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. Vicar Clytahn of the Church of God at harvest time, King Cayleb of Charis, his queen Sharleyan, and Merlin Arthawes will have their hands full trying to stave off wholesale starvation in Siddermark while at the same time shipping in enough land combat units to fend off the "volunteers" from the Church's Temple Lands. And while Vicar Clyntahn is hailed in the Church for his boldness and audacity, there are those who remember how dependent Church power is on money from Siddermark...and who wonder what will happen if Siddermark starves.
Bursting with vivid invention and the sweep of lived history, Midst Toil and Tribulation will build its series' audience to a new level.
©2012 David Weber (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I wouldn't recommend this particular audiobook unless the person had not listened to the previous books in the series. The difference between the narrators was really noticeable in this book. I ended up reading this book instead of listening.
How the various story lines worked together.
Everything; I don't think he listened to the previous narrators to gain an understanding of how they pronounced names to keep the series as cohesive as possible so that the change in narrators was not so jarring.
I hope audible never uses Mr. Collins for a book I want to listen to again. His Narration was almost painful to listen to at times. Poor pronunciation, poor cadence, lack of ability to match his dynamics to the mood of the story at the time.
I found this series in April and have been working my way through them rather quickly since I just finished 6 in the middle of June. The story is compelling and the premise is wonderful. But Mr. Weber is becoming bogged down in his writing with too many arcs and too little progress.
I have just downloaded book 7 and I'll hang in there for another book or too but I think Mr. Weber would do us all a favor if he set a deadline (2 books more, 3 books more and committed to closing out the story). I quit Jordan because he couldn't progress the story anymore. I remember 1 book covering a day or 2.
There are some conclusions that I (and I'm sure many others would like to see). We all want to see Clyntahn get everything he so richly deserves along with many other inquisitors. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to find out what is under the temple and what the return of the Archangels really means.
Back the Narrator - I would be ever so grateful if they would bring back Oliver Wyman but I have to say that Charles Keating was my favorite. I could listen to his narration all day long and not tire (And I did - because I listened to How Firm a Foundation while on an all day car ride).
I still recommend the story but it needs to move a little faster.
I am quite frustrated with the producers for changing narrators so many times on this series. The first two books were narrated by Oliver Wyman who I feel did a very good job bringing the characters to life. The sent two books were narrated by Jason Culp who was different than Oliver Wyman, but still quite good. That brings us to the fifth book. The fifth book was narrated by Charles Keating who I was literally concerned may pass away during the recording of the book. He clearly has a lot of experience, but his voice makes all the characters sound to in their mid 70s. His inability to clearly distinguish vocal qualities made it difficult to follow at times, but overall a sleepy book to listen to. Now the sixth book kind of has me reeling. Kevin T. Collins speaks with such forcefulness and overacts points that call for just speaking, not melodramatic inflection that makes you feel your head may explode. After the first fifteen minutes listening to Kevin T. Collins I am finding myself looking forward to a break to allow my blood pressure to come back down.
I am truly looking forward to book 7 and Oliver Wyman's performance. I am thoroughly enjoying the series, and think that David Webber makes even the non-action sections of the book interesting. I could do with a little less of the recaps of the PICA abilities though.
Doubtful, the reader seems like he is on the edge of succumbing to the vapors at any minute
Not if I can avoid it
If it is necessary to change readers in the middle of a series at least make the effort to make sure the new guy pronounces the names of the characters the same as in the previous volumes. This guy sounds like some kind of failed Shakespearian wannabe.
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The story in itself was ok, as part of an ongoing series. So, in that respect it was a book for me.
On the other hand.
Anybody enjoying a hyped up voice. Or anybody liking a hiss in every word. It's difficult to anwers the basic question here. I'll ask other people listening to audiobooks.
The first seconds, to register the narrators voice and the way it was used. At first skipping seconds, and then chapters, it didn't change. Albeit clear and very comprehensible -my mother language ain't English- it just kept on irritating my ears and nerves.
No. Unless the style changes hugely, or I get payed royaly. And I have to admit, time is money. And I have already a lack of time, that's why I use audiobooks to "multitask". Driving long stretches for example, or other tasks that are done on automatic pilot.
If I would do that , the idea of an unabridged audiobook would go down the drain. And in an ongoing series of the magnitude of Safehold, it would be "blasfemous". I have read the book itself in Mobi format, and I can't express my dissappointment in this performance.
A total waste of my credit.
I was a platinum member. Now I'm a gold member. Will I be that in the forseeable future?
It's an ok installment. I wanted more progress in the plot. The narrator was TERRIBLE.
It was all around terrible. He messed up names and mispronounced regular English words. He didn't bother listening to previous books. He should never read another book, ever.
Treading water. When you get a series that has such breadth and scope such as the Safehold series (in particular when you are talking about a book that spans the entire world where the fastest objects are moving at around 20mph) you sometimes have a book where most of the story is spent getting things tidied up from the last book and preparing the ground for the next. Midst Toil and Tribulation is one of those rebuilding books.
Sure, some things happened. Fights occurred, progress was made, troops were moving across the world. But in the end you find yourself wanting, waiting for the next book because that is when the interesting stuff is going to happen. I appreciate the series and look forward to the next but this book just whets your appetite for the next book, leaving you unfulfilled and wanting.
A different narrator please. The previous narrators in this series have not been spectacular, but I could look past them because I loved the story so much. This was the straw that broke the camel's back however.
I will avoid all works by this narrator. I love to have the narrators assume the emotions and voices of the characters. However, this was terribly over-acted to the point that I could not listen to the book.
I have listened to all the books in this series and regret that because of the narration I cannot continue. I hope they make a better choice in the future. Perhaps I'll find time to read this one in print some day.
The narrator. In general this book was up to the quality I would expect from David Weber.
From the very beginning every thing was done in a style I can only characterize as over acting and over dramatization. In all honesty if he narrates any further volumes in this series I highly doubt that I would select them. Also any other books that are narrated by Mr. Collins are off my list. Mispronunciation seems to be another of his failings.
Terrible editing and narration. The narrator pronounces almost all names different from all the previous books. Why didn't he listen to some of the previous book to understand how the names were pronounced? And, why didn't the editors correct this! Poor, poor, poor job! Good story, but it's lost in the miserable reading!
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