When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark....
They thought they knew how the universes worked. They were wrong....
Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....
We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military....
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately....
After being court-martialed by the Space Legion for ordering the strafing of a treaty-signing ceremony, multimillionaire Willard Phule receives his punishment....
Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home....
This is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster....
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492....
Emma is an artificial intelligence with a love of science, insults, and devilish traps. When her systems are booted up, she finds herself in control of a long-abandoned facility in a post-apocalyptic wasteland....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer....
Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom. Crowned Empress of that empire, Sharleyan has found in Cayleb's arms the love she never dared hope for in a "marriage of state."
In Cayleb's cause, his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern mother Church, she has found the task to which she can commit her mind and her courage. It is a cause for which she was born. Yet there are things Sharleyan still does not know. Secrets Cayleb has not been permitted to share, even with her. Secrets like the true story of humanity on Safehold. Like the intricate web of lies, deception, and fabricated "religion" which have chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the genocidal alien Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind's destruction should humans ever attract their attention once more. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the android body of the warrior-monk she knows as Merlin. And so Empress Sharleyan faces the the great challenge of her life unaware of all that task truly entails...or of how the secrets the man who loves her cannot share may threaten all they have achieved between them... and her own life.
the book was really good but I really didn't like the fact that they replace the narrator. plz bring Oliver Wyman back for the next one
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
Not having Oliver Wyman narrate was a big surprise. He established the personality and voices of the characters. With Jason Culp, the personality of Merlin, especially, recedes to the background, IMO.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
The change from Oliver Wyman to Jason Culp as narrator is disastrous. Culp's reading is dull and boring. I have given up listening and instead bought the book to read! I will not purchase the forth audio-book either as Culp is the narrator.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the narrator for this book is not the same one as the narrator for the first two in the series. The change is very jarring, and this narrator is not up to the task. The first narrator changed his voice and accent for various characters. This new narrator didn't really, nor did he even attempt any kind of voice continuation from earlier in the series. Good book ruined by bad narration. Read it, don't listen to it.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Heresies Distressed continues much as By Schism Rent Asunder. Glacial and deliberate.
Character development and plot are consistent and make sense, but the narration move too slow for my taste. If Conquerring one safeholdian nation after another, one boot at time, is the intended modell of the series, then I will stop listening.
The change in narrator, and with it the new rythm and less consistent "character-voices" for the lead characters, were hard to get used to.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Well, at least David Weber does not make us wait years between installments. There are two major areas in this book that I really enjoyed (one was a battle, the other intriguing). But I found much of it a build up for . . . well that is the problem . . . I do not know exactly where this is going. Will they fastforward in the future to a point where technology advances enough that this civilization can threaten the dangerous aliens (introduced so long ago). I want to know what happens, and I will buy the next book, but I am very thankful for the 2x feature on my ipod allowing me to listen to this at double speed. Maybe I will buy the book next time so I can gloss through the less interesting parts.
Also for those of you reading this review before the book, realize that this book (more so than the others) is really a part of the story. The ending feels more like the end of chapter, with little closure.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Heresies Distressed is the third book in David Weber's "Safehold" series. I have to agree with a number of others who objected to the loss of Oliver Wyman as the series narrator. The change to Jason Culp caused me quite a few problems with vocal character identification. It was a terrible move on the part of Macmillan Audio. If Wyman was not available at scheduled time for recording the book, they should have waited for him to become available.
As for the book itself, I had the same feelings about the audio version that I did about the printed. Unless Weber plans to become another Robert Jordan, he needs to move the story line along a bit faster. The politics involved are devilishly delightful, but they take up too much story time. We don't really need a blow by blow account of every political and religious move on the entire planet to enjoy the action. If nothing else, that level of detail makes recapping the next volume in the series a tediously lengthly process, and makes fans lose interest before the new story lines starts. I did greatly enjoy the new story, what there was of it, but it could have been a lot better with less political detail and more action.
I give the book and audio recording 4 Stars, and Jason Culp's rendition 2 Stars for effort.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
My problem here is the author didn't move the plot along far enough of fast enough. The last book and this one could have been combined very comfortably. The reader is different and puts a very different feel into his characters which would have been ok if we hadn't been so used to the previous reader. It is disconcerting to have Prince Narmann sound just like Ringo Starr though.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Culp isn't a good choice for this book. Any change is jarring, but this is also a change for the worse. Culp is a good reader, but not for this. I get the feeling he doesn't like the book. He makes the prince -- who is supposed to be a heroic genius -- sound like a Welsh thug. I was actually rather surprised how much difference the change in narrator made.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The changing of the narrator is very frustrating. If the change were not bad enough, the new narrator did not even take the time to listen to the first book. Many of the names are pronounced differently in this book. To make matter worse they continue to switch narrators with following books. Makes listening to the books back to back very frustrating.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Three books in you know what you are getting but the new narrator takes some getting used to!
Jason Culp largely does an excellent job but some of the key characters just don't feel right. Caleb and Narman are the main offenders with Caleb adopting an accent that hovers some where between Ireland and West Coast of Scotland without Jason ever hitting a consistent rendition. Narman has been translated from his original lilting Irish accent to finest Brum (Birmingham, England for non-uk natives).
I'm now rep books further on in the series and the strength of Jason's other character voices shines through and makes this a true joy to listen to.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is another Weber book in the safehold series. You should know by now whether or not you like the author and the series. Naval battles intrigue, etc. HOWEVER there is a new narrator who provides a very jarring performance by introducing new accents to established characters, changing established accents ( no more scottish emeraldians) and giving a very effeminate tone to Merlin (understandably).
What did you like best about this story?
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Culp?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Trafalgar in space.