Safehold

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 15,014 ratings

Off Armageddon Reef 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.

©2007 David Weber (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Off Armageddon Reef

    • Safehold Series, Book 1
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 30 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • David Weber always good

    • By Alison on 09-08-07

    Regular price: $47.93

  • Book 2

    • By Schism Rent Asunder

    • Safehold Series, Book 2
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478

    The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought Provoked

    • By B. Bozeman on 10-14-09

    Regular price: $55.93

  • Book 3

    • By Heresies Distressed

    • Safehold Series, Book 3
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I want Oliver Wyman back

    • By James on 07-14-09

    Regular price: $55.93

  • Book 4

    • A Mighty Fortress

    • Safehold Series, Book 4
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not Weber's Best Work

    • By Clayton Bunyard on 06-09-10

    Regular price: $55.93

  • Book 5

    • How Firm a Foundation

    • Safehold Series, Book 5
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Charles Keating
    • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,261
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

    The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying Performance

    • By William on 09-14-11

    Regular price: $52.49

  • Book 6

    • Midst Toil and Tribulation

    • Safehold Series, Book 6
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,410
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series

    • By Ryan on 10-05-12

    Regular price: $52.49

  • Book 7

    • Like a Mighty Army

    • Safehold, Book 7
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A long suffering reader ploughs on

    • By Roy J. Meek on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $59.49

  • Book 8

    • Hell's Foundations Quiver

    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Is David Weber ever going give a us a ending

    • By John on 02-14-16

    Regular price: $52.49

  • Book 9

    • At the Sign of Triumph

    • Safehold, Book 9
    • By: David Weber
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 34 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,349
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

    The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than 2 percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow wow wow

    • By Mark on 11-14-16

    Regular price: $59.49