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What used to be called a ‘ripping yarn’!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

OK, this is just plain fun, don’t expect high space opera! Some have described the tone - with it’s splash of comedy - as ‘Trek-like’, I would agree but further qualify that by saying it reminds me a bit of the episodes with ‘Q’. Two other things should be commended, first the narration performance (beautifully read) and secondly, speaking as a Brit, despite the main character being an America soldier I was pleased that he wasn’t the stereotypical ‘gung-ho’ type seen in some modern pulp sci-fi. Really enjoyed this, can see me motoring through the series.

Probably the most tedious in the series so far.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-19

Let's face it, if you have gotten this far (book 10) you - like me - will probably feel you kinda need to go on despite the flaws in this series. But 'Through Fiery Trials' is, unfortunately, probably the most tedious in the Safehold saga to date.

Be prepared to do a lot of fast forwarding through David Webber's excruciatingly irritating female characterisations in order to get to the 'good bits'. It's a mark of just how overinflated this book is that skipping segments in no way detracts from the reader's grasp of the overall storyline.

Despite the book's obvious negatives - however - I still give the story four stars as the basic premise (the core plot) is an intriguing one. Also, when the action finally gets going is is quite a 'ripping yarn'. I'll probably end up listening to more in this series and just grin and bear having to skip through the 'gooey' bits (to use one of Webber's own words).

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Let's wrap this up!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Webber obviously reads the reviews and feedback because, all of a sudden, he ratchets up the pace of this episode lickity split! Ironically, the change in pace is a little jarring compared to the previous book in the series. If he had moved the story along like this from the beginning then this series would have beeb a trilogy! And that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Webber still can't do female characters who aren't annoying but, as usual, his naval knowledge is faultless and I wish he had concentrated on this more than the personal relationships. You may wonder why I'm still listening to this series when I have so many critisisms? That is because the initial premise is actually so good that I really want to find out how the stoy ends...Hopefully if Webber completes the rest of his books atvthis new pace I might just last long enough to hear it!!!

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

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-15

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.

Wings cover art

A flying history of RAF flying!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-15

Would you try another book written by Patrick Bishop or narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The personal recollections of pilots.

Do you think Wings needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it stands on it's own as a history.

Any additional comments?

I was a little disappointed at the speed the book rattles through the RAF's long and illustrious history. The author paints his picture with very broad strokes covering the major battles with some detail but completely leaves out a lot - he virtually skips from the Korean War to the Falklands for instance. Also, do not expect there to be a lot of technical detail about the aircraft either and a lot of the great workhorses of the RAF are not mentioned at all. Good superficial history but a lot missed out.

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Fans will like this!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

One of the things that still annoys me about this series is the sickly sweet banter between main male and female characters - Cayleb and Sharleyan. It seems tacked on to help attract female readers, as a male it just turns me off.

What other book might you compare Like a Mighty Army to, and why?

This is the first Sci-Fi 'Grand Space Opera' type of series I have read so I'm not sure what compares. But I can say that I was surprised how I much I enjoyed reading a long (very long) series like this.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration has been up and down in this series. Fans have learned to put up with the often pitiful attempts at accents (which have changed between volumes!). The pace was good, but the characterisation jarred in places.

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

...A can just imagine how long a film that would be!

Any additional comments?

I really do think you have to be a fan to keep buying these books. It is not a casual 'picker-upper'. Furthermore you do have to start with book one and work through the series - you cannot start part way through, they are not self-contained stories.

The title sums up the readers' experience!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-12

As already said - if you've read this far then you know what you are in for and presumably you are willing to forgive the style of the writing (and narration) because the actual premise and story is intriguing.



This is turning into something of a trial for the fan - and believe me when I say you HAVE to be a fan to come this far. But what you get from this saga is a smashing 'what if?' senario with a lot of historical drama and invention thrown in. It is something of a history of military technological development through the 16th century onwards and how - given the ability - 'you' might influence that development if you had the power...



Of course the power is in the hands of the writer, but none the less it's fascinating to speculate on which military innovation will be introduced next as the Charisian Empire attempts to overcome the powerful Church of God Awaiting.



The writing is full of idiosyncrasies - dialogue that is completely out of place given the periods concerned, annoying characters that just get away of the narrative and a unreasonable obsession with sailing ship terminology. Luckily these books are long enough to soak up the amount of skipping forward you will be doing...



In the end you feel you are doing some of the copy editing that someone at the publishers should have done in the first place!



...And yet, in the end once you are hooked you are really hooked and willing to overlook the obvious flaws in these books.