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How Firm a Foundation: Safehold Series, Book 5 | [David Weber]

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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    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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    "Narrator destroyed story"
    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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    Amazon Customer 03-01-13 Member Since 2010
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    "Narater made every one sound old"

    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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    Joseph Moorpark, Ca, United States 01-14-12
    Joseph Moorpark, Ca, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator needs a new line of work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes its a great story


    What other book might you compare How Firm a Foundation to and why?

    1632, both have a modern or futuristic character that interacts with a more technological primitive society.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator needs to learn how to adjust his voice so you can differentiate between the characters. I had trouble even when a woman was supposedly speaking. The narrators infliction needs work. Sad happy and excited, just about al of the emotions sounded the same.


    Was How Firm a Foundation worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story was good enough to compensate for the horrible narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless the story this narrator is reading is a book where only men speak and its in Britain think twice before you buy and listen to it.

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    John R. Sanders San Ramon, CA United States 01-09-12
    John R. Sanders San Ramon, CA United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Narrator Was TERRIBLE!!!"
    What would have made How Firm a Foundation better?

    Correct pronunciation of the people's names and places in the prior four books


    What was most disappointing about David Weber???s story?

    Slow very slow


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Keating?

    Anyone


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

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    .

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    Amazon Customer 12-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "My Favorite Series"
    What made the experience of listening to How Firm a Foundation the most enjoyable?

    This is my favorite Sci-Fi serial that I am currently involved in. Waiting impatiently for the next in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Charles Keating is a skilled performer but not for this series. Recommend returning to a narrator in an earlier serial.


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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 11-28-11
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 11-28-11 Member Since 2015

    Open up your eyes young one

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    "Love the story but find myself conflicted"

    I have been listening to this series since it first came out. I love the characters and the story. The only problem I have is the change in narrators. The first change was ok as I took it as the new narrator added a little aging to the characters. The last change to Charles Keating has only made it difficult for me to listen. I have enjoyed the other narrarators giving distinct and individual voices to the characters of the story and made it much easier to follow along. Dont get me wrong I love listening to Charles Keating but in this capacity I am having a hard time following. I will not give up on this audiobook but I feel that it is important to stick with a single narrarator for an entire series. Changing them only makes it much harder to follow the individual characters of the story and in this story it is exceptionally important to be able to follow each of them. My hats off to the producers but please hear what I have to say!

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    Peggy 11-07-11
    Peggy 11-07-11 Member Since 2010

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    Don't care for the narrator for this book. I really enjoyed the previous 4 books in the series and I guess I have grown to expect that same narrator. Mr. Keating just doesn't seem into the story and I felt bored by his lack of feeling. Love the story though. Another great one for David Weber.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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