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Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1 | [David Weber]

Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.
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Publisher's Summary

Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

©1995 David M. Weber (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Weber builds [worlds] with a nice eye for detail, above-average knowledge of history, and a pleasing amount of wit." (Booklist)

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    Per 04-16-15
    Per 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mediocre classic fantasy"

    A black and white classic villain and hero, a linear and predictable storyline and unremarkable characters in a yarn that is at times amusing but mostly tedious.

    The reading style is very dramatic yet superbly executed, with an attention to detail that is commendable. The reader pulls the experience up considerably, which is why I rate this audiobook as mediocre rather than just plain bad. An excellent performance by the reader.

    Cannot reccomend the book, it is neither clever, amusing nor innovative enough for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florida 02-23-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 02-23-15 Member Since 2012

    SV Wings of the Dawn

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    "Too Animated"

    The performer is a poor reader. He is over working his voice trying to make the story exciting where it is supposed to be a normal voice. The names of the characters are difficult as so many sound nearly the same.

    There is too much history alluded to that presupposes the listener has read a previously published serial, but there is none. Otherwise it seams that the book was written overnight without the use of a HUMAN editor. But then that seems to be the case with most modern tomes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 02-11-15
    Alexis SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Simplistic, one dimensional story that is just ok"

    Ok to listen to, but I would not recommend it. Every character is one dimensional - either 100% good or 100% evil. Got tired fast. The world the author created was interesting, so a star for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sullivan Denver, CO 02-09-15
    Jason Sullivan Denver, CO 02-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Life in his Love

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    "Well worth the price."
    Would you listen to Oath of Swords again? Why?

    Give it a go, if you like fantasy well written this book is for you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Rygaard Jensen Toelloese, Denmark 03-31-13
    Brian Rygaard Jensen Toelloese, Denmark 03-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring, and the characters were too much"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no clue who would enjoy this more than me. The characters were real annoying, and the story was WAY too long.


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

    When reading the book, I kept feeling that the main characters were just not believable. The way the dialogue was build just annoyed me greatly. I had no feeling or sympathy for the heroes, and the villains were stupid and never really a threat - they were just there.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    When trying to do the Hradani voices he made them sound stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my kind of book, and I doubt I will read any David Weber again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Monroe, WA, United States 08-14-12
    Sandra Monroe, WA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyed it so much I purchased the other 3 books"

    The book was totally enjoyable. The plot was far fetched and this disassociation with the "real" world made it prime entertainment.

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    Benjamin 06-15-12
    Benjamin 06-15-12

    B. Moore

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    "Good in parts,but not as good as his later books."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Grew tired of it quickly, glad it was not my introduction to David Webber as Oath of Swords would have put me off his later and much better books.


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    r. 04-08-12
    r. 04-08-12
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    "I grew bored with it."

    This book started out very well. I was interested. There are some interesting parts but I don't think I will listen to the others. too bad.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 02-15-14
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Caution - Unfinished Series"

    It's now going on 2 years and the story is left hanging with book 4. Meanwhile, the author churns out new stuff or un-serialized books in other series. Apparently, getting to book 4 took from 1995-2012. As much as I like this series, I'd recommend skipping it as the author apparently has no regard for readers if he thinks 20 years for a fantasy series is reasonable.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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