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
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!
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.
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.
Omit redundant details.
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 :-)
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.
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!
I agree with the other reviews, I have listened to all 6 books back to back, and this guy is Horrible! Did he even listen to any of the previous books? Changing pronunciations, accents, (which he has no ability at) over all I found his energy totally exhausting!
As to the author, I may try Mr. Weber again, but it will not be soon. I enjoyed the 1st book, it set up an fascinating storyline... But by the 2nd, it feels like he was being paid by the word.... My god man, get to the point! I love a good long narrative read, but this has been truly stupidly too much. Also this is a science fiction novel, yes? If I wanted a fictional account of either religious history, or the evolution of arms and sailing ships, I would have gone to better novels!
To top it all off, if you can't at least come to some conclusion after 6 very long books, please let us know before we get through 4 of them. I tried to be fair, and give this series the benefit of the doubt, so I read them all... Egads.. I am truely disappointed, and very frustrated. I really would have loved to see how it would end, the arch angels coming back, the Gababa, showing up, oh I don't know, the science in the science fiction... But I won't. By the time Weber gets around to completing this saga, I'll be 90, (I'm only 50 now), and I won't give a damn!
I enjoy a good read, tough to do while driving.
Kevin Collins does a great job, it would be 100% if if pronounced the names of people and places the same way as the first 5 books. It definitely didn't diminish the story but it came to mind every time he pronounced the CH proper nouns as in "charlie" instead of "character". I'm not anal enough to be too bothered but as I said, it came to mind often when the Empress and the Empire's name sound different. If he read the first five books, I would be just as distracted by the change to the sound. I wait impatiently for the next book.
It has great continuity, it brings Peter Hamilton's Void series to mind, to my mind anyway.
I've read or listened to all of David Weber's work, he keeps me occupied.
i have listened to all of the series the last book was ruined by Charles Keating
this book was a much better performance by Kevin T. Collins he did an ok job i really wish
Oliver Wyman could have read the whole series
I actually like Keven Collins the narrater but not this time. Kevin listen to a previous book or two for the tone of the book and pronunciation. You were so over the top and messed up simple words, We deserved better from you David and the publisher.
It did not
Homework is important
When you change a narrator twice is a series with characters we love. You should care more about the people who buy your books
No,the narrator was so bad that he took an average story and made it very hard to even complete listening. It's a new narrator and he didn't pronounce names correctly making me figure out who he was reading about. You'd think a new narrator would have enough sense to listen to the previous narrator of a series so at least he pronounces the names the same. Also his "voices" pretty much all sounded the same giving very little "life" to the charachters.
The ending because it was finally over. Although I did like the coming back to life of one person.
see my comments above. Please bring back the "old" narrator. This narrator was really really bad. Only my love of the series kept me listening with the hope that the next book won't have this narrator.
Moments that could have been very moving weren't because of the crappy voices and acting of the narrator.
I feel I have to comment, and put a little context.
The Series: is excellent and well written, however it does tend to drag a little, I know this era is where most of the meat will be, but at the rate he's going it will take him about 30 books just to take over safehold never mind the G-baba
The Narration: I understand it is hard to keep the same narrator through an entire series like this, I imagine its really tough to schedule, but for god's sake do a professional job of it. The first narrator sets the tone and all others must honor that tone or it will turn readers off. The switch from first to second narrator was not too bad, most pronunciations, accents and inflection were similar, the only criticism is that the second narrator is obviously far far older then the first and it throws you a bit, especially when the vast majority of the characters are supposed to be very young. Lastly the latest narrator Kevin Collins should never have been allowed to narrate anything, he has done no research he listened to none of the previous books to understand pronunciation, and he over acts in the extreme, it does not matter if he is listing a dinner menu everything is of earth shattering importance, I don't want to crush the poor guy but you really should burn this copy re-do the whole book six with the first narrator and send a new copy to every poor soul who had the poor judgement to buy this thing. To be fair it is in no way all his fault, there are producers, recording techs and god knows how many other people involved in these recordings and Weber himself, were none of them paying any attention to this, do we matter so little, for pete's sake he pronounced just about every character and place completely differently then anyone else!
I will listen to the rest of the book since I usually listen to them during my commute and I just want to get this over with but I positively grit my teeth through the whole thing, I wish Merlin Athross??? could just PICA(apparently now pronounced Pike-A, instead of Peak-A) this thing better.
Lastly i'm not kidding when I say this Macmillian Audio, Audible and David Weber should apologize for this utter disaster ASAP, this is just not right.
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