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
How much did you save by hiring the worst narrator? The worst! Everything is breathy and dramatic and really dramatic and really really dramatic! When he does something as utterly mundane as announcing the location for the action at the beginning of a chapter, e.g. "Palace of Tellisberg, Kingdom of Charis" it's as if he's watching the Hindenberg go up in flames.
And let's not even start on how every narrator for the first 5 books (all 3 narrators) pronounce "Charis" as kar-is, but this idiot pronounces it as chair-is.
Some cynical producer said, "Hey, if they've listened to the first 5 books, they'll listen to the 6th book no matter how bad the narrator is. So let's go bottom-of-the-barrel and save the money." It is extremely disrespectful to loyal listeners.
I've only listened to about 15 minutes of the book and I'm already this disgusted. And I'm not one of those "oh no they changed the narrator I hate this" people; I'm quite willing to entertain changes in narrators during a book series.
omg see above. I guess Kevin Collins works for cheap, because he's listed as the narrator for 188 Audible titles. I, for one, will NEVER buy another book for which he is the narrator. I've listened to perhaps 2000 audiobooks and he is the worst narrator I've ever encountered.
The multiple narrators over the series were already pretty bad, but this one changed the pronunciation of so so many names to be down right jarring. Looking forward to the next two which go back to the original narrator.
Get some one who isn't trying to scream his delivery. I liked Culp much better. Could we get him back? And could we Please get some consistancy on how the names, at least of major characters, are pronounced?
Yes, I don't have a problem with the writing. (except see additional notes).
What it reminds me of is someone performing on a stage, exaggerating emotional delivery so people on the back row can hear it. It works in some places, but Not Every Line!
Yes! I want to read it, but not listen to this guy. Definitely gets marked off my list.
For all of these books, there are way too many trivial details that just make the story drag. I like the details, and in these books at least the author is discussing real technology.
The narrator for this book was awful. He mispronounced half of the main character names. He was 100% over the top earnest and wrought with drama where it was not called for it.
I just cranked the entire thing to 3x speed to get through it. Unfortunately, the plot of this entry into the series was slow, plodding, and predictable.
My advice is to just read the synopsis online and skip directly to book 7.
Brit Abroad. Nearly six hundred Audible books heard, many more than once. Yes I'm hooked.
Yes, but only because it has important plot developments in the overall story. As usual there are a few excellent action sequences, with an awful lot of inner reflections and tutorials on 19th century technology, which is great is you like military or scientific history like me.
The author is rather self-indulgent with all the long internal reflections by characters on their situation. Some of this is OK, but it gets repetitive and tiring. He also uses a few expressions far too frequently (e.g. "and then he sobered") which can start to grate a bit.
This reader almost made me give up. His delivery is certainly clear and precise, but there are two big problems. He speaks every sentence with emotional intensity, and never lets up, which means there is no real contrast between moods or atmospheres. Much worse though is it seems he never bothered to listen to any of the earlier books, so he pronounces almost every name completeley differently from the previous reader. I don't know whether that is just bad preparation, or an oversight by the series publisher, but such an obvious mistake should never be made in today's audiobook industry.
No, it would not work even in a series. A movie would lose all the underlying complexity and would probably not make much sense.
This is the third reader for the story, and definitely my least favorite. Although Collins carries energy in his voice I can't shake the feeling he will start crying in anguish at any moment... Very distracting...
I made the mistake of buying the entire series after listening to Oliver Wyman's wonderful narration in Off Armageddon Reef. The constant narrator changes have been a huge problem, and in this book it hits a new low. As other reviewers have said, the narrator has changed all of the pronunciations used in the previous audio books, and even English words that are spelled conventionally get mangled pronunciations. Also, his intonations and inflections are very annoying.
It was, barely, tolerable, through the initial parts. I consoled myself with the knowledge that I only had to get through this one book and I would reenter the light in the next book which is narrated by Oliver Wyman. However, the very first battle in the book pushed me over the edge to write this review. The narrator gets all worked up in the weirdest places, and when the characters get introspective the narrator gets EXTREMELY heavy handed with his "woe is me" voice. Another issue is that the narrator makes any character which is experiencing even the slightest amount of fear sound like an 8 year old boy at his first Halloween horror house.
The only redeeming point is that during the normal conversational scenes the narrator just talks, like a normal person. If he'd just used that voice throughout it would have been a 100% improvement. But, since he didn't, he gets the 1 star.
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