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Off Armageddon Reef Audiobook

Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Humanity is in hiding. Invention, progress, change... all are forbidden. Now it's time to change all that. The science-fiction epic of the decade begins here.

When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

Eight centuries later, a commander from that Expedition, Nimue Alban, woke up in a cave on a planet called Safehold. She was surprised to discover that the fanatic administrators of Operation Ark had used mind-control techniques to create a false, brutally suppressive religion whose entire purpose was to forbid invention and innovation forever.

But a tiny fraction within Operation Ark's leadership remembered the truth and believed in human dignity and freedom. They've given Nimue Alban a carefully hidden cache of technology and the capabilities of the android body in which her memories, loves, hopes, and dreams live on. Now it's her job to somehow provoke the technological progress and freedom of thought and belief that the Church of God Awaiting has worked centuries to crush.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2007 David Weber (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cheryl 02-10-15
    Cheryl 02-10-15

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    "DOA: Men pretending to be Gods is a show stopper"

    Maybe the plot evolves past the men pretending to be Gods and manipulating the brain washed people in the beginning of the book but its a show stopper for me. I also tried David Weber's "A Beautiful Friendship" and shelved it before chapter 3.
    I think David Weber is joining Veronica Roth and Diana Gabaldon on the don't bother list.

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    HansG 02-08-15
    HansG 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wooden Ships & Androids"

    I've been a big fan of David Weber's writing for years, and this book fulfills my every expectation. The story was excellent and engaging. The vocal performance was outstanding, giving each if at least a score of majir characters easily identifiable voices and accents.
    I can't wait to dive into the next volume.

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    Ken 01-27-15
    Ken 01-27-15
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    "If you like waiting through political mud at a sna"
    What did you like best about Off Armageddon Reef? What did you like least?

    Great story ideal!


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

    Get to the point!! I know some readers love a sec by second detail of everything that is going on, but I like a fast pace.


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    Timothy M. Vann 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but Tedious"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Probably not.


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

    Oliver Wyman does an excellent job narrating. You can usually tell who is speaking in the story just by listening to Oliver's voice. He gives each character its own believable voice and accent.


    Was Off Armageddon Reef worth the listening time?

    Just barley for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting concept and story. The problem is that Webber goes into excruciating detail about reinventing old earth technology and also about the various political factions. If you love Political intrigue and you love detailed conversations about 18th century technology then this book is for you. For me the story develops too slowly and the action is buried in too many hours of listening to spies and nobles talking about other spies and nobles. I even enjoy learning about the technology they are developing, once. But then Webber will discuss that same technology with 3 different characters. I understand the reason for this, but I still find it tedious.

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    Fathas Houston, TX USA 12-11-14
    Fathas Houston, TX USA 12-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting premise with good execution"
    If you could sum up Off Armageddon Reef in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting False Genesis


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

    Diverse and interesting character voices. This makes it easy to tell characters apart.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked David Weber's worldbuilding in this series and how he set up the scenario. I find stories where humanity actually loses the big battle interesting so to have a series start right after these events is great. The steps the protagonist takes to adjust to and influence a late middle ages society is well done.

    Weber tends to describe political intrigue and military science in detail so this may bore some. Unfortunately his characters in this series, like other series of his, have very black and white personalities.

    This book has good pacing and you can tell is aimed at setting up the story for future entries. Weber does this very well.

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    Ron 05-31-14
    Ron 05-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected, but in a very good way."
    Where does Off Armageddon Reef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine waking up in a world where advances in technology, science, and economics have been suppressed in a manner that leaves everyone in this world ignorant of the fact that these things are being suppressed or even exist. In addition, the people in this world are decedents of people you once knew or worked with; people who existed at the zenith human technological and scientific advancement. People who built advance computers and spaceships. Furthermore you find that your own tenuous religious beliefs have been high-jacked while you were "asleep" and twisted to keep the people in this world under control and not advancing. You are able to reintroduce the knowledge of centuries of technological, economical, and scientific advancements. What would you do knowing that there is a great unknown threat these people need to start preparing to face? What would you do if there were safeguards put in place within the altered religion to make sure that if you did step forward with everything, people would view you as evil and bent on destroying their world?


    This book series is well written and a great read. It is fascinating to see how things we take for granted like the "0" in our numbering system could radically change a world if it was suddenly introduce to intelligent people who just did not know about it and who used a roman numerical numbering system instead.

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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 05-01-14
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Started with a Bang and ended with a HUGE THUD"
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    This book was just boring. It started out really well and interesting but went no-where. Very long and drawnout plbots that were basically thwarted very quickly. a big let down. I heard the rest ofthe series was exactly the same but no cool begining just lame attempt at re-writing Merlin stories...

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    David L Horwitz Dallastown, PA, United States 03-24-14
    David L Horwitz Dallastown, PA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the story"
    Would you listen to Off Armageddon Reef again? Why?

    Can't wait for book 2 next month. I hope it's a good a story as this one was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The link between the church and it's teachings. What is real and what is made up to keep people in line.


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

    No


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    Jim 02-08-14
    Jim 02-08-14
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    "Up all night with one!"
    Would you listen to Off Armageddon Reef again? Why?

    I would and have. This is really a gripping story line with an expansive and complex set of characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    OWL. It is just funny that as a computer with all the answers Merlin has to pry the answers out of him. The interchange between the two and Merlin's exasperation reminds me of dealing with teenagers. I just have to laugh.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The death of the King and his defense by an extremely young midshipman Hector Aplin during the battle.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction except great enjoyment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    David Weber is one of my favorite authors with his Honor Harrington Series. The Safehold Series has quickly become another favorite.

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    Jeff United States 01-29-14
    Jeff United States 01-29-14
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    "Truly great book.. but READ IT - don't LISTEN!"

    This is really a great series. But Please don't waste your time on this as an audible listen.

    While the story is excellent, the narrator changes to someone new in book 3, again in book 5, and again .. and again.. and each narrator doesn't even bother to TRY to pickup the same accents, or even pronounce the words the same as the first one. No two books are alike as you listen..

    I gave up after I heard the first 30 minutes of book 5 (or was it 6?) and couldn't take it any more. It ruined a great story for me.

    If you're the kind of person who doesn't mind having the names of countries pronounced differently between books, characters who at one point have Irish accents in book 1, move to British in book 3 and Midwestern in book 5.. or "manly" characters suddenly sounding falsetto and effeminate and who's inflections entirely change as you move between books - go ahead, this is a great series.

    If you DO mind that - go pickup the Kindle or paperback versions instead.

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