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A Mighty Fortress Audiobook

A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4

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Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church’s entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path.But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan’s adviser, friend, and guardian— the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race’s death sentence if it is allowed to stand.The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Pam 07-10-10
    Pam 07-10-10
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    "Very Drawn Out"

    I got this becasue I thought it was worth continuing the series, just to see what happens. But not much happens.

    If the parts of the earlier books that really interested you were:

    1) The bad guys talking
    2) The fact that the bad guys can't see the snarks
    3) Recieving reports of the bad guys talking
    4) What each individual good character thought of the bad guys talking
    5) What the good guys say to each other about what they already thought about what the bad guys said
    6) What they all think about what each other said
    7) Discussing the most obvious response
    8) Finally doing what they already discussed ad nausium
    9) "To be honest"
    10) What adversaries are standing around thinking just before the moment they die
    11) The details of artillery
    12) The details of sails, riggings and hulls
    13) The 6-8 hour naval battles

    ... Well, if those are the parts you like, you'll like this. If you like the other parts of the actual story, you'll find bits and pieces scattered around occasionally.

    Sorry I can't reccomend it more highly. It was tough to get through, yet, I suppose it was interesting as a whole.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Marietta, GA, USA 06-09-10
    Clayton Marietta, GA, USA 06-09-10
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    "Not Weber's Best Work"

    I don't customarily write reviews, but I feel compelled to do so this time. This is far, far below Weber's normally outstanding work.

    The characters spend way more time thinking, and far less time doing. The action scenes are pretty much non-existent. I'm not drawn in by the political side of Weber's works, but they are usually well balanced by scenes that move the plot forward or provide for some intense action. I can't remember more than about an hour of action within the entire 35+ hours.

    In the end, this book is NOT worth the 2 credits. My recommendation is to hold off on picking this book up until/if the next book in the series arrives and you can see if that one improves. If the next book is better, you might just want to find an abridged version of this one or read a plot summary.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    David 06-05-10
    David 06-05-10
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    "Too much blah blah blah"

    I really, really wanted to like this book, as I have been enjoying the series so far, and I like David Weber's work.

    This book felt cobbled together from bursts of writing to an outline. Very repetitive descriptions, multiple times, of events from previous books (a simple prologue would be cleaner). A tiresome amount of weepy sentimentality over casualties in the warfare segment. Way too many characters with dialogue for exposition rather than action. When the action finally, finally happens... in the last 30 minutes... it is sketched over hastily with the emphasis on how tragic it all is.

    Also, irritating amounts of errors in the sea battles where the Charisian ships are referred to as Doloran.

    Really, it felt like the editors were in Tahiti on this one. A third of a book stretched out to 3 books length.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gerco 05-19-10
    Gerco 05-19-10
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    "A very long story of absolutely nothing"

    Almost nothing at all happens in this book for very long times. It really looks like Weber has been deliberately stretching out the sentences and scenes only to make the book longer. Most of the very, very, elaborate descriptions of scenes and ponderings add almost nothing to the story as a whole.

    I was slightly put off by the fact that this book was 2 credits instead of the regular one credit but decided to get it anyway because I previously enjoyed the authors work very much. I regret to have to write that this book wasn't worth the 2 credits I payed by a long shot.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan 12-18-12
    ShySusan 12-18-12
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    "Worst book in the series so far."

    I have read all the books in this series. Lately, I was remembering some of my favorite scenes from the first book, so I started listening to the series again from the beginning. When I reread the books in this series, I skip all the long, boring, depressing scenes with the vile leaders of the church in the Temple Lands. In fact, I've started keeping a document indicating the hour and minute that a scene starts that I want to skip, and the hour and minute of where to fast forward to to begin listening again.

    So anyway, I relistened to the first three books in this series, and then I started this one. I was probably an hour in and absolutely nothing interesting had happened. At that point I remembered that when I listened to this book the first time through, somehow two of the parts got put on my iPod in the wrong order, and I listened to about four hours of the wrong part before I finally figured out that I had skipped 6 or 7 hours of this book without noticing a thing. That's how vague and meandering this book was.

    So I thought, even though this book isn't the greatest, there must be a few scenes I'd like to listen to, but I couldn't remember any. I went to the Safehold Wiki to read through the plot synopsis there to remind me so I could search for any scenes I might want to listen to, and guess what....there weren't any. Not one scene in the whole 35-hour book I wanted to read again.

