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  • Through Fiery Trials

  • Safehold, Book 10
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Oliver Wyman

  • By Ofer on 01-12-19

Turons of Tellsburg -J Davis' Fiery Trial

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

After Kevin T. Collins butchered every key pronunciation Midst Toil & Tribulation; I had to ponder if it was possible to do worse. Well, it is possible.

I don't understand it, Mr. Weber. Is it Mcmillan Audio that sticks you with a narrator like Collins or Davis? Is it ARROGANCE or IGNORANCE that gives us performances like these?

How hard would it be to insist a narrator listen to enough of Oliver Wyman's 5 narrations, Jason Culps 2, or even Charles Keating?
Collins was the worst up until now:
Nimue was NIM U AY
Merlin was Athraws not Ath thraw es.

Now Davis has Tell is burg as Tells burg and
Terran becomes TUR-ON :
Both of these say PIE KA instead of Peeca

I am a confirmed SAFEHOLD addict. I have the entire audio set on my FIRE tablet and the set has played through prior to every new release. I figure I've listened to most of the series 8 or 9 times. I truly enjoy and appreciate these incredibly dense and detailed works of art.

OLIVER WYMAN IS GREAT - Jason Culp is very fine - Charles Keating was not a problem - but hearing Collins and now Davis butcher key pronunciations is like fingernails on a blackboard.

I noticed Weber's note in my Honorverse Series concerning the pronunciations where he took the blame. I wonder how Weber or McMillian can put up with narrators who can't take the time to learn how to pronounce Narman, Charleyann, Nimue, Athrawes, Terran and Tellisburg?
Davis really butchers Twerio - PICA Nimue's chosen last name. THIS IS EMBARRASSING :oops:
I am certain I would not wish to offend Safehold audio listeners with butchered pronunciations. I cannot imagine the mindset of Collins or Davis. Is it arrogance or ignorance - The Wyman and Culp pronunciations are available in 7 40 hour novels. How hard would it be to get it right?

Who sits down to read a new addition to an established series without knowing how to pronounce the KEY NAMES?
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS INATTITION TO DETAIL Weber's work is too good to be butchered like this.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimatum

  • The Guardian, Book 1
  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rare Find

  • By Kimberley A. Heart on 07-03-17

LAME "thriller" ??? False advertising!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Would love to get into a face to face with the 5 star reviewers of this lame excuse for a "thriller".
This sappy sorry excuse for a story is a sad validation of the idea that women are incapable of success in this genre. First and last Karen Robards novel for this reader. There is nothing here! Absurd 'plot'; Maximum makeup and fashion detail. Reads like a Romance pulp piece filled with fluff and fury without a single redeeming quality!
The reviews and publisher summary claiming serious thriller quality are false advertising.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,035

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

love 💘 or hate?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

I lose time lost in the find narrative and then rise to find 3 to 5 complete chapters over hours passed with Kovth still seeking a shirt, shoes, a lute, paying gig or the girl Dena. The evidently superior mind is far too dim to realise the folly of baiting noble enemies and 2 hours 4 chapters later nothing has improved or changed. Still I am entranced with the voices and cannot turn it off.
So I can skip ahead and seem to have missed little of consequence. A frustrating mad experience that managed to spend more time in the telling than the doing ,but with a lyrical hypnotic style that imprisons the listener!

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Can This be the Fix for the End of Safehold?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

A similar plot device where the protagonist is dropped on a world with 1800's tech and culture from 'the future' - or this time on Earth? Check
An island threatened by an imperial invader from across the seas? check
There is no available PICA or advanced technology - not even a library that came with our naked hero left on an island beach here in Destiny's Crucible. No special powers save some nanotech injected into his body by those who transferred him from Earth to this different outpost of humans in far space.
Not a moment too soon it seems I've found what I require to replace my Safehold addiction and Book One is quite acceptable for that purpose.

  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Refreshing ratio of sci-fi to fantasy!

  • By Jordan on 08-01-17

Improving with Age and more story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

See Heavier Than a Mountain - review for more detail concerning the relationship between David Weber's Safehold Series and Destiny's Crucible.
Suffice it to say here that these comparable themes of a contemporary technical person deposited on a pre-industrial world circa USA 1800's are compelling for me and Olan Thorensen is doing an excellent job crafting his characters, their relationships, and the wonder of becoming an important being in an alien culture due to advanced knowledge. It's not all upside but that's what gives it a fine tension and some captivating suspense.

  • Heavier Than a Mountain

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 3
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767

A freak accident casts Joe Colsco naked onto another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life. But he has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had. The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Even Heavier to Read

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 10-15-17

Keeps Getting Better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

When David Weber's SAFEHOLD SERIES evidently ended with Book 9 I was left with a void having been hooked on Safehold for a decade. The pace of 2 years between some of the books was frustrating due to my affinity for the stories and the characters.
There is some similarity with Safehold and Destiny's Crucible. The protagonist is deposited on a world where the tech and culture are pre-industrial 1800's, giving our hero the ability to become a pivotal part of the somewhat alien community. The community here on Cadellium is threatened by an imperial force and the clans of the large island are used to fighting among themselves - not uniting to face a common threat.
Olan Thorensen does an excellent job of crafting characters and setting them in motion so I have waited since October when I finished Heavier Than a Mountain to get my audible copy of Forged in Fire - Book 4, and I can't wait to get started.
I liked the first book but not quite as much as Off Armageddon Reef - Safehold One. The second got better and by Book 3 I am well on my way to another addiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,167

