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By Heresies Distressed Audiobook

By Heresies Distressed: Safehold Series, Book 3

Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.
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Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom. Crowned Empress of that empire, Sharleyan has found in Cayleb's arms the love she never dared hope for in a "marriage of state."

In Cayleb's cause, his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern mother Church, she has found the task to which she can commit her mind and her courage. It is a cause for which she was born. Yet there are things Sharleyan still does not know. Secrets Cayleb has not been permitted to share, even with her. Secrets like the true story of humanity on Safehold. Like the intricate web of lies, deception, and fabricated "religion" which have chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the genocidal alien Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind's destruction should humans ever attract their attention once more. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the android body of the warrior-monk she knows as Merlin. And so Empress Sharleyan faces the the great challenge of her life unaware of all that task truly entails...or of how the secrets the man who loves her cannot share may threaten all they have achieved between them... and her own life.

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©2009 David Weber; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The personalities and motivations of the numerous characters are particularly well drawn and credible, and Weber makes grand strategies and political machinations easily accessible to casual readers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mike Anderson 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great novel love the series. Like the character development, the story is very unique, wish there was just one narrator but the narration is not bad at all.

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    B. Bahr 03-23-15
    B. Bahr 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great series, good book, horrible reading"

    The book is a good follow-up. The narration is absolutely horrid after the first books.

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    eric 01-17-15
    eric 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging"

    Weber developed characters you want to follow
    the worlds he creates are worth exploring.
    Taking a long drive get this series

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    Douglas 11-16-14
    Douglas 11-16-14
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    "Please God, Try to Forgive the Narrator"

    I love David Weber and this series specially. I can't imagine the amount of research done to present such detail in so many areas and I would really like to see by what magic Weber is able to keep all the characters and relationships so clear. However, going from the second book to the third the narrator, Jason Culp, is completely unable to follow the previous narrator who did a great job. In the last book an important secondary character had a very strong almost Irish accent and in this book the primary character has the accent and a couple of characters sound like vampires. I think Culp should have read the previous books so he could have maintained some even little bit of continuity.

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    Teri Emmett, ID, United States 03-25-14
    Teri Emmett, ID, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Jason Culp?

    Writer uses the same phrases so often it starts to get annoying. The change of narrator was also irksom as the whole dialect changed and Merlin's voice changes through out the performance being deep and smooth, then higher and less remarkable, it confused me more than once.I like the bed rock of the story, but the writer fell into too many standard writing traps...the editor should be shot


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    Kathleen 03-17-14
    Kathleen 03-17-14

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    "Oliver Wyman vs Jason Culp. Sorry Jason."
    Would you listen to By Heresies Distressed again? Why?

    Not until it's re-recorded (if ever!) by Oliver Wyman.


    What three words best describe Jason Culp’s voice?

    He's a good reader but not as good as Oliver Wyman. Can't stand the accent he chose for Caleb, a poor Scottish Burr that make the Emperor sound unintelligent.


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    Amazon Customer NICEVILLE, FL, United States 02-05-14
    Amazon Customer NICEVILLE, FL, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A jarring change, but a great book"
    Any additional comments?

    Changing the narrator (which is prevalent in this series unfortunately,) is rather jarring.

    Characters with little\no accent now have a Scottish touch, others gain french touches... it is rather confusing.

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    Alexei playa de las Americas, MS, United States 10-11-13
    Alexei playa de las Americas, MS, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a fantastic book."
    What made the experience of listening to By Heresies Distressed the most enjoyable?

    Astonishing performance let you emerge your self with into the play and become one of the characters known as Merlin.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By Heresies Distressed?

    The revelation of the big lie and the outcome of the religious rules


    What about Jason Culp’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic narration. Superb diction , just outstanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The meeting with the king for the first time and ability to explain without appearing to be a daemon


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this entire series

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    Jim 10-02-13
    Jim 10-02-13
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    "Didn't want to take off my headphones..."
    Where does By Heresies Distressed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as one of my favorite audiobooks.


    What does Jason Culp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think his delivery is excellent and he carries the characters much better by virtue of his grasp of the Queens English..


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    David Hannibal, MO, United States 08-01-13
    David Hannibal, MO, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story, disappointing Narrator"
    What did you love best about By Heresies Distressed?

    The storyline is very good, nice continuation of the first two books.


    What aspect of Jason Culp’s performance would you have changed?

    Although he did a good job overall, it took me almost five hours to stop flinching everytime he started voicing a character that I had a certain voice for from the previous books' narrator in mind. He obviously didn't even try and base his voicing on those of the previous narrator and it was just jarring.


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