    So, what do I tell you? I really like most of the first three books. I highly recommend the first one even if you don't plan to read the whole series. This book seems (so far) to be the nadir. The two books that come after this one are better (though I do have my problems with both of them). So I would recommend the first book in the series highly. If you like it, go on the second and third books. Then consider at that point what you want to do. If you REALLY liked the earlier books, maybe you want to get this one just so you will know what is happening. OR you may want to read a good synopsis of it on Safehold Wiki or somewhere else and move on to "How Firm a Foundation".

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Padre Mulcahy 09-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Long Story, Very Little Happens"

    Seemingly endless descriptions of naval action does little to advance the plot. Perhaps if I knew, or cared, what topsills are, I could garner a little more enthusiasm?

    I feel like this and the last book are just so much filler. I can hear a Monty Pythonesque chorus of "get on with it!" I'm really struggling to maintain interest in the series.

    Weber has created a great idea, with a likeable array of characters, but seems to be squandering it on pointless minutiae.

    I am really starting to wonder if he is being paid by the word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel Perkins 06-24-15
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    "Incredibly dull slog"

    At least half of this book is focused with minute and boring detail on the Temple Lands. I miss Oliver Wyman's performance. Just crank the play speed to 2x through non-Merlin chapters or skip them altogether. You will get the summary when the main characters talk about what happens. I enjoyed how this series started and I like the premise, but right now it is a mind numbing trudge through story lines that hold zero interest to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenyon 03-02-15
    Kenyon 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Action?"

    Where's the plot? Where's the action. I am stuck with the series after over 100 hours. However, this was 40+hours of character building. Painful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Albert V King III 01-15-15
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    "Just OK"

    The book was OK, a lot of background detail and not much progress in the overall story.

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    Hays M. 01-06-15
    Hays M. 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow... best one so far!"
    What does Jason Culp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Took me a while to get used to Culp's characterizations... but I like them now. They feel natural.


    Any additional comments?

    With so many bad reviews complaining that this one is slow and plodding, I was expecting to be disappointed. Instead, I find this one the best book so far. Perhaps all those bad reviewers were looking for more of an action novel, but the depth of intrigue and complex interdependencies make this one *very* engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story, miss the old narrator"

    A fine addition to the series, and finally getting used to the new narrators style, but miss the old ones range

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Mitchell
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    2/16/15
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    "Too much detail not enough story"
    Would you listen to A Mighty Fortress again? Why?

    not sure, Weber loves to lose himself in the detail, but sometimes, that can be too much when he starts hamming up the 'drama' scenes with endless repetitions of why the seijin does this, and why the emperor does that and how it breaks their hearts to do it. WE KNOW ALREADY!!!!!! Please, less of the over and over again and more STORY.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's a few, but I also get fed up with them sometimes, because Weber went overboard with the repeat of why's and wherefores.


    Did Jason Culp do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He was ok, the female characters were a bit on the whiny side which p'd me off a bit, as most of them are very strong characters, in fact all of Weber's female protagonists are very strong and deserve better treatment out of male readers in general.


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

    I wish I'd read this rather than listened to it. When Weber waxes fantastic about design features and progress, I tend to skim, I can't do that with an audio book, and found I struggled to keep track when he harped on about why this gun is better than that gun. So yeah, my emotional reaction is frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    Weber has written better, and Tor needs to reign him in a bit, the story was getting lost in the detail and it could have been a shorter and more in depth story. That said, I'm invested now, and am looking forward to the conclusion, but in hardcopy so I can skim the irrelevant stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John. A. B. Berley
    Wimborne Dorset UK
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    "A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4."
    What made the experience of listening to A Mighty Fortress the most enjoyable?

    A book is only as good as it's author. David Weber weaves a story showing the reason why the conflict has taken place and how why it must be resolved. The settings and the action are well described, from single person to armies and navies. The Kings ,Queens and Leaders of this world are brought to life as are all the characters.

    Set in a period where cross bows and muskets rule along with slavery and power mad despots cling to power. All are unaware that time is running out for all of them. It's not bang/boom good by goon. You get that in a well balanced story .

    So WHY AN AUDIO BOOK!!. It's easier on the eyes, no lights needed, no pages to turn and its so nice to listen to a well narrated story like this one .Start with book 1 and I hope you will enjoy the world of Safehold.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found the central character and all the others so well brought to life I can have no over all favourite.


    Which character – as performed by Jason Culp – was your favourite?

    see above.


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

    I enjoyed it as it covers joy, sadness, anger and redemption.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you have enjoyed the book, do consider an unabridged audio down load. So good after a hard day's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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