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Hell's Foundations Quiver

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Series: Safehold, Book 8
Length: 31 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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Summary

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. One of those is Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of one of Earth's long-dead defenders, now reawakened after a thousand years to restart human progress and reclaim our place in the universe. Merlyn has intervened in the small Safeholdian realm of Charis, seeding it with ideas and innovations and helping it to rise to challenge the hegemony of the Church. It's been a long and bloody fight, but aided by a stream of inventions - breech-loading rifles, signal rockets, claymore mines, new approaches to manufacturing and supply - Charis and its few allies seem to have finally gained the upper hand. Now major realms have begun to consider switching sides. To all these ends, Merlyn Athrawes has been everywhere, under multiple disguises and wielding hidden powers. The secret of who and what he is has been closely held. But a new player has arrived, one who knows many secrets - including Merlyn's own.

©2015 David Weber (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Mind numbing boredom

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

I was looking forward to this next instalment in the safe hold series. I don't mind the details where the storyline justifies it, but this reads like a military historians research notes. No plot development, just endless troop deployments and weapon specifications. I'd recomend you skip this one, hopefully the next will return to the main story.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

Yes, everyone's allowed a bad book

Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

Yes, nothing wrong with the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed

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Good God this is great!

Yet another masterpiece of story telling, a magnificent addition to this wondrous series! Read it!

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My first David Weber dissappointment

What disappointed you about Hell's Foundations Quiver?

Having read and enjoyed a lot of David Weber books this one was not an easy listen.

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

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.