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 was looking forward to this one, but I couldn't take it after 30 minutes of some of the worst narration of any book I've ever heard (had an audible account since 2004) I stopped listening. It's hard for me to read books these days, but I guess I'll have to do that or skip this one. There's no way I could make it through 28 hours of that. Heres to hopping the fourth narrator for the series is better.
The story was standard Weber, like it or hate it. The Narrator was horrible. He sounded like a first-year drama student attempting to sound dramatic. Everything is spoken with an over-emphasized breathless affectation that drove me nuts. The huge breaths between every sentence only add to the discordant nature of his speech. Factual or descriptive lines are delivered in the tone of an impassioned dramatic speech. Terrible, just terrible. If he narrates the next book, I'm buying the hardcover and not the audiobook.
I thought it had a good storyline. I liked the budding romance between Hektor and Irys.
NO, I wouldn't want to listen to another narration by Kevin T. Collins. I found his voice whiney and extremely annoying at times especially with the misprounciation of names and words as established in previous books of this series. It got a little better as the story continued or else I became more innured to his presentation.
This series started out exciting...now it seems to be mired down in a bog! Just lke the Wheel of Time, several of the books could have been deleted, or at least condensed into one.
I perferred Jason Culp. It is difficult for me to enjoy a new narrator.
I wish David Weber would go back to what made the book exciting, and get away from his enjoyment of "playing civil war"!
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
The rest of the Safehold books, though this one suffers from the feeling that despite everyone's efforts, nothing much changed
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.
The rise of the ironclads
The narration was terrible . For this reader not to have listen to the prior novels and used the same names as the prior narrators was just arrogant . Every one connected with this production should be fired
Bring back Oliver Wyman. Kevin Collins ruined this for me.
When I first heard Kevin crying wining tone of over acting.
anger and disappointment
I've read the previous 5 books in the series, and enjoyed them. But this one was just battle after battle without any plot. Disclaimer: I don't read this series because I'm super interested in battles. I started the series because it was a great concept and had compelling characters. In the earlier books, I was willing to sit through the intermittent battle scenes until I could get back to the plot. This book was profoundly disappointing for me. But, if you are a battle buff, you will probably like it.
Maybe, it would depend on if there is more plot in future books. For this book, I wish I had just read the cliff notes version.
The previous books in the safehold series are based on sea battles. Well, the time has come for them to start their land campagin which is the main focus of this book. Good story but it is somewhat easy to get confused on the various places and peoples introduced in this book.
He could have listened to previous books in the series in order to get the pronunciation of names and places to match other readings.
Like How Firm a Foundation, the writing rescues the reading.
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