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Centuries ago the human race fought its first great war against an alien race - and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later their descendants have forgotten their history; for them life has been an eternal Middle Ages, ruled by the Church of God Awaiting, whose secret purpose is to prevent the reemergence of industrial civilization.

But not all of Safehold's founders were onboard with this plan. Those dissidents left behind their own secret legacies. One of those is Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of one of Earth's long-dead defenders, now reawakened after a thousand years to restart human progress and reclaim our place in the universe. Merlyn has intervened in the small Safeholdian realm of Charis, seeding it with ideas and innovations and helping it to rise to challenge the hegemony of the Church. It's been a long and bloody fight, but aided by a stream of inventions - breech-loading rifles, signal rockets, claymore mines, new approaches to manufacturing and supply - Charis and its few allies seem to have finally gained the upper hand. Now major realms have begun to consider switching sides. To all these ends, Merlyn Athrawes has been everywhere, under multiple disguises and wielding hidden powers. The secret of who and what he is has been closely held. But a new player has arrived, one who knows many secrets - including Merlyn's own.

©2015 David Weber (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • John
  • bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 02-14-16

Is David Weber ever going give a us a ending

Beware at this pace it will take 35 more books for them to get the technology to beat the aliens.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Perth, Australia
  • 11-04-15

Feels like so much filler

I write as a David Weber fan of long standing so I would like it said I wish I could say this was a good book.
The quality of Webers work has been in a steady fall for years now, a combination of disinterest in his own series and the lack of anything resembling good editing.

This book follows no single character or plot and send to have no real driving force. The story is just one big intermission as both sides in the conflict build up for the next big clash of armies inter spaced with contrived wins and losses for both sides so the players can all be in the correct spots for the next book. As well as try and head off a inevitable complains of invincible protagonists buy showing they to can be hurt but is such a way that all it does is delay the plot for another book.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Reads like a weapons catalog

Endless descriptions of the details of weapons. How to make them. How well they work. How they compare to earth models. How they compare to earlier Safehold models. How ...

Get it?

I wore out the fast forward circuits on my reading device.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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david seems to have lost the way to Zion

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a lot more action as in the first seven books. There is now to much dealing with where people come from and how they got to be where they are now. I personally would like David to get on with the story of the war with the church instead of all the sideline chatter.

Has Hell's Foundations Quiver turned you off from other books in this genre?

It is starting to turn me off, as I have enjoyed the action in the earlier books. This book there is very little action and the main characters are being forgotten.

Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did indeed do a good job in the telling of the story and the characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in that the Charisian army is not at the gates of the temple by now.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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zzzzzZZZZZzzzz

Do you have trouble sleeping? Is your blood pressure really high? Do you like science fiction and fantasy but are tired of all that action and good story just getting in the way?

Then do I have a story for you!!

Seriously, the story here isn't bad at all. Much detail without going overboard and spending a chapter talking about the room someone is in rather than what's being said *cough*WheelOfTime*cough*. BUT, the story just never seems to go anywhere either. Yes there is this great potential for one, good characters.....but, honestly I was nodding off. And I like large books! I work 10+hrs a day so the larger the better....but I had to lay this one down about half way through. And I've read Homer and Dante (not audio), and those stories were like being at Marti Gras by comparison to this.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Amazing voice work on a meandering plot

If you are into the series this far, you will appreciate the talent of the narrator to keep the wandering and at times unfocused plot alive in your mind. The story could have benefited from sharper focus and faster pacing.

Plot aside, Oliver Wyman is the only person I want narrating this series. He has a rich stable of interesting voices, each distinct enough to identify character, rank, and nationality easily. The plot was all over the place but the journey was a delight on the ears.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Advance the story

Too much detail on troop movements and not as much focus on moving the story along. The details of the workings of all the various weapons are fine, but there is just way too much of it. It feels like Weber is getting paid by the word. Still a great overall story

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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too much details, not enough progression

story could've been compressed to 8 hours with ease. not abridged...just focused.Webers too busy to focus on the series as he should be

or his ghostwriters are getting paid by the word.
no good guys

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Antioch, TN, United States
  • 06-17-16

A bit plodding with details not enough plot.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I really enjoy most of David Weber's books, but this series is starting to feel like its just being stretched out for no reason. The descriptions and dialog are wonderful as always, the moral dilemma is very interesting and allows for character growth in realistic ways. Unfortunately this is only a tiny part of the book. The rest of it is a dizzying barrage of minutiae. It feels as if every time a nameless soldier on either side of the conflict dons their coat, a chapter must be devoted to this. As much as I like and respect the author I feel that he has gotten bogged down in his own creation and has to elaborate on far too much. It makes for a very bloated book that is easy to skip ahead and not miss any of the actual story.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Weber? Why or why not?

I would, and will. I may give most of this series a pass. David Weber is very talented writer, but I feel like I could simply wait until the series is finished and just read the last book for all of the relevant details.

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

He is one of my 'go to' readers when I am looking for new things to read.Oliver Wyman is very talented and knows how to keep all of the characters separate and easily identifiable. I give him five stars because Audible won't let me give six!

Could you see Hell's Foundations Quiver being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy a great deal of detail, particularly about mechanics, manufacturing, and how a little "future knowledge" can impact a more primitive society, then this book has a lot to offer you.If you want to see a plot unfold then you could probably read the jacket of the next book in the series and be caught up with the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Don't start here...

... but continue the exciting journey on Safehold with all the characters you've grown attached to (plus the ones you love to despise). Quiver the foundations of Mother Church, and the mechanisms both bold and subtle of Merlin and his growing cohort continue to dismantle confidence and swerve loyalties in their direction. It's a fun ride albeit a bit slow in the battles scenes (not my personal favorite parts, but many listeners love battle strategies). Thoroughly enjoyable. Now, how long do I have to wait for the next installment?!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • DAVE KELLY
  • 10-20-15

Mind numbing boredom

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was looking forward to this next instalment in the safe hold series. I don't mind the details where the storyline justifies it, but this reads like a military historians research notes. No plot development, just endless troop deployments and weapon specifications. I'd recomend you skip this one, hopefully the next will return to the main story.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

Yes, everyone's allowed a bad book

Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

Yes, nothing wrong with the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Shaun
  • 08-09-17

Good God this is great!

Yet another masterpiece of story telling, a magnificent addition to this wondrous series! Read it!

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  • kenb
  • 11-26-15

My first David Weber dissappointment

What disappointed you about Hell's Foundations Quiver?

Having read and enjoyed a lot of David Weber books this one was not an easy listen.

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  • Steve
  • 10-19-15

I'm *never* fast-forwarded an audio book before!

What would have made Hell's Foundations Quiver better?

Weber has decided that he needs to use a dozen words when three will do. This book needs to be a lot, lot shorter.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

As I have listened to all the other in the series I feel I now have to listen to the others - I am just hoping this is a 'blip'.

Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

...Not really.

Any additional comments?

31 hours, through which I fast forwarded through about 25 to get to the battles.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-04-15

Hell this series has solid Foundations

I started this series as I liked David Weber's 'Honor Harrington' books and was a little disappointed in the first book when it reverted to a 'pre-space' setting but dam, I can't wait for the next book in this series!!! David, can you please write another book in this series soon?