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
"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)
I really liked Prince Roger and hoped this would be more in a similar vein, but no luck. I couldn't tolerate listening to the endless religious twaddle and frankly the middle ages just aren't that appealing. If you want that, you should listen to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I didn't listen to more than a couple of hours of this before I'd had enough. Also, the narrator has a sing-song voice that fails to emote any drama or inflection, and there are no voice characterizations just a straight reading of the text.
This was my first David Webber book and certainly will be last. The story is nothing but some Mix of Church Politics with history of Industrial Revolution with Some military strategies during world wars. All of these can be found on the net with little googling. Since this happens in the future in some other planet this has been classified as Sci-fi. Spare your credit or money. As some of the other reviewers are guessing, if there are any future parts to this book you don't need to look further just keep track of current news and thats what will be story of the future parts.
Very bad, Would not recommand to anybody. The only okay part of this listen is the reader even though he is not as good as George Guidall or Jim Dale, has tried to keep some pace to this boring listen.
This is meant to be the first of 3 books (I think I read it in EW). Weber is normally fast and 3 books turn into 5. I think his style and writing have improved since his "Honor" books.
I needed this! "Game of Thrones" meets "Altered Carbon". Bolts form a crossbow vs a Sword made with Battle Steel?? I'm about 1/4 way but I am hooked. Hope you like it as much as me!
only if they were an atheist. The plot is centered around a central idea of 'religion is bad'.
The story wraps the overall message is wrapped in an interesting story. And if you can get past that overall message, then you'll probably enjoy the book. Its just that the story itself is very anti-religion.
Far less useless 30,000 word monologues.
Sure, as long as the device I'm listening on has a fast forward.
Excellent voice characterization work.
When reading about the story it sounded great. But I couldn't get through it. It almost put me to sleep it was so slow. I love a little history, but this was way over the top. I couldn't get through the last chapter, I gave up.
I rarely cannot finish a book, but I truly could not listen to this. It started off a bit confusing so I listened to the first part of the book twice. This did clarify the story line. However I continued to find this boring. After the first two hours, I couldn't continue. Sorry, not enough to keep me interested.
Weber is as good as usual : a bit longish for me about ships and riffles on the one side, but complex, rich politics and characters.
I would like to insist here on the superb performance of Oliver Wyman. It felt like I was in the middle of it all. I'll look forward to other books he read.
If you like sci fi then you'll like the first five minutes of this book , if you like Kings,Bishops,Vicars and that boring stuff then you'll love the rest of this 30 hour book.
Don't waste your time or credits !
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