Tone down the sound effects. They caused me pain in some spots since I was using earphones.
It was typical Battletech. If you read the series when it came out, you know what I mean.
The narrator was good. It was the sound effects that were a problem. They did enhance the performance at times but they just flat out played over the narrator to often.
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.
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