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    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.

    For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own 15 to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?

    Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one… quickly. The Inquisition’s brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire’s subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet 11 years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting’s city of Zion.

    The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

    ©2011 David Weber (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    • DK
    • 25.11.2020

    Narration could be better - but also could be worse

    Typical Weber book - well constructed story in the Safehold universe.
    Keating‘s Narration could be better though.
    While it is clear and understandable - it is also a bit too monotonous.
    I do NOT like overacted, overly-dramatic narration styles - but Keating is at the other end of the spectrum. If I’m a bit tired, chances are good that it will put me to sleep.

    Audible keeps changing the narrators on this series - very annoying.

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      4 out of 5 stars

    Just awful ( speaker)

    Ist Audibles fault that the Change Speakers in this Series all the Time. And then so absolute unfitting ones. The next Book geht's even worse. And this Ruins this whole experience.

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    • Gesamt
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    • JP
    • 23.03.2017

    Great but

    It's a great story, i have listened to it now several times. it keeps getting better! But the speaker is a desaster

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      5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent story, horrible speaker

    The good things first, the story is excellent as always. It's a great continuation of the previous books. Especially that not everything goes the good guys way is great, it rises the stakes and makes for good tension. And it is not done in a casual way in a "I have to show the good guys get hurt too" but in ways that happen in war, are well written and while terrible for my love for the characters affected, still a statisfying read.

    Now the bad things: The speaker is just plain awful. If I didn't love the series so much, I would have dropped it. If this speaker had been in the earlier books, I would likely have done it. He fails across the board in what I expect from a professional audio book. Here are the most annoying points:
    1. Changing the speaker yet again. Not the speakers fault but three speakers in the first 5 books in a series? Not cool
    2. The man is not a good match for the book. His voice sounds old and a lot of the main characters are young, which for me ruins the immersion. Again not technically the speakers fault but still a negative point
    3. Delivery: Extremly monotone and boring. I managed to power through, but it was hard
    4. Voice acting: For me one of the most important aspects of a professional audio book. There is hardly any voice acting at all, the main characters don't have their own "voice" (Different accent, tone, pitch, etc.), making it very hard to follow along with some of the dialogue. Also, the women sound like men. While it is of course difficult for a male speaker to produce female sounding voices, a lot of them manage it to the point that with a bit of suspecion of disbelief and a bit of getting used to it, it sounds like a woman
    5. Pronounciation: Several names are consistently mispronouced or rather pronouced differently than the previous readers, which is a huge no go for me. Also, this was not limited to book specific names but the guy manages to make the name Benjamin sound like Bensamen, which drove me nearly mad.

    So to sum up: If you can stand the narrator, I can completely recommend this book.

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    Narrator doesn't suit

    the 4 books before have been awesome with the narrators but this narrator doesn't suit this story. it's one of the worst things to change the narrators in a book series. and far worse if the ones before suit the series much more.