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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Weber Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fraser Cook | 2/15/2014

    " It took a few chapters to get into this book but once underway I absolutely loved this book! It's one of those books where you want to know what happens next so much that your eyes speed indecently quickly over the text. It's a long book, but one I didn't want to end. Historical adventure novel meets sci-Fi. Although the two genres have a lot in common so not such a jarring meeting as you might think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mf | 2/8/2014

    " While the premise is novel and interesting, and while I really like Weber's work, I found this novel to be a bit slow. Normally I can't put down one of his books till it's done. In this case, I was interested enough to slowly plod through it. It's a decent book. But the safehold series as a whole really starts engaging with the sequel (By Schism Rent Asunder). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Spalatus | 1/28/2014

    " Great introduction to a new SF series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 1/27/2014

    " I had never read anything by this author before. The sheer scope and complexity of the story immediately reminded me of my initial impression of Dune when I read it for the first time. The writing was smooth, other than a slightly irritating habit of using real names which are spelled in various ways. I found myself stopping to figure out the "real" name that was being used, and this distracted from the story. That is a very minor criticism of a book that shines as a whole. "

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