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Off Armageddon Reef Audiobook

Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Humanity is in hiding. Invention, progress, change... all are forbidden. Now it's time to change all that. The science-fiction epic of the decade begins here.

When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

Eight centuries later, a commander from that Expedition, Nimue Alban, woke up in a cave on a planet called Safehold. She was surprised to discover that the fanatic administrators of Operation Ark had used mind-control techniques to create a false, brutally suppressive religion whose entire purpose was to forbid invention and innovation forever.

But a tiny fraction within Operation Ark's leadership remembered the truth and believed in human dignity and freedom. They've given Nimue Alban a carefully hidden cache of technology and the capabilities of the android body in which her memories, loves, hopes, and dreams live on. Now it's her job to somehow provoke the technological progress and freedom of thought and belief that the Church of God Awaiting has worked centuries to crush.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2007 David Weber (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rebecca Rush Puyallup, WA 08-12-12
    Rebecca Rush Puyallup, WA 08-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Rebecca Rush

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    "Great story, performance with one blemish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Off Armageddon Reef to be better than the print version?

    Having read the story in ebook version prior to listening via audiobook, I consider both mediums to fit the story well.


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

    Wyman does a great performance, integrating pacing as well as voice accents that bring the characters to life. One drawback was Wyman's unfortunate pronunciation of Nimue's name, as Ni-MOO instead of NIM-oo-ay, as in the mythical character associated with Merlin. The pronunciation stuck out immensely, however Wyman's performance overall was very good.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Impson 02-19-16
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    "Won't Continue Series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this as one of the introductions to new series, I also was interested in the fact it was 30 hours. I discovered 30 hours of fighting was 29 hours too much. Also the religious overtones with an attempt to cover them up was just a little too much.


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

    Make the beginning a little more connected it's very disjointed. Come on don't think you are fooling anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the Bible and Religious history by changing the names. It becomes a farce and distracting after awhile.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's so disjointed I'm not sure I can


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be continuing this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-08-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Scifi Quasi-Religious Epic, So-So Narrator?"

    David Weber is a prolific writer of a good number of series, but this one stands apart from his work because of the scope, excellent character/plot interaction, and a grand sense of an epic tale just getting underway. Future technologies, vast space armadas, aliens, medieval settings, fantastic intrigue, and wait...a warrior/priest/wizard robot using disguised technology to guide an entire planet into their destined future...AND I HAVEN'T EVEN GIVEN MAJOR PLOT POINTS AWAY!

    So...

    Why not pick a great narrator to match the work, someone who could carry this exciting centuries-spanning tale with the energy and depth it deserves? Say, a "Roy Dotrice" style narrator, who brings accents, timely verbal emphasis, and a stronger sense of placement to the narration? No offense, Wyman, but this is a work that is still a bit beyond you. Work on it. Practice makes perfect, but not on this audiobook just yet.

    Still, this is no reason not to get this audiobook. It's an WONDERFUL listen, despite the narrator, and it's only the first in the series - Please do yourself a favor, and buy this audiobook. I've gone back twice to listen to it all over again, and enjoyed it. I'm confident you'll do the same.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 01-21-07
    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 01-21-07 Member Since 2015
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    "A good foundation"

    A good book if it willbe the first in a series. That being said if it's meant to stand on it's own it's mildly muddled. I assume, given the description that the main chracter is Nimue. that being said "she" doesn't appear that often and when "she" does it's either for some rather unbelievable action sequence or to suffer a historical dissertation.

    Don't get me wrong, history is important but the relevance of the speches given (or thought) is something that weighs the story down. Unlike where there's a fairly clear dominant main character in the say the Prince Rogers series, this book suffers from too many characters with little or no background to understand thier motivations.

    The book is described as a "sci-fi epic" it's not, it's more a historical military novel with a few sci-fi bits as plot props.

    I really can decide how I feel about it. I'm going to reread it again but at least for the first read-thru I didn't care about any of the characters and the bits of SF that were included are very good concepts but either allow deus ex machina style plotting or add littleif antyhing to move the story forward.

    I suppose it could be arged that SF is a relative term given the planet's tech levels but for my midn that's stretching things a bit.

    18 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-21-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Off Armageddon Reef"

    This is book one of a new series called Safehold. Safehold is a planet that humans have hid on to seek survival of the human race from destruction. The goal was to stay a low tech world so it would not be seen by the enemy. They set up a religion to control people and a simple society. The story starts from here and was slow to get going but by the end of the book I was hooked and looking forward to the next book. I think I prefer the Honor Harrington series better but they are much different stories.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jeebwize 05-09-17
    Jeebwize 05-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Not really sci-fi, FYI."

    The book is good for what it is, but if you are looking for a good sci-fi, look elsewhere.

    Oh, it starts like many sci-fi stories do, but that is all just background setup for the real story: what might happen if the world went back to a pre-Industrial Revolution technology level, and there was a worldwide church that was in full control? Now, add a robot with memory of space traveling level tech to the world, but they have to act in secret because the church is anti-technology and very serious about it.

    Basically, the book is a religious/political drama with some nautical warfare. It's okay, but not good sci-fi at all. I didn't hate it, but feel no need to go further in the series.

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    04-22-17
    04-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    I got started with David Weber books with a mighty fortress and I was hooked this book did not disappoint. I will recommend it to everyone I know

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    Robert United States 02-07-17
    Robert United States 02-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ugh..."

    Been trying to get through this book for two years. But I never could and always return it. But this time I will finish it in the hope that subsequent books in the series will be better. I am about 2/3 done and my head is about to explode, but again being a member for so long, I am running out of books to listen to in my favorite genres. But I will return this book as Audible allows us to with books we dislike as I really, really hate this book.

    It's not the religion, I get that it's a very important part of the plot. But it's that everyone is so damn polite. It's almost comical. "I am very sorry sir, but I now must strike off your head, please hold still if you will". Okay, I made that up, but you get my drift.

    And Merlyn comes off as a preachy 'know it all'. Maybe it's the narrator.

    This book is starting to come off as if intended for pre-teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 01-31-17
    Christopher 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book if you have insomnia"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Insomniacs and people with infinite amounts of patience for a rambling story that might get somewhere eventually.


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    A good book should have your interest in the first page, and should have you hooked by the end of the first chapter. I listened to this book for over 3 hours, and became steadily less interested. I like a good long story, but this was rambling, seemingly going no where and taking a long time to do it. Maybe if you had an infinite amount of patience, it would eventually get around to having something worthwhile to say, but I don't.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the reader did a fair job given the relatively poor material.


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

    The basic idea of a human civilization hiding from scary aliens bent on annihilation of all of humantity is interesting enough. Just get on with it though.


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    Keith Holt 01-22-17
    Keith Holt 01-22-17
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    "Really wanted to like this story but ..."

    It's a great premise. The opening chapters were great - held great promise. But then as chapter after chapter went by relating the politics and machinations of the different factions I started wishing it would just get to the point. I started skipping ahead and sampling the first several minutes of later chapters. Finally I gave up and put it away for good. I've read and enjoyed "big" stories - the Foundation Trilogy then the whole saga including prequels. Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. Different feel entirely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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