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Midst Toil and Tribulation Audiobook

Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Doug Belcher 12-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Safehold Story Continues"
    What did you love best about Midst Toil and Tribulation?

    I really enjoy the very long arc of the story spanning multiple books, it allows the author to explore and describe side aspects of this universe.


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

    I enjoyed the extended description of the conception, creation, and use of the "ironsides", of course it was most enjoyable to read the first engagement and how well they worked out. The author continues to give a good balance to the competing sides of the conflict and now that the "ironsides" has engaged in battle, I'm looking for to see how he has the Temple react.


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

    very little. If this were the first book I heard I might be more forgiving, however his pronunciations of so many words were so different from previous narrators that it was constantly pulling me out of the story. It was extremely jarring and unpleasant. He also did not seem to create separate personalities for the different characters like Oliver Wyman did.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For 28 hours? I'm sorry but there is no book of this length I know of that I would be able to listen to in one sitting.


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    Timothy Knox 11-07-14
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    "Really learn the words"

    Okay, the reading Charles Keating gave for "How Firm a Foundation" was disappointing, compared to the previous efforts by Oliver Wyman and Jason Culp, but at least he got the main character's name and the Empire of Charis' name right. Kevin T. Collins pronounces Charis with the ch from cheese rather the hard c adopted by ALL the other readers. Every other reader makes Athrawes a three syllable name, but not KTC. But where every other reader gave Nimue only two, there's where he chose to add the syllable stolen from Athrawes. Heck, he even changes the pronunciation of PICA. It really keeps me from enjoying an audiobook when I am constantly cringing in my mind every time the reader mispronounces the names of main characters and places.

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    Joshua 10-31-14
    Joshua 10-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought the last narrirator was bad... I was wrong"
    Any additional comments?

    have toughly enjoyed this series, up until the last two books. The story line is fine, but where do they find these narrators? The last one was tolerable, but this one makes me want to beat my head against the table.... They need to stop changing them out!

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    t snob 08-28-14
    t snob 08-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "agree with previously posted criticism of narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator that listens to previous narrative of series. ..or at least recognizes continuity of people. Place. .things. .not read so breathy...and yeah...A story that doesn't fall off a cliff


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    see previous


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

    Nope


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

    dissatisfaction


    Any additional comments?

    Agreed with others about padding content..

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    Amazon Customer 08-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This guy absolutely ruined the whole book - his breathy, hyper narration style clashes horribly with David Weber's series. He hasn't even had the basic common sense to check on previous pronunciations of names, places etc. in the other FIVE books, and his clashing mispronunciations had me ready to quit on a book by one of my favourite authors - no easy achievement! I will certainly NEVER buy any book which has him as a narrator. If you haven't already bought this as an audiobook, don't bother - keep up with the series by getting the kindle version!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Anybody else narrating would have been better!


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    Brent Duncan 07-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, terrible narrator."
    What would have made Midst Toil and Tribulation better?

    Of all the audiobooks I've listened to, this one is the worst I've bought. The story is great and a good continuation of the previous line. The problem is the narrator. He was terrible for something like this. He'd probably be useful for some pulp romance, but his overacting and constant breathlessness makes listening to this one impossible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Overacting, constantly sounding out of breath, and an inability to make someone who's listened to the whole series believe he's read any of the series at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I know it's not the most recent book in this series, but I can't help but beg the publisher to re-record this audiobook with another narrator.

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    W. M. Barber 07-02-14
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    "Almost every proper noun is mispronounced"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator mispronounces almost every proper noun, or maybe I should say his pronunciation differs on most of the proper nouns from the previous 5 books. Would it have killed him to listen to a few minutes of a prior book before reading this one to keep things consistent. We all correct people when we hear them mispronounce words and I am constantly correcting the narrator in my head while listening to this book.


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    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 06-26-14
    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 06-26-14

    Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc

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    "Narrator Forced Listener to Quit"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    After enjoying all of the previous books in the Series, this Narrator's continuous over-emotional interrupptation caused me to "bail" afterr two chapters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?

    My favorite Narrators are Dick Hill and Scott Brick.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Unable to determin.


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    Hilary 06-22-14
    Hilary 06-22-14
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    "Great story, horrible narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't recommend this particular audiobook unless the person had not listened to the previous books in the series. The difference between the narrators was really noticeable in this book. I ended up reading this book instead of listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the various story lines worked together.


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

    Everything; I don't think he listened to the previous narrators to gain an understanding of how they pronounced names to keep the series as cohesive as possible so that the change in narrators was not so jarring.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO!!!!!!


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    Kevin Elmwood, IL, United States 06-18-14
    Kevin Elmwood, IL, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2006
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    "It's becoming Jordanesque"

    I hope audible never uses Mr. Collins for a book I want to listen to again. His Narration was almost painful to listen to at times. Poor pronunciation, poor cadence, lack of ability to match his dynamics to the mood of the story at the time.

    I found this series in April and have been working my way through them rather quickly since I just finished 6 in the middle of June. The story is compelling and the premise is wonderful. But Mr. Weber is becoming bogged down in his writing with too many arcs and too little progress.

    I have just downloaded book 7 and I'll hang in there for another book or too but I think Mr. Weber would do us all a favor if he set a deadline (2 books more, 3 books more and committed to closing out the story). I quit Jordan because he couldn't progress the story anymore. I remember 1 book covering a day or 2.

    There are some conclusions that I (and I'm sure many others would like to see). We all want to see Clyntahn get everything he so richly deserves along with many other inquisitors. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to find out what is under the temple and what the return of the Archangels really means.

    Back the Narrator - I would be ever so grateful if they would bring back Oliver Wyman but I have to say that Charles Keating was my favorite. I could listen to his narration all day long and not tire (And I did - because I listened to How Firm a Foundation while on an all day car ride).

    I still recommend the story but it needs to move a little faster.

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