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  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (545)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
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    What did you love best about Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    The book captured my attention well and brought out the full range of emotion that great books do.

    Although a few minor errors may exist, it definitely flowed felt better edited than some of the books in the middle of this series. Weber's trademark detail didn't feel overly drawn out and this book lacked some of the noticeably excessive repetition some of the previous books in the series had.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found the narrator is a little too intense at the start of the book and to be honest, I disliked him to begin with. However, as the story developed and I became more accustomed to the "alternative" pronunciation of certain names and places, I grew to like him and his emotional intensity more and more.

    In the end however, the variation between characters voices isn't quite as wide or distinctive as I might expect from some reading Weber and he fails to present unique accents between realms as clearly as some of the previous narrators.

    ** If the audiobook publisher should by some chance read through these reviews, I'll leave a few recommendations **

    - Please stop changing the narrator and stick with the Kevin T. Collins. The narrator heavily influences how characters come across and when they speak with different voices in every book it creates a disconnected sense of frustration in listeners.

    - Please establish a guide for pronunciation and accents and stick with it. There's no reason to change the sound of names and places halfway through the series like this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is far too long to listen to in one sitting however it doesn't feel overly long and I felt myself wishing there were more to it as I whittled down the time remaining.


    Any additional comments?

    With the possible exception of the first book, this is by far my favorite of the series so far and I am eagerly looking forward to the the development of both characters and the story in the next few books.

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