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Gregory

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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
    (643)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (585)

    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"
    "Good story, but needs consistency in narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Midst Toil and Tribulation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've enjoyed the Safehold books immensely. I like seeing the small (and sometimes large) changes in technology tip the power balance in the world


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

    The rest of the Safehold books, though this one suffers from the feeling that despite everyone's efforts, nothing much changed


    How could the performance have been better?

    The recording company desperately needs to provide some consistency in narration. From book to book, the pronunciation of names varies widely as do the accents for various nations. If they cannot get the same author throughout, they could at least make him listen to the previous narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The rise of the ironclads


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  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Great book, stupid ending"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book thoroughly,right up to the ending. I liked Weber's take that Earth would not necessarily be a cakewalk to conquer. It seemed like he wrote himself into a corner that he couldn't get himself out of without some truly stupid deus ex machina.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

    Paul W. Johnson says: "worth the listen"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    Friedman does a great job in highlighting the changes that are shaping our world. While the book was revised as recently as 2007, there are many references that are a bit out of date, which only proves his thesis about how technology accelerates the technology.

    I write this review on an online audiobook site for a book I listened to on my phone, using the phone to write the review from the beach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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