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Is this a BRILLIANT FOOL?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

This begins as a brilliantly funny and most interesting story then is ruined by a stupidity that is actually offensive and demeaning to the reader. Nobody could possibly be as brilliant and ostensibly careful as Micajah Fenton and find himself and Lovely Pebble; in the fix they are in when he tests his machine. It's just too DUMB to suspend any disbelief and is totally unnecessary to the story.
Micajah Fenton seems to be of necessity patterned on the author. Jerry - Micajah postulates that; everyone has at one time fantasized about returning to relive his life with the knowledge of what is learned in this one intact.This is not true of course - I have asked this question of many family and friends and I alone among them have considered - fantasized - this possibility. In fact, I've written many personal accounts of what I would do if given that opportunity and shared the idea with a number of friends. Reflecting on Stephen Kings 11-22-63 and Lem Grimwood's REPLAY, I have long lamented the pitiful attempts made in those stories to stop the killing of JFK and I believe I know how to do that if ever given the opportunity in a replay; of my own. In fact, I assembled a detailed plan that includes the point in time I would like to re-enter my life (at the Colorado Boy Scout Jamboree Summer 1960 at 14 years of age).
Upon body death I postulate choice. And the thing is that most people don't have the slightest I idea what to choose given that possibility. They think HEAVEN without any conception of what Heaven would mean to them. I postulate that the infinite Universe of infinite branches of worlds in infinite dimensions so allowing any individual a replay of life is relatively simple since a duplicate world is not hard to realize - whether it is a virtual or actual reality.
I am offended when Micajah is written as too stupid to avoid the catastrophe that results from his wreckless initial manned test of the time glider. Jerry - Micajah please hear this now: No one who has actually thought about time travel to the extent required to go through 80 years and another 40 of a 2nd life bent on building a time machine to save his brother would be a dumb as this character. It is infuriating.
The only message the reader can come away with as A GIFT OF TIME ends is the failure of imagination of the author. Can we actually believe that 120 years of life leaves the protagonist incapable of comprehending the new reality and loving Lovely Pebble; without regard for her humanity The mistakes made are so obvious and absurd for a man who is fully aware of the danger of this machine falling into the wrong hands. This failure of imagination is the infuriating destruction of what could have been a brilliant work of science fiction. Jerry - Micajah goes from being an admirable character bent on saving a brother, a friend, and a mother to becoming a person deserving of contempt for his failure to realize any of his aims or to appreciate the gift of time.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Process

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jane Cramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

By day, Angie, a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is - another evil abuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great on Many Levels

  • By Carl on 07-20-16

Couldn't Turn it Off - Americanized Dragon Tattoo?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I've now heard 5 of the 6 offerings by this author and this may end up the most memorable.

At first, it was difficult to resolve the obvious brilliance of the main character with her complete blindness to human interactions. I thought a male author writing from the perspective of a female for the entire novel might be the problem. I'm pretty dense when it comes to women I think, and I ended up with great respect for Mr. Hertling's ability to get into the emotional heart and headspace of an abused hacker in a man's world. I began to draw parallels with Lizbeth Salander although this woman is mid 40's working for a Facebook analog.
If you're interested in how government security agencies intersect with Facebook, Google, Apple, Verizon, etc and how the social networks engineer you to the benefit of the capitalistic system of the wheel of labor for consumption with increasing fine tuning of what appears on your computer screen, this is great stuff. I'm a Facebook user who knows the invasive use of the platform is obvious and dangerous - but I accept it as inevitable. Snowden was right.

I have no idea how to code and I have incredible respect for those who do. If I had another shot at the game of life I would have dedicated myself to coding & computers. In hindsight that's an intersection of passion and purpose that would have suited me even as a 70 something.
The details in the coding sections are both detailed and interesting for me - although they seem to have diminished the enjoyment of several reviewers. But this is a THRILLER, and the interplay of real danger amped up by evident abused victim paranoia (it's not paranoia if they are truly watching) is very well written and kept me awake far into the wee hours.

  • Amped

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combination Sci-fi thriller...

  • By Charlie on 12-20-14

Uneven fascination -

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Choppy staccato narration - prompted by writing of a similar nature, mars a stellar near-future imagining. DNA engineering in a pill offering short duration ultra-brilliance with side effects of megalomaniac psychopathy takes the reader on a thrill ride - but a rough one. The style is more brutal than the subject matter since the dialogue and descriptive structure is all short burst, rapid-fire as if written by a machine gun. This isn't the sole fascinating premise for me in the Richard's arsenal so I am going in again hoping for a maturation in his story telling that includes a more mellow prose with something advanced from 6 to 10 word sentences and darts for words. Try a few 3 syllable words in a complex sentence - just once in awhile man. Your imagination deserves it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,812

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Excellent set up for a long future series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Aside from a bit too much detail this book has left me wishing for a sequel now. Very interested in seeing what happens to the TRIBE in their new island home.

The Tribe's composition and how it got there is a series of good stories. The cast has been developed and the elements required to survive and thrive have come together. Medical expertise? Check Vet? check - Pilot? check and a genius 13 year old with mad analytical chops? check. Lots of youngsters who need to grow and multiply - This is all set up for continued exploration. The stage is set so lets get to it