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
Maybe. It depends on the narrator.
The narrator could have listened to the previous books to get pronounciation correct.
I am not sure. It was very grating to the ear.
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.
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.
I'm not ready to abandon David Weber, but I am very disappointed. I may abandon this series though.
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
The narrator was fine. Nothing special, but acceptable. I think some of the other reviewers were a bit hard on him.
The endless technology discussions and troop movement discussions and geography discussions -- you get the point. It was talk, talk, talk and we needed action.
This series could have been so awesome! I am just frustrated that the potential has been wasted.
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.
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.
As a twenty year audiobook Listener I'm good at it, quite good
Fantastic Book , Great story, ranks very high.
Tolkiens Lord of the Rings , Great storyline with dept and intrigue and many , many sub-plots
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 :-)
YES is was
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.
I will preface by saying that I was initially put off reading this series in print because the spelling conventions Weber uses, while clever, were so distracting they made it very difficult to get into the story. That's the main reason why I decided to try them in audio form. So, I expect a fair amount of pronunciation shift between one narrator and another. It's annoying, but I deal. Unfortunately, in this case it's combined with a breathless, over-the-top style that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the tone of the passage being read.
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I was looking forward to this book. However it was a bit of a let down
The war with the Church of God was a bit to much. I didn't need to know how all of the battles brutally killed people on both sides. I didn't need to know the in depth discussion of bore pressures etc. about the guns. There were many threads left hanging and I found that to be frustrating. I hope the next book doesn't take another year to come out. I could easily loose interest in the series and just stop reading them. This book felt like a filler book just to keep the readers on the hook, but I just might spit the hook out.
For one the reader should have at least made an attempt to get a sense of pronunciations of names that previous readers had established. And for two, the reader doesn't take advantage of the compression the engineers use. The simulated shouting he attempts is downright embarrassing.
The story is the only enjoyable part of what Audible and McMillian have offered up. Buy the book and sit down for a good read but since Audible and McMillian have refused to listen to their readers/listeners I suggest that you avoid this offering as it will give you little joy. The "so called" publishers have used a fourth narrator on this series and have yet to offer a reason why. They started with an incredibly tallented reader in Mr. Oliver Wyman and after two books switched to Jason Culp. Mr Culp was a shock because his reading felt wrong. Then after Mr. Culp we got Mr. Keating. Let's just say that my enjoyment went from south of good to what the heck are these morons doing to David Weber's story?
I hated the fact that he pronounced things wrong and was the fourth performer in six books. This would never have stood for any other series of books, why is it standing for this series?
Switch publishers Mr. Weber If they won't listen to you when you make comments then DROP them and site attempted destruction of your work product, and credibility.
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