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Midst Toil and Tribulation Audiobook

Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Danny Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-17-14
    Danny Boca Raton, FL, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Stop Changing Readers in the middle of a series"
    Would you listen to Midst Toil and Tribulation again? Why?

    Doubtful, the reader seems like he is on the edge of succumbing to the vapors at any minute


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    Not if I can avoid it


    Any additional comments?

    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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    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 06-22-13
    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 06-22-13 Member Since 2013

    A SciFi fan, roboteer and inventor. With a personal library over 2000 real books, 20 gig of bought Ebooks,and a gold membership here.

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    "Should a series keep 1 narrator?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    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 you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    rakker United States 06-01-13
    rakker United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2006

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    "How spoken language changes - part two"
    Where does Midst Toil and Tribulation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's an ok installment. I wanted more progress in the plot. The narrator was TERRIBLE.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    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.


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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-24-13
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-24-13 Member Since 2004

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    "A transition book"

    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.

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    MICHAEL W JENNINGS Florida, USA 04-10-13
    MICHAEL W JENNINGS Florida, USA 04-10-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Horrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin T. Collins’s performances?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dale 04-02-13
    Dale 04-02-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Narrator worst over actor of this or any year"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. In general this book was up to the quality I would expect from David Weber.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


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    Kim Middletown, Vatican City State (Holy See) 03-19-13
    Kim Middletown, Vatican City State (Holy See) 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story - Terrible Narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    gregory San Clemente, CA, United States 03-07-13
    gregory San Clemente, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Please Bring Oliver Wyman Back!"

    Dreadful narration, Mr. Collins' histrionic and melodramatic delivery really detracts from the story. I have to say I was mildly miffed when Charles Keating took over because of the discontinuity, however, I have no gripes at all regarding his narration, then this. If there isn't better narration on the next installment I'm going to have problems with purchasing anything again from Macmillan Audio.

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    Photog 02-26-13
    Photog 02-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Huge fan of Science Fiction. hard science, first contact, adventure, implausible technology, all of it! I also enjoy travel books, and the occasional biography. But SciFi is my favorite form of escape.

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    "A necessary step towards the ultimate conclusion"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Absolutely!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Omit redundant details.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Well, he pronounced the character names a little too accurately for my taste. Weber purposely misspells all the names on Safehold so that they sound similar to common english names, but I always read them like common names, it was a little offputting to hear the narrator rigidly adhere to the "proper" annunciation, no matter how torturous :-)


    Do you think Midst Toil and Tribulation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, this book is just a chapter in the entire story. It is an exceedingly LONG, boring, redundantly depicted and narrated chapter, but nonetheless, its required reading if you are to finish the Safehold series.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, this book moves slowly, and has lots of unnecessary and redundant detail. David Weber seems to forget that his audience that has worked it's way through half a dozen of these massive books is probably smart enough not to have to have a flintlock rifle or steam ship described in excruciating detail every 5 pages. We get it!

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    Stephen adelaide, Australia 02-23-13
    Stephen adelaide, Australia 02-23-13
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    "disappointing"
    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    this book was made up of a bit of this and a bit of that ,from past works


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