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By Schism Rent Asunder Audiobook

By Schism Rent Asunder: Safehold Series, Book 2

The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.
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The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them. Despite the implacable hostility of the Church of God Awaiting, Charis still stands, still free, still tolerant, still an island of innovation in a world in which the Church has worked for centuries to keep humanity locked at a medieval level of existence.

But the powerful men who run the Church aren't going to take their defeat lying down. Charis may control the world's seas, but it barely has an army worthy of the name. And as King Cayleb knows, far too much of the kingdom's recent good fortune is due to the secret manipulations of the being that calls himself Merlin - a being that, the world must not find out too soon, is more than human. A being whose very existence is the result of a centuries-ago final desperate roll of the dice. A being on whose shoulders rests the last chance for humanity's freedom.

Now, as Charis and its archbishop make the rift with Mother Church explicit, the storm gathers. Schism has come to the world of Safehold. Nothing will ever be the same.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2008 David Weber; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    "the slow but steady march to war."

    The long steady march to war. It can't keep coming up roses for the Empire sadly. looking forward to the next one.

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    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 05-28-15
    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.

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    "A fantastic continuation"

    I love the mix of religious turmoil, technological innovation and political intrigue. I also love a epic and this certainly fits that mold.

    I've not checked if this series pre or post dates the honor series but in either case I love the fact that there are so many nods to character and places in this universe.

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    Cameron Stewart United States 05-20-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Breathtakingly brilliant."

    This is the second time round for me with this book. First time I read it, this time I'm listening to it. I can only say that some things do get better the second time around, much better. How something that was already a perfect story can become so much better than perfect is of course in the telling. The narrator has caught the mood of the book series absolutely perfectly.

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    Jon 04-09-15
    Jon 04-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but preachy"

    Too heavy with the religious nonsense for me, though since the premise is a global church I guess a more realistic atheist view from the main character was too much to hope for...

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    Jake Dembeck 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    This book was really disappointing. Like the first book there is a lot of the author telling us what is going on instead of him showing us. Some parts come across as a boring history book being dictated to you. There is also an awful lot of conversations that are really long without saying much. Overall this book is full of fluff and no a whole lot story advancement. I like the Action writing, there just isn’t enough of it. I enjoyed the end of the first book even though I wasn’t a fan of it as a whole. So I gave this book a try and it’s the last in the series I will listen too. I like the story and the premise, the books are just not written well enough, and move way to slow. I probably won't be reading anymore David Webber either.

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    Andreas 04-02-15
    Andreas 04-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant as always by Weber"

    Weber is my favorite sci-fi author. His worlds are staggeringly well crafted, consistent and alive. Safehold is no exception!

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    Steven 03-02-15
    Steven 03-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"

    Awesome story. Great character development and depth of writing. Just wish that they spent the time to research how to pronounce the names correctly. Can't wait for the next book! Love this series.

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    Kindle Customer 02-14-15

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    "Tough but essential read (listen)"

    There's a lot of needed setup information for the series in this book yet I still found it very rewarding. There may be few "battles" if you like that kind of thing, but there is a lot of relationship building--a marriage, relationship changes to support a new cause and a stronger empire. Intelligent group, with the invitation of the offer to join in on the logic and prep for the future. Skip it if you wish but you'll find yourself wishing for the continuity as you enjoy the rest of the series.

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    Greg 02-08-14
    Greg 02-08-14
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    "Can be completely skipped"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Removal of the 20 hours of wordy filler.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Told an actual story.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    More excellent voice characterization.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Really hard to keep paying attention to characters who like to hear themselves talk but say nothing.


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    Jim 11-02-13
    Jim 11-02-13
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    "The depth and expanse of this series is impressive"
    What made the experience of listening to By Schism Rent Asunder the most enjoyable?

    I have enjoyed the storyline from the beginning. I especially like the authors attempt to balance the technology and stay one step a head.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this is one of the narrators better presentations.Much better that Kevin Collins.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is much too detailed and in-depth for a single sitting.


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