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Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6 | [David Weber]

Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

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.
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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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    William 10-25-12
    William 10-25-12
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    "Annoying narrator"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I love the series, but this narrator was extremely annoying!

    The narrator obvious did not listen to any of the previous books because he changed the pronunciations of place and character names, a long with some common words that I have never heard pronounced the way he did.

    The narrator also tried to use the pitch and pace of his voice to convey dramatic moments in the story. The effect he actually conveyed was a really bad ham actor.

    I'll be watching for this one to come out with a different narrator.


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    David M 10-23-12
    David M 10-23-12
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    "Another good Safehold story, lousy voice actor!"
    What did you like best about Midst Toil and Tribulation? What did you like least?

    Another great story by Weber; progressing the Safehold saga and building the cast and characters.

    I usually don't post reviews, but I was so disappointed with the voice acting that I had to say something. Jason Collins is new to the series; Mr Collins' only redeeming feature is that he is clearly spoken. His forced breathless delivery is painful to listen to. He does settle down a bit in the later chapters, but the first 8 hours is positively painful. He has not taken the time to prepare for the reading, having obviously not listened to the previous novels. Almost all of the pronunciation of character and place names has shifted, in some cases to the point where the names are not recognisable. Changing the main character Merlin Athrawes’ name from “A-thra-wes” to “ath-RAWs”, Nimue from “NI-mu” to “Nimu-Ey” and the main protagonist state Charis from “CAr(e)-iss” to “CHar-is” , Chisholm from the very correct "Chi-som(e)" to "Chis-HOME". He is also unable to shift his voice sufficiently to differentiate between characters and the chosen accents and voices are not consistent through the work. I wonder if the producer has also changed (or possibly dropped the ball) on this rendition?

    Please bring back Charles Keating or Jason Culp!


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    Patrick Dayton, OH, United States 10-21-12
    Patrick Dayton, OH, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Safehold Series..."

    If you love the safehold series you will love this one too... once you get past the narration problems. I agree with all the previous posts that SOMEONE should have done a continuity check on the pronunciations, I can live with a change of narrators... but seriously. Otherwise he did OK.

    As far as the book goes, it is great, David Weber keeps the action and drama building and I can't wait for the next one. I can't beleive people are complaining about the pace of the story... I hope the series eventually gets back to the Gbaba, but the whole point of the story is the evolution of the new human history and it is exciting to listen to it happen.

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    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 10-19-12
    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 10-19-12 Member Since 2001

    Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.

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    "Why the new narrator?!?"

    The story progresses well in this latest installment, and there is a good amount of plot development, with a greater focus on land battles than the naval battles of previous volumes.

    The narrator might be tolerable enough, he has a good range of voices and does a good job adding some "character" to the various individuals, especially with the cast of hundreds that Weber typically has in these books.

    However, I cannot for the life of me understand why the narrator had to change the accents, voices, and even the prononciations of each of the characters. I can understand a shift in tone with a new narrator, but I winced each time I heard him butcher the prononciation of each word, whether the name of the countries, or the names of the characters. Did he not even listen to the previous volumes to get a bit of consistancy? That was just inexcusable. Where were the producers?

    I have listened to the entire series from the beginning on audiobook, and while the two previous narrators were both good, the shift in accents for the main characters was jarring enough when switching between the first and second narrators. With the shift again with the third narrator, it very much undermines the relationship that we listeners have built with the main characters, and the change in how the names are pronounced (Nimoo to Nimoway - phonetically), etc is very jarring.

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    melissa 10-16-12
    melissa 10-16-12
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    "Really?!?"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Maybe. It depends on the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have listened to the previous books to get pronounciation correct.


    Was Midst Toil and Tribulation worth the listening time?

    I am not sure. It was very grating to the ear.


    Any additional comments?

    Have the narrator listen to the previous books and rerecord. When the name of main characters and places are pronounced differently after five previous books, it is very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 10-15-12
    Benjamin 10-15-12

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    "I can't listen to this"
    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    I loved the first five books of the series, and was eagerly awaiting the next installment. Only to find the narrator had been changed and not for the better.The quality of the narration is extremely poor. It was rushed, flat and pronunciation differed from previous books.Why do this? I can't be the only reader alienated by this.


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    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 10-15-12
    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 10-15-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Going Downhill Fast"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    I'm not ready to abandon David Weber, but I am very disappointed. I may abandon this series though.


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    The lack of plot progress and the endless discussion of technology and geography. A few key discussion would be fun, but I started to feel like a history student. Also, there got to be so many characters and plot threads that I lost track. Worse, I didn't really care about most of them anyway n


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was fine. Nothing special, but acceptable. I think some of the other reviewers were a bit hard on him.


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

    The endless technology discussions and troop movement discussions and geography discussions -- you get the point. It was talk, talk, talk and we needed action.


    Any additional comments?

    This series could have been so awesome! I am just frustrated that the potential has been wasted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 10-14-12
    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Not up to par rather Fluffy."

    With a new narrator some of the pronunciation was a little off from what I was expecting but the narration was excellent even so. The story was very slow to get going and then spent a great deal of time not really talking about much of importance to the story. There was some interesting plot details. The growth and importance of an industrial base to a war is an interesting study.

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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 10-10-12
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "narrator needs to learn names and places"

    The story is great and action packed. However, narrator would have gotten a "5" if he just would had learned the correct way to pronounce most the names and places. Hopefully, this will be done before the next book comes out. I actually blame the narrator issues on the producer/director.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gerard Waddinxveen, Netherlands 10-09-12
    gerard Waddinxveen, Netherlands 10-09-12 Member Since 2014

    As a twenty year audiobook Listener I'm good at it, quite good

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    "Why change the pronunciation of names & locations"
    Where does Midst Toil and Tribulation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic Book , Great story, ranks very high.


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

    Tolkiens Lord of the Rings , Great storyline with dept and intrigue and many , many sub-plots


    Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Oliver Wyman , Jason Culp and Charles Keating (readers of safehold part 1 to 5 ) did a far beter job than Kevin T. Collins he manhandels the pronunciation of names and locations so every time he mis-articulates a word je fall out of the storyline to think "Who or what does he mean"
    It's a great shame of a fantastic book to be so mis(t)reated :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES is was


    Any additional comments?

    Great book by my favorite writer but somehow , somebody found Kevin T. Collins a good choice for a reader , he might be , but not this time.

    Sorry my native language is dutch , but i try it in any case.

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