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Off Armageddon Reef Audiobook

Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

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.
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff United States 01-29-14
    Jeff United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 09-13-13
    Chad Vancouver, WA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Not for me."
    Would you listen to Off Armageddon Reef again? Why?

    No. To much space and navel battle. I can go for a good battle. I just shorten them up or space them apart more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nimue of course. Main android/humanish guy. If David would have drove for a more character driving book vs a space/naval battle book I think this book would have been epic. His character development is great, there was just not enough of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I dont remember the navel battles were so long I forgot.


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

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like ships go for it. space and navel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mac Harris Covington, GA USA 08-29-13
    Mac Harris Covington, GA USA 08-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Overuse of the word "chuckle" is distracting"

    Let me begin by saying I enjoyed the book. I had read the 1st 3 books of the Safehold series and wanted to go back and go through the entire series in audio format. The story is just as good as I remembered it being, and the narration is good.

    Here is my comment to Mr. Weber - chortles, laughs, smiles, snickers, cackles, crows, exults, guffaws, hee-haws, sniggers, titters, sniggles and teehee are also acceptable forms of laughter. One can laugh uproariously, gleefully or mirthfully. There are a tremendous number of different ways that people can respond other than by "chuckling." I did not notice the pattern until partway through Armageddon Reef. When I started reading Book 2, I did so with a certain amount of trepidation that the pattern would be continued. Sure enough, it has. By midway through Book 2 I find myself groaning audibly when someone inevitably "chuckles" - memorably twice in the same paragraph at one place.

    My advice to those of you who find yourself becoming fixated on listening for the next instance of "chuckle" in the narration - Instead of being put off by it, embrace it. Treat it like a drinking game. It is almost Pavlovian for me now. Chuckle, groan, chuckle, groan.

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    Ben C. AR, USA 08-18-12
    Ben C. AR, USA 08-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does Off Armageddon Reef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    His delivery of the lines.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    pirates of the carribean meets martin luther


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myk Canberra, Australia 07-08-12
    Myk Canberra, Australia 07-08-12
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    "Preliminary gripe"

    I'm still in the early stages of this book, and there's one thing that's constantly irritating; the pronunciation of words.

    "Nimue" is pronounced NIM-way, not ni-MOO!
    There are others that leap out at me from time to time. Why don't readers spend some time checking the pronunciation of unfamiliar names and words?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MikeThinks 06-05-12
    MikeThinks 06-05-12
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    "Like listening to a poorly written history book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book starts out alright, and while not an amazing beginning, I did find the first hour entertaining and interesting. After that however, the story quickly devolves into bland rhetoric, and enough characters to have me wanting a program to keep track of who was part of which faction. The problem is you have no feeling of connection or any kind of emotional equity in characters that blather on and on in some of the most forgettable and uninspiring political stories I've ever been exposed too. Just when you feel like there is too much dialog, the exposition starts....and it goes on and on telling me why I should care about this house and that land and the other far off island. I just couldn't get into this story at all. Everything felt like 2 day old soda, flat and unappealing.

    If you are into stories about political infighting, maneuvering, and social policy repercussions, maybe you will enjoy this book. I found there was just too much potatoes and not enough meat.


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    Dustin Crow Conway, AR, US 05-11-12
    Dustin Crow Conway, AR, US 05-11-12
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    "The Start of a Grand New Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is one of Weber's best. It plays into his strengths, great female lead, interesting and real characters, and Men of Iron and the Sailing Age. This book works its way from the future of humanity, to a time where all technology is forbidden, and innovation stagnant, and makes you hope along with the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off Armageddon Reef?

    The fall of humanity was especially poignant. Coming from the Honor Harrington series, to here, where humanity has the same advanced culture, only to watch it be crushed by an unstoppable horde of alien is horrendous.


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

    Wyman's voice when he does each of the characters helps you feel their emotion; their struggles.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end of the book there is a moving scene featuring the death of an important character, it really sets the tone for the seriousness of the entire conflict.


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    Scott 05-10-12
    Scott 05-10-12

    Great Scott!

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    "A little slow at first but worth it in the end"

    This book has a lot of political talk, but delivers a scifi set in a future time on a human colony planet with a feudal political system and technology to match. The narration was really good. It added to the story without bringing attention to itself; which should be the goal of every narrator. I was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series until I realized that every book in the rest of the series costs 2 credits. The first book is one credit to draw you in; then the rest are 2 credits. Bad form Audible; Bad Form! It's a shame. I was about to cancel my membership because I couldn't find anything to spend my credits on. When I found this I thought I would be around at least long enough to finish the series, but these books aren't really worth 2 credits, and podcasts are free.

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