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.
Interesting & thought provoking.
Narrator sounded breathless and expectant during the entire book. Appropriate for some situations, but not the entire book.
Frustrated listening to the narrator.
The reader actually would have been great, if he hadn't mispronounced every name in the story. Yet, it was still an amazing story in the saga. Slow progression and many surprises. Not disappointed with the story at all just the reader
In a mind far far away, at a time long long ago.
Jaspar the Grand Inquisitor - the man you love to hate.
Adequate, overemphasized, not a stopper.
I downloaded and listened to the first five books and then because of the poor narrator reviews didn't continue with the series. Bad mistake. While I agree that the narrator detracts a bit from the earlier books it wasn't enough to eclipse my enjoyment of the continuing story. Just do it.
Or at least have the new narrator use the same pronunciations. Do your homework for our sakes. I hate having to translate names that have been established for the whole series!
Changing narrators yet again is a tremendous distraction. This narrator either didn't listen to previous books or, if he did he decided to change virtually every pronunciation anyway. Hard to believe the author would allow that.
How much did you save by hiring the worst narrator? The worst! Everything is breathy and dramatic and really dramatic and really really dramatic! When he does something as utterly mundane as announcing the location for the action at the beginning of a chapter, e.g. "Palace of Tellisberg, Kingdom of Charis" it's as if he's watching the Hindenberg go up in flames.
And let's not even start on how every narrator for the first 5 books (all 3 narrators) pronounce "Charis" as kar-is, but this idiot pronounces it as chair-is.
Some cynical producer said, "Hey, if they've listened to the first 5 books, they'll listen to the 6th book no matter how bad the narrator is. So let's go bottom-of-the-barrel and save the money." It is extremely disrespectful to loyal listeners.
I've only listened to about 15 minutes of the book and I'm already this disgusted. And I'm not one of those "oh no they changed the narrator I hate this" people; I'm quite willing to entertain changes in narrators during a book series.
omg see above. I guess Kevin Collins works for cheap, because he's listed as the narrator for 188 Audible titles. I, for one, will NEVER buy another book for which he is the narrator. I've listened to perhaps 2000 audiobooks and he is the worst narrator I've ever encountered.
The multiple narrators over the series were already pretty bad, but this one changed the pronunciation of so so many names to be down right jarring. Looking forward to the next two which go back to the original narrator.