I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
I have waited for this book to be available on Audible from the very first day I joined the site. I love this book and can’t wait for the rest of the series.
BRING ON THE REST!!!! 1633, Ring of Fire, 1634 and so on…
The Grantville series is well known, and has a large following. I have been waiting for Audible to get these for some time.
They are a phenomena to those who love both histories, and thinking about what might be.
Why doesn't Audible make an arrangement to get the rest of these from Recordedbooks,com?
This was a terrific listen! The history was fascinating, the characters believable and even though it was a long story it never got boring.
I have read other alternative history novels (Destroyermen, Lost Regiment). They all work the same way: a time/space tunnel sends our all-American-heros to a backward and cruel world, some times human (as in this case), other times alien. Our guys find some naive local friends, teach them modern technology and together they overcome great difficulties and enemies, albeit never completely so that a new book in the series can be written and purchased by the eager fans of the series. It would be entertaining to figure out the history of this type of book plot to understand who copied whom. This book is written and read competently, can be listen to with ease and provides good mindless entertainment. The bad guys get whipped mercilessly making the listener feel warm and cozy. The story smells of neocolonialism as we finally find a receptive foreign crowd that soaks up the American way. Of course, being post medieval mittel-Europe, most current cultures would have been a better way of life. In summary, I enjoyed listening to this book but did not get any smarter in the process. No way I am going to pick the next in the series.
What really makes this book are the characters. They are well developed and you'll find yourself rooting for them as they go into action. Its really nice to see a community pull together and succeed. It is also interesting to see the influences of religions in that day: Kinda reminds me of the middle east.
I only wish the next one was ready to listen too. I couldnt stop listening
I liked them all
It was like a shot of adrenalin
I requested this series back in December, I am surprised and very happy to see it here so quickly.
The 1632 series of books are an entertaining and well paced alternate history about a small West Virginian town circa 2000 that is mysteriously transported back in time to central Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War.
This is the first time I have listened to George Guidall, he has done an excellent job with his spirited reading.
I can't wait for the rest of the series.
I found the story line to be interesting with the small town being placed back in time with the ring of fire and really enjoy this type of fiction which places present day common everyday people in history that is known and have them find their way. But what I really had issues with were things that should have been dealt with but never mentioned. That's what was fun with Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling where these types of problems were discussed and solved.
For example, the small WV town goes back in time and the author has an explanation. Ok, I can accept that. But come on, how many guns does this small town have? It's rather unrealistic that everybody gets a gun and limitless ammo. At least tell us where this is all coming from. It makes the story so predictable. I'm not sure if I'll make it to the next book. I'm taking a break and moving on to something else.
Easily entertained and amused.
I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.
Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.
I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.
An interesting concept that devolved into a somewhat ridiculous and mostly dull story. The time travel and it's implications become a minor sub-plot. Virtually every main character starts out single and quickly succumbs to love at first site (which always works out, of course). All the females get pregnant. Far too much unnecessary detail in some parts (on and on and on descriptions of music being blasted at a castle) and not enough detail in others (How are they maintaining a telephone service and other modern conveniences? Did a water treatment plant & sewage treatment plant move with them? as just a few minor examples.) And why did they call it "Ring of Fire" when, as far as I can tell, the only fire was a farmhouse? Why not "Ring of Light" -- that's what they all saw, a very bright light. I know that's kinda petty, but again, just an example. Overall, this book could've been much more interesting. If you're not into unrealistic romances & repetitive descriptions of medieval battle tactics, you probably won't like this.