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  • Battletech: Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky: Volume One)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill

    The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.

    SYNAUBREY says: "If you read the book first you will be fine"
    "Good Battletech but watch out for sound effects!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Tone down the sound effects. They caused me pain in some spots since I was using earphones.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was typical Battletech. If you read the series when it came out, you know what I mean.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.

    Did Battletech inspire you to do anything?


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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

    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"
    "A good book spoiled!"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    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!

    What other book might you compare Midst Toil and Tribulation to and why?

    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.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.

    Was Midst Toil and Tribulation worth the listening time?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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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