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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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    John United States 09-27-12
    John United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Worthwhile Story Poorly Narrated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Toil and Tribulation is a worthwhile continuation of the Safehold saga. Some surprises are included in the story, and there is much of the industrial, military, diplomatic, and theological complexity for which this series has become known. At times, though, complexity gives way to tedium. Hence four stars and not five. The story is worth listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth and depth of military history and tactics that are presented. I recognize this is an acquired taste, however, and so this tale may not be for everyone.


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

    The narration is carelessly done. Pronunciations from previous volumes and their narrations are nearly unrecognizable. There is no attempt at using English and other accents to distinguish various ethnic groups as done so well in previous volumes. Worst of all, even English words such as adjutant are badly mispronounced. If the producers of the next volume can't do better than this, I'll just buy the book and be donewith it. Please bring back Oliver Wyman or Jason Culp.


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

    No movie could be made long enough to do the Safehold series any justice.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T.H. Orem, UT, United States 09-25-12
    T.H. Orem, UT, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Unforgivably Poor Narrator Preparation!!!"

    After 3 chapters I am giving up. The narrator and the Audible editor have either never listened to the pronunciations from all the previous books in the series... Or were just pathetically lazy!

    Almost every name and place is mispronounced. In an audio book series this is a mortal sin.

    I will read the book instead.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 06-29-14
    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 06-29-14
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    "Sigh. But I keep reading..."

    Like most of the Safehold books (and, in fact, like pretty much everything David Weber writes these days), this is an excellent 500 page book hiding inside a 1000 pages of blather. (or, since this is the audio version, it's an excellent 14 hour book that you need to listen to 28 hours to find.) We do have lots of blowing things up, but also way too much of Merlin wringing his hands and flagellating himself, while there isn't nearly enough development of some of the other characters. But like so many others, I seem to be addicted enough to keep reading.

    The narrator for this book, Kevin T. Collins, is the 4th narrator in the 6 books to this point. And, sadly, I'd have to say it isn't one of his better efforts. It's not _bad_, but way too "dramatic" when it shouldn't be. But at least the pacing is, mostly, pretty good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stephens City, VA, United States 03-04-14
    Michael Stephens City, VA, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator needs to pull it back about ten notches."
    What did you like best about Midst Toil and Tribulation? What did you like least?

    Fantastic series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nevermind he can't pronounce anything correctly. He just can't stop pushing so much drama into every. Single. Word.
    People making fun of hardcore Shakespearean actors don't cheese this hard.


    Was Midst Toil and Tribulation worth the listening time?

    I couldn't finish it. The narrator made it too cringe-worthy.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 02-23-14
    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 02-23-14
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    "Incompetent narrator!"
    Would you listen to Midst Toil and Tribulation again? Why?

    Yes, inspite of the nearly illiterate narrator who not only mispronounces all of the names but also some common English words. The story is too good not to reread/relisten, but I have considered buying the ebook to avoid this narrator. I would have boycotted the next Audible book in the series if you had used the same narrator.


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

    When Princess Iris admits that she has been converted to the reformed church.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He mispronounced most of the names whose pronunciations had been long-established and familiar in the 5 previous books in this series. He also mispronounced quite a few common English words, making his reading sound like a third grader's at times.
    PLEASE HAVE THIS BOOK RERECORDED, using the narrator of Like a Mighty. Army.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    World War on Mankind's Last Refuge!


    Any additional comments?

    When you change narrators in a series, the new narrator should be . required to listen toprevious books in the series, especially sci fi stories which usually have made up names in them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Akron, OH, United States 02-04-14
    Jane Akron, OH, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst. Reader. Ever."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was fine and I am enjoying the series. This reader, however, sounded like Judy Garland on speed in the Wizard of Oz. Breathless! Concerned! Earnest! Excited! Intense! And emotions without congruity to the situation.


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

    I got a volunteer reading from a southern library by 4 different readers of Methuselah's Children. This was minimally better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read it out loud and some idiot recorded it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance at the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Playing this through the Audible android app at 1.25 x speed helped. It was the only way I got through it. DELIGHTED to see the first reader return for book 7. I will always look for this reader and avoid him in the future. He had done 210 books and I cannot for the life of me imagine why.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    01-06-14
    01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book in the series, horrible narrator"
    Would you listen to Midst Toil and Tribulation again? Why?

    No, the narrator was terrible. Why would you switch narrators so far into the series?


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

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    If Collins is the narrator for the next book I'll be going to the library and getting the hard copy and not getting the audiobook!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Clackamas, OR, United States 12-09-13
    Dallas Clackamas, OR, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Re-record this novel with a different narrator!"
    What did you like best about Midst Toil and Tribulation? What did you like least?

    Continuation of a good story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Changed the pronuciation of virtually every character & place name from previous series narrators. Narrator reads EVERY LINE with same breathy, exaggerated damatization. Struggled through 3 chapters, unable to listen for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Will finish READING novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Won't purchase anything with this narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Southern NH, USA 08-31-13
    Amazon Customer Southern NH, USA 08-31-13
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    "Love the series, HATE the narration!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I couldn't stand the narration and wish I had actually listened to the preview before I wasted a credit on this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have listened, even briefly, to the previous books in the series to learn how places and names were pronounced. A more measured pace to his speaking would have helped greatly, he sounds extremely wound up.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this audiobook, just buy it in print or ebook format and read it instead - I think even a text-to-speech app would sound better!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan D Santa Maria, CA United States 08-22-13
    Susan D Santa Maria, CA United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Overly dramatic much?!!!"
    What disappointed you about Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    The narrator. Was his copy given to him in all capital letters? I know he is a man but everything was so dramatic it felt like a hormonal teenager telling the story. The only thing it lacked was the foot stomping and door slamming.It is bad enough to have the accents of the characters change from book to book but could someone please make sure the names of characters and countries are pronounced the same?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have someone else read it. Heck, hire Rosanne Barr.


    Any additional comments?

    I like David Webber's books overall. I just wish he would move the plot along a bit faster.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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