No. I couldn't stand the narration and wish I had actually listened to the preview before I wasted a credit on this book.
The narrator could have listened, even briefly, to the previous books in the series to learn how places and names were pronounced. A more measured pace to his speaking would have helped greatly, he sounds extremely wound up.
Don't waste a credit on this audiobook, just buy it in print or ebook format and read it instead - I think even a text-to-speech app would sound better!
The narrator. Was his copy given to him in all capital letters? I know he is a man but everything was so dramatic it felt like a hormonal teenager telling the story. The only thing it lacked was the foot stomping and door slamming.It is bad enough to have the accents of the characters change from book to book but could someone please make sure the names of characters and countries are pronounced the same?
Have someone else read it. Heck, hire Rosanne Barr.
I like David Webber's books overall. I just wish he would move the plot along a bit faster.
Continued great story, although a bit slow moving.
Oliver Wyman or Jason Culp
Save us from this winey, over intense reader! Kevin Collins is just too hard work to listen to. I have to keep stopping for a respite even though I want to hear the story.
As an earlier reviewer commented, Why do you keep changing readers? The first, Oliver Wyman was good, Jason Culp also good. Mr Keating is a good reader, although I didn't feel this was his best type of book.
And of course when you change reader you don't ensure even similar pronunciation. That is a real problem with continuity, and not really the readers fault. I would have thought Mr Weber would have insisted his work was well and consistently read, but maybe he is just too busy. He does have so many series on the go - and none finished.
Worth mentioning that a map of Safehold is available to download on David Weber's web site. I only mention this because another reviewer was bemoaning the lack of a map for listeners who don't have a hard copy.
All told an enjoyable series. But I do hope it's going somewhere. Lets see the Grand Inquisitor stuffed and the preparations made for the real battle with the Gebarba. Pardon the spelling - I only listen.
I'm not reviewing the book -- I haven't read/listened to it yet. I surely won't be *listening* to this one (and I'm hoping to get my credit back!).
Yet another narrator in this series. This one is breathy, reading with way too much intensity and practically gasping between phrases. As if that wasn't bad enough, as soon as he comes to a name we should all know, he butchers them. Merlin Athrawes's last name has been pronounced A-thraw-ways (or close to that) in all the previous books. This new narrator says, "A-thraws". "Charisian" (previously pronounced kar-is-ian) is now char-ees-ian. "Charis" (previously pronounced kar-is) is now char-is.
Enough is enough. McMillan Audio needs to get narrator and author together for a pronunciation guide. And once there is one, they need to *stick* with it (if not the narrator, at *least* the pronunciation guide!). I am extremely disappointed in this latest narration flop. I've been looking forward to curling up with this book with my Christmas knitting projects for a couple of weeks now.
The book is quite good and fills in the story as expected but I couldn't get over the reading itself. I think this is the third narrarator in this series and that's livable but what isn't is that he couldn't be bothered to listen to previous books and keep all the pronunciations the same. All the character names, realm and city names are so misspronunced it's difficult to follow the story. It seems disrespectful for a narrator to take on a reading like this without doing some research and to pretty much completely wreck the book. All I know is I couldn't get past it and that I'm very dissapointed.
Narrator ruined good book. Butchered name Makel gor Michael, Idiot should have listen to others books before ding it.
I didn't think it was possible but somehow mcmillian managed to find a narrator that was even worse then the last one. It just saddens me that such a fantastic story is getting such a terrible narration job for the audio versions. I suppose ill get used to it eventually but its going to be really really hard. That said if you have never heard of the safe hold series its AWESOME just have to get past the first couple of chapters of the first book (off armageddons reef) and you will be hooked and very angry at the narration job :D
No. Worst of some bad narrators.
Go back to original narrator. And stop changing them!
Get a new narrator.
I like the series and will suffer through bad narrators - but it grows weary.
GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR!
I would recommend this book and do to friends. We travel and love to listen while we drive
He should have at least listened to the books before and heard how the name of the people and places were pronounced. I would get upset when he would call them by new sounding names. If he is going to try to read after other people he should follow what has already been set up.
Get on with the story! More plot and fewer details. At this rate we'll never find out about what's under the temple, or the return of the anglels, or the Gababa, or what happens to the church, or......
continuation of the series was most interesting, however there was so little new, either details, expansion of characters, or extending the story line, that I feel there's only half a books worth of story or plot. The book is mostly battle details, but no more development of the dangling plot elements.
Listen to enough of the previous books to use the same pronunciation for proper names! He got just about every one wrong (that is, different than the previous ones), although in some cases I'll admit that his might actually be better. Secondly, tone it down a bit, It's tiring to have the whole story, even details, related as if it's supposed to be dramatic. Better yet, stop changing narrators! It's quite distracting, and they're getting worse with each of the latest works.
No, not really that kind of book.
I've loved Mr Weber's stories, but the last couple books,in this series, and Honor Harrington are just getting too bloated, and unfinished, and sadly somewhat boring. They've been getting worse with each new one.With these last two, I've been left feeling cheated. I think I'm going to stop buying his books,and wait for them at the library.