Download By Schism Rent Asunder: A Novel in the Safehold Series (#2) Audiobook

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Author: David Weber Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Safehold Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781427204301
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In David Weber's By Schism Rent Asunder, 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. Despite the implacable hostility of the Church of God Awaiting, Charis still stands, still free, still tolerant, still an island of innovation in a world in which the Church has worked for centuries to keep humanity locked at a medieval level of existence.

But the powerful men who run the Church aren't going to take their defeat lying down. Charis may control the world's seas, but it barely has an army worthy of the name. And as King Cayleb knows, far too much of the kingdom's recent good fortune is due to the secret manipulations of the being that calls himself Merlin—a being that, the world must not find out too soon, is more than human. A being whose very existence is the result of a centuries-ago final desperate roll of the dice. A being on whose shoulders rests the last chance for humanity's freedom.


Now, as Charis and its archbishop make the rift with Mother Church explicit, the storm gathers. Schism has come to the world of Safehold. Nothing will ever be the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Gripping…Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Off Armageddon Reef

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  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Joseph | 6/7/2018

    " This second book in the Safehold series is entertaining enough to keep you interested and wanting to know what happens next. I personally, however, found the characters to be a little flat and one-dimensional. This led me to feel less invested in the characters and their well being, which in turn made me less concerned or interested when they were in danger than I might have been. I will listen to the next in the series though, as it's a good enough story to pass the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tapley | 2/14/2014

    " I am quite enjoying this book, and will probably come back to the series later, starting at the beginning. Definitely has appeal for Honor Harrington fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 2/13/2014

    " A let down after the first book. Too much more of the same. I will probably continue the series, just not too soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 2/13/2014

    " Book 2 in a series, the story continues after major naval battle, and losses, of book 1. The point of view changes with every chapter, which is not unusual for Weber, but it happens a bit to frequently in this book, making it easier to put down because you're not as emotionally involved in the story. There is a very surprising plot twist involving who knows Merlin's true identity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 2/11/2014

    " This book was just to slow paced. It had a good concept but to much wording. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " Wow, really enjoyed this second episode. It's a fantasy core inside a science fiction shell. David Weber obviously loves history, particularly of the military and political varieties. There is a lot of politics in this book, which some may find off-putting, but I came to really enjoy it; it makes the story deeper and more engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melelani | 1/12/2014

    " good series, but i was hoping for more progress/resolution in this middle book.... now i have to wait another year and a half for the next... argh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/6/2014

    " Continuing to enjoy the Safehold series; it is well-written, the character growth and development is interesting and believable, and I remain intrigued by what is going to happen next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Na'roon | 1/3/2014

    " To me this book did not really go anywhere or move the over all plot of the series forward enough to warrant a whole book. I think it should have been part of the first book and not a stand alone book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/28/2013

    " reread for Tuesday release of the latest in the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/24/2013

    " David Weber is an incredible artist. I truly enjoy becoming immersed in "his Worlds". Another pageturner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/12/2013

    " Bad writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reepacheep | 6/9/2013

    " Love the title ... just love the sound of the words and how it says so much with just four words. Too bad the rest of the book isn't written that way. David Weber tells a good story, but he always seems to find a way to bury it underneath a bunch of extra words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/5/2012

    " This book takes off shortly after the 1st one ends. Now the things set in motion move on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 5/23/2012

    " Excellent sequel to Off Armageddon Reef. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/19/2012

    " I like the way David Weber writes. This is not an action adventure but a solid story punctuated by action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 8/23/2011

    " A solid, enjoyable sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/21/2011

    " Just finished this book last night. This was another exlent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/15/2011

    " Sequel to Off Armaggeddon Reef. Interesting story, but it didn't move forward as much as I thought it would. Also, the misspelling of names was really annoying and distracting all throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 6/23/2011

    " This book was just to slow paced. It had a good concept but to much wording. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene | 6/14/2011

    " Great read, although I think it's a background setting book. It lays the foundation for Heresies Distressed. Sometimes the politics feel contrived, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Na'roon | 5/20/2011

    " To me this book did not really go anywhere or move the over all plot of the series forward enough to warrant a whole book. I think it should have been part of the first book and not a stand alone book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Strahd | 4/14/2011

    " Loved this book. David Weber keeps hitting the mark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/20/2011

    " It continues the tradition of David Weber for attention to detail without gettting the reader lost or swamped in the details! Rahhh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/28/2010

    " A little heavy on specific workings of artillary, but now I know why a rifled barrel is superior to a smooth bore, and the difference between a galley and a galleon. However, the story is still engaging, despite bogging down at times. "

About the Author

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington space-opera adventures are New York Times bestsellers and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers.  He lives in South Carolina with his wife and their three children.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher’s Association, fourteen Earphone Awards, and two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. He was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared on stage as well as in film and television, and he is a veteran voice actor who can be heard in numerous cartoons and video games. He is one of the founders of New York City’s Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning “reality play” Charlie Victor Romeo and A. R. McElhinney’s cult classic film A Chronicle of Corpses.