series or author, but it is clear to me Weber just can't get to the point.