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
If you have been following the series and Weber's writing in general, this is more of the excellent work. Weber's early work, even before the Harrington series, was much more action oriented. As he has aged, matured(?), he has moved deeper into the motivations and psychology of his characters rather than focus on plot. He is much more interested in exploring basic conflicts within the human experience. This installment of the Safehold Series is no different. Ignore the criticisms about the reader. Kevin Collins did a great job and improved as the story evolved. The civil war is mired down in Siddermark as the the sides evolve quickly from 16th century to early 19th century technology. The war, like many wars, drives technological advancement. Weber relishes the history of weapons development and uses that history throughout this work. I thought I would be bored, and I was not. In typical Weberian fashion, I am now waiting for the next installment. Charles Dickens has nothing on David Weber.
If you love the safehold series you will love this one too... once you get past the narration problems. I agree with all the previous posts that SOMEONE should have done a continuity check on the pronunciations, I can live with a change of narrators... but seriously. Otherwise he did OK.
As far as the book goes, it is great, David Weber keeps the action and drama building and I can't wait for the next one. I can't beleive people are complaining about the pace of the story... I hope the series eventually gets back to the Gbaba, but the whole point of the story is the evolution of the new human history and it is exciting to listen to it happen.
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The story progresses well in this latest installment, and there is a good amount of plot development, with a greater focus on land battles than the naval battles of previous volumes.
The narrator might be tolerable enough, he has a good range of voices and does a good job adding some "character" to the various individuals, especially with the cast of hundreds that Weber typically has in these books.
However, I cannot for the life of me understand why the narrator had to change the accents, voices, and even the prononciations of each of the characters. I can understand a shift in tone with a new narrator, but I winced each time I heard him butcher the prononciation of each word, whether the name of the countries, or the names of the characters. Did he not even listen to the previous volumes to get a bit of consistancy? That was just inexcusable. Where were the producers?
I have listened to the entire series from the beginning on audiobook, and while the two previous narrators were both good, the shift in accents for the main characters was jarring enough when switching between the first and second narrators. With the shift again with the third narrator, it very much undermines the relationship that we listeners have built with the main characters, and the change in how the names are pronounced (Nimoo to Nimoway - phonetically), etc is very jarring.
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.
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.
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