The narrator gets one star for being able to read. But! Did he even listen to the previous audiobooks? Even one? "CHARR is" vs. "CAR is" , whichever is correct doesn't matter. It is the latter which has been used up til now. Its change is like the fingernails on a chalkboard.
The story remains intact. And seems a decent continuation.
Listening to it, maybe not so much. I should of read it, at least then I would get the names right.If you are going to change narrators at least make the put in the effort to listen to the previous books so they can get a feel of how the story is being told, and how to pronounce the damn names.
It ended? the complete lack of knowledge on the style this series as been performed in the previous books, and the failure to get the names right, had me going crazy.
yes, but use the first narrator.
Spend a little time with your narrator. Make sure they know, how to pronounce words and listed to the book before you start selling it.Books have editors, why the hell doesn't an audio book.Maps would also be nice to track what is happening where.
I would gladly listen to another David Weber book. He is an excellent writer and I would truly like it if his War Gods series was added to your lists.
I will not listen to another Kevin Collins book if I can help it. His lack of any preparation such as reviewing how other readers had already pronounced names truly destroyed most of my pleasure in this book. Add in his failure to even pronounce common use words correctly and you have a truly horrendous listening experience!
From a writing standpoint, Midst Toil and Tribulation is definitely a Safehold book. It and the Honor Harrington series show David Weber's penchant for long background narratives that still make up an enjoyable read. I might actually compare it to the books Robert E. Heinlein wrote about Lazarus Long.
Thankfully from a listening perspective I haven't heard anything as bad as this book was read and hope to hear nothing that bad again.
The narrator failed to even check how other books in the series had been narrated. This is a major lack since this is the six book in the series. He failed to match pronunciation on every name that he could mangle. The same for place names. He also screwed up common words on such a regular basis that it was ridiculous. The final insult was being unable to tell any character from another more than half the time. The rest of the time, you only knew because the book told you that was who it was.
You may want to listen to this book as it's the sixth in the series. I will warn you that it will still frustrate you throughout the entire book.
Don't let this narrator put you off the David Weber books. The rest of the narrators are good or outstanding. Just be sure you really want the book if Kevin Collins is reading it. You know, if it's a major part of a series or something you just have to have.
Probably not. While he has great vocal skills (differentiating characters well), he needs a pronunciation coach and he is way too overly dramatic. It was like 1960's Captain Kirk was reading. This guy makes every sentence DRAMATIC. "And THEN, he went INTO the .... baaathrooom!" Seriously, I'm sure not every sentence ends in an exclamation point, but Kevin Collin's makes it sound that way.I actually stopped listening 4 or 5 times just because of the narrator. It gets hard to tell what's really dramatic and important when he's ALWAYS dramatic!
This book is way too slow. I know there are a lot of characters and moving armies around the world takes a long time, but there just wasn't much action. I love David Weber for his great battle scenes - epic space naval battles from Honor Harrington series for example. I actually like how he shows the development of technologies in this series, but I have more than 2/3 through and there had only a couple skirmishes. He appears to be setting the stage for some fierce and epic battles but... get to it already!
Maybe I'll update this post when I finally get to the end.
Narrator that had actually listened the first five books. If the Narrator had listened the the first five books maybe this book would have received better reviews.
No, Collins should have familiarized himself with the pronunciations of the name and places within this book. It was extermely difficult to actually keep listening to the book.
If the narrator was basically anyone else.
If the narrator would SLOW DOWN. He talks WAY to fast.
PLEASE. PLEASE, PLEASE get a different narrator. The previous ones for this series were O.K. But this one is horrific.
As a huge David Weber fan, I've listened to every one of his audiobooks. In addition to Weber's great writing, I've always been impressed by the quality of the narration - until now. Kevin Collins's melodramatic whining makes this one unbearable. I hope they bring back Oliver Whyman for the next one.
It seems that everyone agrees that this narrator just plain sucked. The narration of this book was SOOOOO bad that I am going to just return the book and move on to something else. How in God's name can you go from the excellent Charles Keating to THIS garbage?!?!?!
The narrator COMPLETELY ruined this book and the series. The story is slow moving enough already. Expect better from you Mr. Weber.
Anger. The Narration is SO bad that I can't get through the book and will have to return it. Thanks for killing the series for me.
Navy Vet. Audible book lover. What else is there?
This book would have been much better if it moved the story forward. I do not walk away from it feeling as though it has.
I would have concentrated on the overall war and have shown progress along those lines rather than spend a bunch of time on characters who will be killed off quickly.
I thought he did a pretty good job. I've read other reviews that "poo poo" his performance and also pounce on the way he pronounces the character names but who is to say which narrator is saying them correctly? I mean. Seriously. The names used in this book make it difficult for anyone to read. David Weber did not have to use such bizarre names did he? I'd like to think a new Earth would have a couple of Bob Smiths in it.
This book wasn't a complete waste of time but I did not feel like the story moved forward.
This series could and should have been wrapped up in 3 books. The first two books felt like we were going somewhere but these last four just seem like David is typing just for the sake of typing. Did David answer the question of the missing earpiece? If he did, I missed it. Another reviewer put it nicely when he/she mentioned that this series may require another 40 books or so at this rate to finish. Perhaps Mr. Weber's grandchildren will finish it?
I would say that this book lands firmly in the middle. I like these books but they get a bit long winded.
Merlin is the favorite of course.
I would if it were a new book and not part of another series.
I think there should be a new Rule for Narrators. Especially narrators that are new to a series that is already established.
Rule - You must first listen to the other audio books of this series so that you know how to pronounce the names of people and places correctly. Kevin Collins obviously did not because he pronounces character's names and the names of Cities so differently from the previous narrator that it is very distracting. Every time he says Charis ( correctly pronounced Karis with a hard k sound not the Ch as in charcoal ) it just makes me say it the right way which. Also that lends itself the pronunciation of Charissians and that sounds wrong too. There are many more examples but you get the drift.
Hopefully by the end of the book it won't bug me so much but it does for now.