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
Drama. Most of us have the sense to think that pouring tea or talking about economic affairs does not require the same gut-wrenching dramatic reading as, say, a burning orphanage. The narrator chosen for this audiobook sadly does not. Imagine William Shatner in his overacting prime without the charmingly ill-placed dramatic pauses.
The narrator's preparation for this book was also apparently zero, as he unilaterally changed the pronunciations for around eighty percent of the series-specific names and words. Everyone of the uncountable linguistic missteps pulled me out of the enjoyment of the story and made the experience that much less enjoyable.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the narrator needs to be put to sleep. Me too for suffering through this nonsense. This is my sixth trip to the plate with this group. I don't think that speaks well for me. I like the story. I think both the author and the producer/director are running out of steam for the project. And the narrator? Absolutely awful. The narrator's talents would be better served narrating a transcript of the breathless lunchroom plotting of a cabal of junior high school girls.
Good story. Breathless, over-dramatic narrator who mispronounces many words. This series has been plagued by a constant changing of narrators (none have yet voiced more than two books in a row). Fortunately, most of the narrators have been acceptable. This one wasn't.
This is the book that taught me the importance of listening to the audio sample before buying the audiobook. I don't think I'd buy even another audiobook in this series, which I'm pretty invested in, if he's the one reading it.
title kind of says it all. is mirror everyone else's opinion and review here.
This man is probably great in other types of books, but it seems sci-fi is beyond him. For instance, he calls wyverns "wi(f) verns--leave out the f. Archbishop Michael (I don't know how they spell it in the book), he pronounces Mickel--yes, like nickel.
I stay lost the way he pronounces things, so I pick a place, and hope I'm a right.
This narrator seems not to understand the principle of dialects, that's the only word I can think of now. Almost everyone spoke with the same accent-- his, apparently.
The book is good so far. This series has a notable lack of women, but the main characters are strong women, with good characters helping a strong young woman, older than her years, grow and make the right choices. Excellent role models for young women.
Let me first say I enjoy David Weber's books. I really like the story of this series too, but David Weber has this habit of going into way more detail about things like a sailing a ship or how a firearm works. I appreciated it in Honor Harrington series because I don't know about space ships and their technology from his eyes, but we do live on planet earth with the history of sailing and firearms. This book we also have a new narrator for the series and if he would have been the reader from the first book I wouldn't have had a problem, but he pronounces multiple names differently from the previous narrator. After all the previous books you get used the name of the main country in the story being pronounced one way and it is very annoying to have it pronounced a new way. I would think a producer somewhere along the making of this audio book would have corrected this. I still enjoy the overall story but think a little editing and consistency in the narrator is in order.
Yes, for David Weber [he's one of my favorite authors] but might hesitate if Mr. Collins is narrating. Mr Collins "tries too hard" to bring theatrical drama to his narration. I can only speak for myself but the narration has the feel of overacting and the change from a loud voice to a whisper is disconcerting. I typically listen to audio books while driving or doing mundane chores and it is hard to follow his narration without full concentrating on just listening. Mr. Collins try less hard for drama much of the drama is in the context of the words and do not require a lot more for emphasis. Also I do not feel Mr Collins listened to any of the previous narrations as his pronunciations are greatly different, even with main character names, which can be confusing. This is the 6th book in a series and I would think the narrator should not be changing things up at this point.
Yes, the narrator made it difficult to follow what is going on.
What to say... The honor Harrington series is excellent. I'm finishing this one because I started it. Too much drinking I about the minutia of this or that technological advancement. Not enough story. Not enough depth. Not enough action. This series it's tired and very boring. I can't wait for it to end. Which is a shame because it had such potential.
Kevin T Colins makes the book feel rushed and the characters sound panicked all the time. I feel that if you are going to narrate a book from the middle of a series you should at the very least listen to the previous narrators to get a feel for the characters, Kevin ruins many of the characters and the flow of the book..
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