An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
Yes, because it is well written characters are interesting and believeable. Interesting story line.
S.M Stirling has become one of my favorite authors.
The first of the Emberverse books by S.M. Stirling.
I'd originally read this novel a few years ago, but I'm re-reading/listening to them not just because of the story, the quality of the books, but because I'm part of the team working on the Emberverse RPG and any review might well be considered biased.
I love the premise of the series, the way all tech, and explosives, cease to work in the blink of an eye. No one knows why this occurs, though there are several stories about Alien Space Bats - where characters discuss possible ideas behind the change and name the power behind it 'Alien Space Bats'.
Trying to survive in a world where everything you relied on suddenly stops working, is a challenge. Some make it, some devolve into cannibals, and others use it as a means to grab power.
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic settings this is a must. It's a well written series with engaging characters. The balance of personality types and the research that has obviously gone into the series, all combine to make the book shine.
A perfectly paced novel with the ideal blend of vividly descriptive prose, intriguing themes, noble and unique characters as well as the essential interesting evil antagonists..just a delight to experience. I loved his Nantucket series of the change and this is an amazing parallel novel...delicious and finely performed! I'm about to invest in book 2 and 3 of the series right now..
I've really enjoyed this whole series so far (this is the first book but I've listened to books two and three now too)
The concept of what would happen if the world just stopped working right is age old in survival fiction and scifi but this was a new detailed take that really caught my imagination.
My complaint, and it's only obvious to those of us who are historical buffs (but let's face it a story where the history geeks rule the world after the apocalypse this is part of the target audience) I wish the narrator would have studied up on correct pronunciation of things like the pieces of armor or weapons. He even mispronounced city names that are not that unknown. Oh well, mispronunciation is my bane but for once I was able to glaze over it and enjoy a book that I'm sure will be re-listened to over and over again.
This is a great read the plot is wonderful the charcters exceptional. A thrill from start to finish!
Gag me with stonehenge... I've read a lot of far fetched alternate fantasy that one could accept and enjoy but this was certainly not one. the pagan theme totally ruined the story it was too prepotorus. We do not have enough wiccans in our world prancing around to make thi work
None ... I would not want to cause offense to them
What a waste of a great storey line... Let someone else rewrit it
Not my type of book, and gave up after a few hours. dwells too much on the negatives of human nature.
My only regret about "The change" novels is that I didn't find them sooner. The world building is excellent, mostly because it includes the deconstruction of modern society as well as the construction of a new one. Many things in this story could have gone another way, and the little mini societies that survive are indicative of how your resources and leadership in life or death situations like this one are more determining factors than one may have previously believed. Mostly I like how it brings to life human values and highlights the things that we take for granted in modern society. Most people in america never experience a life or death situation and never really worry about their next meal. With no market to go to or fast food places...what would you do? It made me really think about my own skill set and how useless most of us would be in a post modern society.
This novel made me think. It's not just sci fi or speculative fiction, it puts you there and makes you ask questions of yourself...something books rarely do these days.
Kudos to the narrator as well. He brought a solemnness to the situation that I believe helped me visualize which is so important in the audio format.