The story is the quintessential David Weber Safehold (I own the hard covers). However, this particular Audible production stands out because of the lack of continuity in production values with the prior five novels. What stands out as the worst of the values is the lack of consistency in pronunciations used for the "Safeholdian" names and places in the previous productions. In short, it is as if no one of this production team bothered to listen to, even in cursory fashion, the other productions.
It makes following the story very jarring. What further detracts from the audible production is the mis-pronunciation of common words as opposed to the Safeholdian names and places; example: Adjutant.
Not willingly if the voice actor continues with the lack of research into the prior pronunciations used in the Weber novels.
Can't say right now because I could not stomach narrator
ANY ONE ELSE AT THIS POINT. He was totally over acting in places that should have been calm. He mispronounced just about every pronoun, which was very annoying. I could not finish the audio and will read the book. He destroyed the story for me.
Stop changing narrators or at least teach new ones how to pronounce or pronounce pronouns like the previous narrators.
The narrator is trying too hard and is overacting. It was a huge distraction.
What's even worse is that he stresses the wrong words in sentences and mispronounced all the names and places.
Narrator also ignores WRITTEN instructions in the book tone such as "he said, flatly" .
Look, I don't blame the reader, though to be honest it was like Hayden Christensen in Star Wars... you're into the story but lord please just let it end. I blame the producer, really one or two words and/or names pronounced differently I understand... but just about every major character and place name was said differently than in the last 5 books. Did they even listen to the other books?
Thank God Oliver Wyman is back for the next one.
While the story is good, the narrator was terrible. Listening was a struggle. I seriously considered returning the audio book and buying it on Kindle. Not only were the character names pronounced differently than all the other books, the narrator was not always consistent in his pronunciation. Then he would mess up common phrases like saying "..swept a courtesy.. " instead of "swept a curtsey"
Let me start by complaining about this particular book’s narrator. My best short phrase is this: “Tragically over dramatized.” At the beginning of the reading it was so bad that all I could think was, “Please, take a breath.” I almost returned the audio book to get a paper copy and read it myself. Luckily, the narration became at least endurable after the first couple of chapters.
However, don’t let this deter one from enjoying this terrific epic tale. The story itself is very well done. One easily becomes caught up in the tales of horror, of loss and trepidation, as well as the powerful victories of this war. Yet there is always the human element. Mr. Weber develops tremendous detail on all his characters, so that you learn to know them, to love or hate them, and to truly feel for their plights.
Beyond this, the world of Safehold is created so realistically that one can almost believe that it exists. David Weber’s apparent knowledge and/or research into the method of battle and technology development is superb, giving life not only to the characters in this story, but to this development of technology along with the changes in society as this development spreads. This breaths much life and realism into this Science Fictional society.
What more could one ask for in any novel?
I could say a lot about what scenes and events I liked or didn’t in this novel, but I don’t believe in spoilers. If you are interested, enjoy it yourself.
I highly recommend this tale (Along with the rest of the books in this series) as David Weber’s best series too those that I have read/listened to. Definitely worth a list or a read.
This is the 6th book in the series. After the first two books the narrator changed and the ages of all the characters seemed to change. I lived with it but in this book the names of people and places changed (or they were pronounced differently) and the story became hard to follow. If you buy just this book then the story will work and do recommend the story but if you consider the changes then I almost stopped myself.
Maikel Staynair is my favorite person because he is motivated and consistent in doing the right thing.
Don't change the names of the characters or the places. It makes the transition between books difficult for the reader.
The narrator seemed to be over playing the parts just a little. It was a little distracting when everyone is excited all the time. This got better along the way but it did detract from the experience.