This series started out exciting...now it seems to be mired down in a bog! Just lke the Wheel of Time, several of the books could have been deleted, or at least condensed into one.
I perferred Jason Culp. It is difficult for me to enjoy a new narrator.
I wish David Weber would go back to what made the book exciting, and get away from his enjoyment of "playing civil war"!
I've enjoyed the Safehold books immensely. I like seeing the small (and sometimes large) changes in technology tip the power balance in the world
The rest of the Safehold books, though this one suffers from the feeling that despite everyone's efforts, nothing much changed
The recording company desperately needs to provide some consistency in narration. From book to book, the pronunciation of names varies widely as do the accents for various nations. If they cannot get the same author throughout, they could at least make him listen to the previous narration.
The rise of the ironclads
The narration was terrible . For this reader not to have listen to the prior novels and used the same names as the prior narrators was just arrogant . Every one connected with this production should be fired
Bring back Oliver Wyman. Kevin Collins ruined this for me.
When I first heard Kevin crying wining tone of over acting.
anger and disappointment
I've read the previous 5 books in the series, and enjoyed them. But this one was just battle after battle without any plot. Disclaimer: I don't read this series because I'm super interested in battles. I started the series because it was a great concept and had compelling characters. In the earlier books, I was willing to sit through the intermittent battle scenes until I could get back to the plot. This book was profoundly disappointing for me. But, if you are a battle buff, you will probably like it.
Maybe, it would depend on if there is more plot in future books. For this book, I wish I had just read the cliff notes version.
The previous books in the safehold series are based on sea battles. Well, the time has come for them to start their land campagin which is the main focus of this book. Good story but it is somewhat easy to get confused on the various places and peoples introduced in this book.
He could have listened to previous books in the series in order to get the pronunciation of names and places to match other readings.
Like How Firm a Foundation, the writing rescues the reading.
I love the series, but this narrator was extremely annoying!
The narrator obvious did not listen to any of the previous books because he changed the pronunciations of place and character names, a long with some common words that I have never heard pronounced the way he did.
The narrator also tried to use the pitch and pace of his voice to convey dramatic moments in the story. The effect he actually conveyed was a really bad ham actor.
I'll be watching for this one to come out with a different narrator.
Another great story by Weber; progressing the Safehold saga and building the cast and characters.
I usually don't post reviews, but I was so disappointed with the voice acting that I had to say something. Jason Collins is new to the series; Mr Collins' only redeeming feature is that he is clearly spoken. His forced breathless delivery is painful to listen to. He does settle down a bit in the later chapters, but the first 8 hours is positively painful. He has not taken the time to prepare for the reading, having obviously not listened to the previous novels. Almost all of the pronunciation of character and place names has shifted, in some cases to the point where the names are not recognisable. Changing the main character Merlin Athrawes’ name from “A-thra-wes” to “ath-RAWs”, Nimue from “NI-mu” to “Nimu-Ey” and the main protagonist state Charis from “CAr(e)-iss” to “CHar-is” , Chisholm from the very correct "Chi-som(e)" to "Chis-HOME". He is also unable to shift his voice sufficiently to differentiate between characters and the chosen accents and voices are not consistent through the work. I wonder if the producer has also changed (or possibly dropped the ball) on this rendition?
Please bring back Charles Keating or Jason Culp!
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.