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How Firm a Foundation Audiobook

How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5

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.
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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.

For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own 15 to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?

Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one… quickly. The Inquisition’s brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire’s subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet 11 years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting’s city of Zion.

The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2011 David Weber (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Kathleen 03-25-14
    Kathleen 03-25-14

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    THE NARRATOR!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Keating’s performances?

    Great accent. Nice voice. Big "s" issue. Every "s" was disturbing.

    This was nothing more than a reading of the book. No acting. No attempts to develop character voices.

    Sorry. Boring.


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    Edward St. Petersburg, FL, United States 11-21-13
    Edward St. Petersburg, FL, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    I believe that story tellers HAS an effect on a book Especially series,and ones as healthy as this one. It somehow changes something.

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    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 10-23-13
    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Crap reader, acceptable story"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Charles Keating?

    Weber yes; Keating, NO not ever.


    What didn’t you like about Charles Keating’s performance?

    He has a new pronunciation for every name and tile. Didn't he bother listening to the anything in the previous four books.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Continuation of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Will force me to go back to printed word.

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    James MARIANNA, FL, United States 06-27-13
    James MARIANNA, FL, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Really bad narrator"
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    The narrator made this book really really hard to listen to. Everyone sounds like old men, please never let this guy narrate another book. Save your self and go buy the book

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    Alex 05-25-13
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The narrator is OK. The story is still interesting. I like it.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Dunno =)


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yep


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing really bad.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    No

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    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 05-21-13
    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Oliver Wyman and Jason Culp did an excellent job with the first four books. This narrator however is terrible, it is absolutely horrible to listen to, he puts you to sleep. What a mistake it was changing narrators.


    Would you recommend How Firm a Foundation to your friends? Why or why not?

    No Narration is terrible!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Keating’s performances?

    No never!


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    "Stop changing narrators!"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Charles Keating?

    It's very unsettling to find have changes in narrator and character accents, and took me a while to get used to. If they change to yet another narrator, I won't be bothering to buy any more of this series!


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    steven sparks, NV, United States 11-30-12
    steven sparks, NV, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "annoying sound effects"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not really the story was ok but not good enough to recommend to a friend. especially with the sound effects they just detracted from the story.


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    I listened to all the books in this series and liked the stories.I was annoyed with the sound effects and the fact that the same person did not read the entire series.

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    John bakersfield, CA, United States 10-06-12
    John bakersfield, CA, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    Good story but narrater Keating made ever one sound the same and old. The good news is the next book is only one credit!

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    Robert Cameron, NC, United States 03-16-12
    Robert Cameron, NC, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Story Good, narration is Terrible!"

    I feel like im watching the federal government try to produce audiobooks, seriously the narration and continual switching of who's doing it is THAT BAD!!!

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