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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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  • 10-09-12

Terrible narrator

Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Kevin T. Collins?

How can he pronounce everything incorrectly. Simply listen to one or two of the previous books. That would seem to be basic but nope. Besides that i liked the book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Stopped after the first mis-pronounced name!

I'm not reviewing the book -- I haven't read/listened to it yet. I surely won't be *listening* to this one (and I'm hoping to get my credit back!).

Yet another narrator in this series. This one is breathy, reading with way too much intensity and practically gasping between phrases. As if that wasn't bad enough, as soon as he comes to a name we should all know, he butchers them. Merlin Athrawes's last name has been pronounced A-thraw-ways (or close to that) in all the previous books. This new narrator says, "A-thraws". "Charisian" (previously pronounced kar-is-ian) is now char-ees-ian. "Charis" (previously pronounced kar-is) is now char-is.

Enough is enough. McMillan Audio needs to get narrator and author together for a pronunciation guide. And once there is one, they need to *stick* with it (if not the narrator, at *least* the pronunciation guide!). I am extremely disappointed in this latest narration flop. I've been looking forward to curling up with this book with my Christmas knitting projects for a couple of weeks now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book bad reading.

The book is quite good and fills in the story as expected but I couldn't get over the reading itself. I think this is the third narrarator in this series and that's livable but what isn't is that he couldn't be bothered to listen to previous books and keep all the pronunciations the same. All the character names, realm and city names are so misspronunced it's difficult to follow the story. It seems disrespectful for a narrator to take on a reading like this without doing some research and to pretty much completely wreck the book. All I know is I couldn't get past it and that I'm very dissapointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Cameron, NC, United States
  • 09-22-12

Less filler then last one, worse narrator

I didn't think it was possible but somehow mcmillian managed to find a narrator that was even worse then the last one. It just saddens me that such a fantastic story is getting such a terrible narration job for the audio versions. I suppose ill get used to it eventually but its going to be really really hard. That said if you have never heard of the safe hold series its AWESOME just have to get past the first couple of chapters of the first book (off armageddons reef) and you will be hooked and very angry at the narration job :D

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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STOP CHANGING NARRATORS!!!

Would you listen to Midst Toil and Tribulation again? Why?

No. Worst of some bad narrators.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Go back to original narrator. And stop changing them!

How could the performance have been better?

Get a new narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the series and will suffer through bad narrators - but it grows weary.

Any additional comments?

GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love the book hate the person who narrated

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book and do to friends. We travel and love to listen while we drive

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He should have at least listened to the books before and heard how the name of the people and places were pronounced. I would get upset when he would call them by new sounding names. If he is going to try to read after other people he should follow what has already been set up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bloated, too little plot and poor naration.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Get on with the story! More plot and fewer details. At this rate we'll never find out about what's under the temple, or the return of the anglels, or the Gababa, or what happens to the church, or......

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

continuation of the series was most interesting, however there was so little new, either details, expansion of characters, or extending the story line, that I feel there's only half a books worth of story or plot. The book is mostly battle details, but no more development of the dangling plot elements.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Listen to enough of the previous books to use the same pronunciation for proper names! He got just about every one wrong (that is, different than the previous ones), although in some cases I'll admit that his might actually be better. Secondly, tone it down a bit, It's tiring to have the whole story, even details, related as if it's supposed to be dramatic. Better yet, stop changing narrators! It's quite distracting, and they're getting worse with each of the latest works.

Did Midst Toil and Tribulation inspire you to do anything?

No, not really that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

I've loved Mr Weber's stories, but the last couple books,in this series, and Honor Harrington are just getting too bloated, and unfinished, and sadly somewhat boring. They've been getting worse with each new one.With these last two, I've been left feeling cheated. I think I'm going to stop buying his books,and wait for them at the library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • VAN NUYS, CA, USA
  • 11-03-12

I see several other reviewers complained

Any additional comments?

The narration was terrible . For this reader not to have listen to the prior novels and used the same names as the prior narrators was just arrogant . Every one connected with this production should be fired

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Satisfied

What did you love best about Midst Toil and Tribulation?

The book captured my attention well and brought out the full range of emotion that great books do.

Although a few minor errors may exist, it definitely flowed felt better edited than some of the books in the middle of this series. Weber's trademark detail didn't feel overly drawn out and this book lacked some of the noticeably excessive repetition some of the previous books in the series had.

What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I found the narrator is a little too intense at the start of the book and to be honest, I disliked him to begin with. However, as the story developed and I became more accustomed to the "alternative" pronunciation of certain names and places, I grew to like him and his emotional intensity more and more.

In the end however, the variation between characters voices isn't quite as wide or distinctive as I might expect from some reading Weber and he fails to present unique accents between realms as clearly as some of the previous narrators.

** If the audiobook publisher should by some chance read through these reviews, I'll leave a few recommendations **

- Please stop changing the narrator and stick with the Kevin T. Collins. The narrator heavily influences how characters come across and when they speak with different voices in every book it creates a disconnected sense of frustration in listeners.

- Please establish a guide for pronunciation and accents and stick with it. There's no reason to change the sound of names and places halfway through the series like this.

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

The book is far too long to listen to in one sitting however it doesn't feel overly long and I felt myself wishing there were more to it as I whittled down the time remaining.

Any additional comments?

With the possible exception of the first book, this is by far my favorite of the series so far and I am eagerly looking forward to the the development of both characters and the story in the next few books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I have no idea who or what he is talking about.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator, his pronuciation at least. He could have at least listened to 15 min of any of the books. I am having serious issues following him because of it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love them all

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

His voice is fine but i like the guy who did the first book, why can't they stick to 1 guy?

Any additional comments?

There is a map on Weber's website for those of us without the hard copy.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful