If you have been following the series and Weber's writing in general, this is more of the excellent work. Weber's early work, even before the Harrington series, was much more action oriented. As he has aged, matured(?), he has moved deeper into the motivations and psychology of his characters rather than focus on plot. He is much more interested in exploring basic conflicts within the human experience. This installment of the Safehold Series is no different. Ignore the criticisms about the reader. Kevin Collins did a great job and improved as the story evolved. The civil war is mired down in Siddermark as the the sides evolve quickly from 16th century to early 19th century technology. The war, like many wars, drives technological advancement. Weber relishes the history of weapons development and uses that history throughout this work. I thought I would be bored, and I was not. In typical Weberian fashion, I am now waiting for the next installment. Charles Dickens has nothing on David Weber.
The book captured my attention well and brought out the full range of emotion that great books do.
Although a few minor errors may exist, it definitely flowed felt better edited than some of the books in the middle of this series. Weber's trademark detail didn't feel overly drawn out and this book lacked some of the noticeably excessive repetition some of the previous books in the series had.
I found the narrator is a little too intense at the start of the book and to be honest, I disliked him to begin with. However, as the story developed and I became more accustomed to the "alternative" pronunciation of certain names and places, I grew to like him and his emotional intensity more and more.
In the end however, the variation between characters voices isn't quite as wide or distinctive as I might expect from some reading Weber and he fails to present unique accents between realms as clearly as some of the previous narrators.
** If the audiobook publisher should by some chance read through these reviews, I'll leave a few recommendations **
- Please stop changing the narrator and stick with the Kevin T. Collins. The narrator heavily influences how characters come across and when they speak with different voices in every book it creates a disconnected sense of frustration in listeners.
- Please establish a guide for pronunciation and accents and stick with it. There's no reason to change the sound of names and places halfway through the series like this.
The book is far too long to listen to in one sitting however it doesn't feel overly long and I felt myself wishing there were more to it as I whittled down the time remaining.
With the possible exception of the first book, this is by far my favorite of the series so far and I am eagerly looking forward to the the development of both characters and the story in the next few books.
The narrator, his pronuciation at least. He could have at least listened to 15 min of any of the books. I am having serious issues following him because of it.
I love them all
His voice is fine but i like the guy who did the first book, why can't they stick to 1 guy?
There is a map on Weber's website for those of us without the hard copy.
I just enjoy David Weber's story telling. This for me is an epic story at its best. David shows us a war between good and evil, but which side is good and which side is evil. The author lets you decide for yourself.
Kevin Collins was a poor choice to narrate this book. Not that Kevin did a bad job, he brought about to much change to the book. First off I have gotten used to the narrators to the other five books. There were three other narrators all of them had different voices, but they used the same pronunciations for people and places. Kevin changed every name and places pronunciation. This would have been alright in the beginning of the series, but I had gotten used to the other pronunciations. This threw me off so bad that at one point I thought I was listening to the wrong book. Second, The other narrators had changes in their voices for different characters. Kevin just straight read the material. It was like listening to someone speak in monotone.
David Weber is that a rhetorical question????? YES!!!!!!Kevin T. Collins problem is geting it pronunciation right. He is not the most talented narrator I have ever heard but he is good.
The thing I like about this book or any David Weber book is that he pints a truly excellent socio political environment that many mistake for filler.
Yes not execaly he's fault for geting it righ.
I have looked up the pronunciation for 3 of the words before writing this and to my surprise the narrator Kevin T. Collins was the one to get it right not the over narrators. I found that every time Kevin T. Collins used the correct pronunciation raver then the one I was used to it who'd grinded on my nerves. If you have not listened to the over books I do not think this will bother you.It wood have been best if Kevin T. Collins stuck to the same pronunciation as in the over 5 books but I can not blame the man for doing the job right.Just to be clear Kevin T. Collins did a good job what degraded the experiences for me was not he's fault.
Not if they hear the other books first.
Kevin would be fine if he bothered to listen to earlier books. Its science fiction so uncommon words are used, but please when jumping into book 6 of a series it would behoove him to get a passing familiarization with person and place names. Show a little regard for your listeners who are the customers.
A lot of reviews are really slamming the narrator, but I thought he did a fine job. The problem is with the producer/director. It appears that no direction was given to the narrator at all, it is the directors job to keep the pronuciations of the names consistent with the other books in the series. But it appears the director did not listen to the other books in this series. So the result was some rather jarring changes in the main characters name and the locations on Safehold. But once I accepted the changes the narrartor did a good job of voicing the various characters and keeping the narrration interesting.
As for the story, it did progress a bit in this book. By my calculations we will only need aabout 80 or 90 more books in this series before the humans of Safehold are ready to seek revenge from the Gbaba. I hope David Weber lives to be 160 so we can have a conclusion to the series.
I really enjoy the very long arc of the story spanning multiple books, it allows the author to explore and describe side aspects of this universe.
I enjoyed the extended description of the conception, creation, and use of the "ironsides", of course it was most enjoyable to read the first engagement and how well they worked out. The author continues to give a good balance to the competing sides of the conflict and now that the "ironsides" has engaged in battle, I'm looking for to see how he has the Temple react.
very little. If this were the first book I heard I might be more forgiving, however his pronunciations of so many words were so different from previous narrators that it was constantly pulling me out of the story. It was extremely jarring and unpleasant. He also did not seem to create separate personalities for the different characters like Oliver Wyman did.
For 28 hours? I'm sorry but there is no book of this length I know of that I would be able to listen to in one sitting.
Okay, the reading Charles Keating gave for "How Firm a Foundation" was disappointing, compared to the previous efforts by Oliver Wyman and Jason Culp, but at least he got the main character's name and the Empire of Charis' name right. Kevin T. Collins pronounces Charis with the ch from cheese rather the hard c adopted by ALL the other readers. Every other reader makes Athrawes a three syllable name, but not KTC. But where every other reader gave Nimue only two, there's where he chose to add the syllable stolen from Athrawes. Heck, he even changes the pronunciation of PICA. It really keeps me from enjoying an audiobook when I am constantly cringing in my mind every time the reader mispronounces the names of main characters and places.
have toughly enjoyed this series, up until the last two books. The story line is fine, but where do they find these narrators? The last one was tolerable, but this one makes me want to beat my head against the table.... They need to stop changing them out!