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Publisher's Summary

Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

©1995 David M. Weber (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Weber builds [worlds] with a nice eye for detail, above-average knowledge of history, and a pleasing amount of wit." (Booklist)

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Not a bad little story

I liked the story line very much. Overall good read. I like story's like this with gods and powerful characters.

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well done narrator!

both author and narrator keep the immersion though things tend to be better then expected a lot. for mostly SciFi writing definitely well written fantasy!

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great story and excellent narration

excellent story! great narration. I could not stop listening and I am ready for the next book!

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Mediocre classic fantasy

A black and white classic villain and hero, a linear and predictable storyline and unremarkable characters in a yarn that is at times amusing but mostly tedious.

The reading style is very dramatic yet superbly executed, with an attention to detail that is commendable. The reader pulls the experience up considerably, which is why I rate this audiobook as mediocre rather than just plain bad. An excellent performance by the reader.

Cannot reccomend the book, it is neither clever, amusing nor innovative enough for that.

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Too Animated

The performer is a poor reader. He is over working his voice trying to make the story exciting where it is supposed to be a normal voice. The names of the characters are difficult as so many sound nearly the same.

There is too much history alluded to that presupposes the listener has read a previously published serial, but there is none. Otherwise it seams that the book was written overnight without the use of a HUMAN editor. But then that seems to be the case with most modern tomes.

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  • Alexis
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 02-11-15

Simplistic, one dimensional story that is just ok

Ok to listen to, but I would not recommend it. Every character is one dimensional - either 100% good or 100% evil. Got tired fast. The world the author created was interesting, so a star for that.

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Well worth the price.

Would you listen to Oath of Swords again? Why?

Give it a go, if you like fantasy well written this book is for you.

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Mediocre writing compromised by awful performance

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

Had someone such as Simon Vance, Michael Page or Roy Dotrice narrated this book, it would probably make this book better than a dud.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm running out of choices in the Epic Fantasy genre.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Overly dramatic. Very dry. The guy sounds like a narrator for a 1950's educational film for high school students. His style almost reminds me of William Shatner.

What character would you cut from Oath of Swords?

The author and narrator.

Any additional comments?

From the reviews, I thought there would be witty banter between the main character and his sidekick, but it was pale compared to the characters in Michael J. Sullivan';s books. I was expecting some exciting combat, but compared to Joe Abercrombie, the scenes are lame. Rothfus, Jordan, Abercrombie, Martin, Sullivan and Lynch are unbeatable in this genre. I suppose the positive reviews were from younger, easier to please readers.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Boring, and the characters were too much

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no clue who would enjoy this more than me. The characters were real annoying, and the story was WAY too long.

What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

When reading the book, I kept feeling that the main characters were just not believable. The way the dialogue was build just annoyed me greatly. I had no feeling or sympathy for the heroes, and the villains were stupid and never really a threat - they were just there.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

When trying to do the Hradani voices he made them sound stupid.

Any additional comments?

Not my kind of book, and I doubt I will read any David Weber again.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Monroe, WA, United States
  • 08-14-12

Enjoyed it so much I purchased the other 3 books

The book was totally enjoyable. The plot was far fetched and this disassociation with the "real" world made it prime entertainment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful