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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Weber Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/13/2014

    " I'm a bit nonplussed. The premise of the story, both the epic background and this chapter of that tale are great. And there's some good stuff here as well. But this thing drags! It's bogged down by overwrought dialogue which renders the characters almost indistinguishable from one another. A savage editor would have done wonders, especially if more character could be teased out of each character. I think I'll take a swing at the next book, but I'm less enthused than I should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Brinlee | 1/3/2014

    " A fun read. The ending leads you to believe that this is the first in a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/23/2013

    " Alot of potential with this one. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Seignious | 12/20/2013

    " I have read most of webbers stuff and really enjoy his writtings, the only reason I can't rate this series as a five is the weird way he spells peoples names, it detracts from the story line. Otherwise it is a well worth read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quincy | 12/11/2013

    " A spellbinding start to a new series. This story must, by definition, span multiple generations, with the avatar Nimue being the only continuing character. I can't help but conjecture about how the plot will unfold, and how long it will take before the ultimate confrontation with the Gbaba. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Ruddell | 11/29/2013

    " After reading the back cover I was a little concerned that this would be riff on organized religion. I was pleasantly surprised to find that religion, corrupted and out of control, is the target but that honest, humble faith is supported. A good action read that also can make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Parry | 7/29/2013

    " Stunning in its depth and scope, ranging from political maneuvering, hard sci fi, galleons battles with broadside cannon fire, an industrial revolution, in depth characters. It sounds messy, it works seamlessly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Richardson | 1/14/2013

    " Not exactly what I was thinking it would be. It is a good story, but a little too long. Many descriptions of people and places are too detailed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 11/1/2012

    " A very enjoyable read and an interesting universe. Character development is virtually nil but the author has a great grasp on the overall story, political intrigue, and foremost naval warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 7/19/2012

    " Love the concepts surrounding this new series. Waiting for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rory (Nightwyrm) | 7/14/2012

    " The premise of this story is pretty cool; there's just something a little off about the execution that I can't quite put my finger on. Really a 3.5/5 rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 10/1/2011

    " Yet another stellar Weber series sucks me in..The man is a writing and creative maniac. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Wages | 9/16/2011

    " This book was an awesome sci-fi read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 9/1/2011

    " Excellent series - usual Weber style and completeness... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Carlisle | 8/10/2011

    " Interesting mix of Arthurian legend with a futuristic society. Love the way Nimue is guiding the development of the Safehold kingdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 7/21/2011

    " Weber created another fascinating world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jimmy | 7/3/2011

    " I couldn't even finish this book. It was very boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 6/25/2011

    " Initially the book took sometime to get into but it was worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quincy | 6/20/2011

    " A spellbinding start to a new series. This story must, by definition, span multiple generations, with the avatar Nimue being the only continuing character. I can't help but conjecture about how the plot will unfold, and how long it will take before the ultimate confrontation with the Gbaba. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene | 6/14/2011

    " Love the concept. A bit slow in points but a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Na'roon | 5/18/2011

    " The start of the book was a little hard to follow, but after awhile it settled down and was a very good read. It even brought a tear to my eye when the king died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 5/15/2011

    " Yet another stellar Weber series sucks me in..The man is a writing and creative maniac.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naten | 5/13/2011

    " Always been a big Weber fan but this book really piqued my interest in a subject I've never given much thought to namely religious reformation of all things. How you may ask??? Well read the dang book and be as impressed as I am/was/will be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenz457 | 3/6/2011

    " Similar to the Honor Harrington in the beginning with his description of naval battles. I am a big fan of the Harrington series and all of his other books so I will give this a chance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/4/2011

    " A very interesting mix of science fiction elements and a society similar to the one at the time of the Reformation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/31/2011

    " Another interesting back ground story. I like the main character and what she(he?) has to go through to get her(his?) work done and be successful. The writing is good,characters good, and story is good, so GOOD! GREAT, DOOM! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/16/2011

    " Interesting mix of Arthurian legend with a futuristic society. Love the way Nimue is guiding the development of the Safehold kingdom. "

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About the Author
Author David Weber

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. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.