West coast Producer/Director in TV/Film, I love new tech almost as much as love good tech!
I'm of a few minds about the progression of the Emberverse series. Love the details, the world, the progression... But with the turn of added magic (in a much more obvious way) has transformed the whole thing into a good vs evil play of larger than life figures culled from any number of other similar properties. Oddly I want to see it through, because I'm invested in the story at this point... But to know how it all started to where it is ending up... I would loved to see it play out the other way too.
Consistent, easy to follow and you want to go back and forth to be sure that you haven't missed a connection in a previous chapter. The occasional sound in the background is only heard with ear phones in.
A lot of buildup this time around - looking forward to some action in the next book.
Also, if I hear 'he hugged/touched/punched her, more for effect than anything because of the plate armour', or 'her water over ice voice' one more time I think I will scream. They repeat it countless times each book let alone the whole series!!!!
I would recommend the book because the performance is well done.
Can't think of one that stood out.
A whole lotta flashbacks
I've liked most of the books in this series, but this one and "The Sunrise Lands" are just a whole bunch of flashbacks. I wish he had just written a separate book about what happened back in Oregon/Washington while Rudy and the gang were traveling East.
If you can't get enough of the machinations of the Portland Protective Association, and really, really want to know what happened while Rudi and the gang were taking their cross-country hike, you might enjoy this book. But do yourself a favor--read it; don't listen to it. Then you can skip past the framing expostulation, which only serves to kill what little momentum there is in the plot.
Had Stirling used a different point-of-view for the flashbacks (say, a third-person omnicient), I might have accepted the device. But having two flashbacks inside the head of a character that had only briefly been introduced in the series (and never used as a viewpoint character) was annoying, particularly when a different character set up the flashback. This caused me to stop and say, "How did the Abbot do a mind-reading on Guelph?"
I'm not getting any more Stirling in audiobook.
He did the best job he could with the material at hand.
Boredom and disbelief. I find it increasingly difficult to believe that the people in Stirling's Changed world would act as portrayed.
At one point, a character walks the streets of Bend in unmarked PPA-style armor. This extremely uncharacteristic behavior in a town that had no reason to love the PPA would have gathered a swarm of idlers, children and dogs in any small town I know, yet this character seems to have carried off the incognito.
Just tell the story and quit re-telling the previous 7 books with a bit of new here and there, and fuck off with the food and clothes discriptions!
nothing by s.m. stirling
He actaully got away from some the worst attempts at acsence!
Was Losing me on the last 2 books, hung in there hoping for more, but just more of the same crap!
I am in awe of S.M. Stirlings ability to create realistic story lines that are interwoven with believable characters. I like the way he sums up little things that have been previously written earlier in the series. This helps me see the character development and follow the plot. Stirling is a genius.
McLaren does an excellent job. He doesn't read the book he performs it.
The reader really brings the story to life. Good series with an excellent reader.
This book was a novella expanded to novel length by adding in pure fluff and filler. There was only one significant event in this book, and it fits in with the overall theme of the series, but it didn't require everything that took up (wasted) space in this book.
I consider this book a prime example of how not to do things in order to make more money by selling extra books on a contract. Then I find out the new main story novel, Lord of the Mountains, is nearly HALF the length of this filler novel. All events of true significance could have been combined with Lord of the Mountains to make one good novel.
After all these years of reading him I expect far better of S. M. Stirling than this.