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Through Fiery Trials

Safehold, Book 10
Written by: David Weber
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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With new alliances forged and old regimes fractured, Merlin - the cybernetic avatar of Earth's last survivor and immortal beacon to humanity - and the colonies of Safehold have many adventures ahead in Through Fiery Trials, the continuation of David Weber's New York Times best-selling military science-fiction series. 

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, Luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.  

Yet an uncertain future isn't the only danger Safehold faces. Long-thought-buried secrets and prophetic promises come to light, proving time is a merciless warden who never forgets.  

Safehold series:

  1. Off Armageddon Reef 
  2. By Schism Rent Asunder 
  3. By Heresies Distressed 
  4. A Mighty Fortress 
  5. How Firm a Foundation 
  6. Midst Toil and Tribulation 
  7. Like a Mighty Army 
  8. Hell's Foundations Quiver 
  9. At the Sign of Triumph 
  10. Through Fiery Trials
©2018 David Weber (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Ofer
  • 2019-01-12

I miss Oliver Wyman

While I enjoyed the story, every time Davis misprounced the words "Terran" and "Tellesberg", or was inconsistent with the accents of various characters, I wanted to throttle him. This series has had 5 different narrators by now and while I remember the egregious mistake Wyman did on the previous novel, he still managed to maintain a high degree of consistency in his performance. And Davis' performance bothered me enough to consider returning the audio book and just get an electronic copy. His voice was however as pleasant as others and wasn't as droning and sleep inducing as the narrator for the 5th novel so I hope he talks to the author about pronunciation and accents if he stays on for the next book.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Alec and Sheila Luta
  • 2019-01-09

The new narrator threw me

I am about 10 hours into the book, I am considering just reading the rest on my own and listening to something else when I drive because the narrator is pronouncing names differently and giving characters different accents that what I am use to with the series. I know this is the 4th or 5 narrator for the these books, so I am use to change.

Don’t get me wrong, the narrator did a great job of speaking clear and smoothly. It breaks the immersion for me when I am correcting his pronunciation however I would suggest skipping this one. I always listen to the previous books in the series before a new one is released so this might not be an issue for others.

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  • Ryan
  • 2019-01-09

Please hire Oliver Wyman as narrator and keep him!

I was so excited to see that there was going to be more in this series. I start to listen to this book and was like darn a new narrator...but no problem.

Wrong!
Character voices sound like a western cowboys at times. Harchong voices are good though.
Mispronunciation of (well established) names and places.
A few mispronunciation of normal words. ex. monastery hes says mom ustery

The constant mispronunciation of names and places will grates your nerves. This is the 10th book in the series. Take the time and listen to how the names have been pronounced in the previous books. I'm going to try and push threw this and hope the next book has a better narrator....PLEASE LET IT BE OLIVER WYMAN

**UPDATE: I will be returning this book. Narrator has ruined this book. Also read on Weber forums that Oliver Wyman will not be narrating any more of Webers books because of a added line in the 9th book. Weber got mad and picked this new guy.

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  • Tavi
  • 2019-01-23

Wonderfully detailed, interesting and fulfilling

I read and listen to all of theses books in the Safehold series because these so much detail, so much color, perspectives and angles. Safehold is a big story connected to reality in typical human behavior. Character development is sold The development of the story is paced well and it flows in ways that you can follow and make sense. Thank goodness there's humor and love to balance

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  • Justin Zaun
  • 2019-01-09

This narrator killed the story dead

He mispronounces everything! God this is hard to get through, really really hard. I had to force myself to listen because I love the story, but this narrator butchered everything! He must not have listened to any previous books or talked to the author at all about pronunciation. What a horrible thing to do to such an amazing story. Very disappointed and very let down.

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  • Douglas Tiffin
  • 2019-01-09

What About Contitunity?

I am writing this after only listening to the first few chapters and I'm probably not going to listen to the rest. If you haven't listened to the first 9 books then you shouldn't have any issues with the narration. If, however, you have listened to the rest of the series (4 times) you might wonder why the narrator didn't bother to listen to at least book 9. If he had he might not have changed every single character's personality, speech mannerisms, pausing, voice stresses and any other way possible I can think of to disconnect this book from the first 9. Why would the author let him do that? I am, for the first time, extremely disappointed with David Weber. Not for what he wrote but for what he allowed to happen to what he wrote.

I came back and changed the star rating after listening to just another half hour after writing the above. I can't believe, and I really can't believe, how terrible the narration makes this book. I'm returning this one and trying to decide whether or not to read the book rather than listen to it.

I did it again. I went back and listened to 10 more minutes and felt I had to come back and say again...WHY!

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  • Lauro
  • 2019-01-11

Awesome Book

i really love this book and altough it left us with a cliffhanger i really hope this series continue for a few more books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-09

This reader KILLS, MURDERS, DESTROYS this story.

Not sure I can even go beyond this first hour! Cannot stand to listen to this one. Get a different narrator!!!!!
And at this rate I will be returning this before I can even finish the book.

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  • Draknus
  • 2019-03-09

Great book, not so great reader

If you've enjoyed the Safehold series so far, you'll enjoy this book. However, Jonathan Davis was obviously not fully prepped for the project. He mispronounces many character and place names, obviously mixes up the accents used by previous readers, and even mispronounces actual, common words, like "Terran". After a while you get used to it enough to enjoy the story, but for the first 10 hours or so, I was regularly cringing at his performance. If he had a pronunciation guide, it probably would have been a great performance, he's not a bad reader overall. But the mispronunciations are just too much.

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  • Chadwick Mark
  • 2019-03-06

good but...

ok first I love it I'm hooked on Safehold for life
the only issue is the pronunciation of some names and places. however I must say if I hadn't already had the names and voices in my head from previous narrators I wouldn't have had any issues with this book at all. on the positive the narrator's voice is perfect for this title.

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