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Lowe

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  • How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (639)

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    William says: "Annoying Performance"
    "Weber delivers despite weak narration"
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    Book: How Firm a Foundation follows in Weber's tradition of detailed scenes and completeness of back-story. That makes for some very exhaustive descriptions, which can understandably cause some readers/listeners eyes to glaze over a bit. For myself, that richness of detail and insight to the thoughts and minds of the characters is a signature of Weber's writing; Safehold would not be the same without it. That being said, this is also a middle book in a series, and if realism demands a bit of 'hurry-up and wait', just as real life does, this book has more of the waiting.

    Production: When I heard to first words of the book read, I was wary of the new narrator, for good reason. With every reintroduction of a character from the previous books I am wracking my brain for alternative pronunciations to make the connection. None of the blame is to be laid at Keating's feet however; it is the responsibility of the producer to check pronunciation for consistency and correctness, not the performer. The producer continues to fall down on the job as Keating varies his pronunciations of names and places throughout the performance. While I do enjoy listening to Keating read, I believe he would be more well received in this series as a co-narrator, as he does not impart a unique voice to each of the large cast of characters, nor does he do justice to the depth of emotions expressed by those characters.

    Overall: I have enjoyed another tale of Safehold, but have been sorely disappointed in the production company: to change narrators, a second time; their choice of narrators for this production; the lack of attention to consistency throughout both the series and this installment.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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