"A modern community finds itself in the time of the inquisition" This alternative history is the bench mark for comparison to other like novels. The only distressing thing is that there is only one other book from the series available at audible. Great characters, multiple story lines.
brilliant reasonable alternative
I loved the "tombstone" put on the mass grave of the murderous soldiers from the farmhouse skirmish.
This guy is a great reader.
This book made me laugh, cry, and made me, want to read all of the books in the series, which I am doing now.
I truly wish Mr. Guidall would get busy and record all of the books.
Wow, Wow, Wow...and I will say it one more time...Wow. I am a big David Weber, John Ringo fan. Was looking for another author to listen too while I waited for their next books to come out. I knew Eric Flint co wrote two books with Weber, so I thought I would try one of his. As you can see from above...Wow. Now my next question if to Audible...How long is it going to take to get the rest of not just this series, but other Eric Flint books? Great story of today meeting the past. Very interesting the detail provided about the dark ages and the true evil behind those times in our history. Very good work in merging fiction and that history. Again, looking forward to the next release. One more thing, hope they do not change the narrator...he did a super job.
I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.
I would recommend this book to everyone! Its a great book! I've seen it a couple of time in book stores but never read it thinking it might be boring but I was dead wrong Its really well done and entertaining. The action is excellent and the autor highlights nicely how many of the things we take for granted up to our very safty and indivuality were completely radical ideas in those dark times.
I like Jeff. He's a D&D player and tabletop gamer that has a ferm idea of tatics (at least as far as such games teach) and a is a nice guy but for all that not a pushover. And shows that the being a good guy dosn't make you and idiot or being a geek dosen't make you weak.
I love the action sceens and the parts where the author shows just how good a life we have compared to what the world used to be like.
Interesting story but a little difficult to follow. Jumped around a bit for me. If you like time travel give it a shot.
I bought this as one of those "post-purchase" bonuses for $4 or $5. It was a great deal and I liked it better than my primary purchase.
OK, it was a bit hoaky, a bunch of WV miners back in the 1600s, and the people they experienced there, all the intercultural relationships, a fair amount of explicit sex, military maneuvers with mining vehicles and motorbikes, etc. But it was fun! It was also a good treatment of some history I knew little about. And it made me oddly proud to be an American in the real sense (no Tea Party here, but not rampant liberalism either)!
The narrator originally struck me as very hoaky also, but I got used to him. I learned his voices, which were different enough to represent the wide variety of characters introduced.
So, I just downloaded 1633, because I just have to know what happens next. Isn't that what it's all about?
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.
Imagine my surprise, as a WV native, to realize the story is set in MY county. Most stories that have anything to do with coal-mining are set in the southern part of the state, so I was thrilled to know it was set in my own back yard!
That it was completely unexpected- the characters were fresh and interesting, and the premise was unlike anything I've read/listened to.
No, and at first I really didn't feel his voice fit the characters, since he sounds much older than the majority of them. But after I became immersed in the story, I didn't mind his narration. I could easily tell the difference between the characters, and his accents are very good.
There is a lot of humor in the story, and I also feared for the characters during the fight sequences. That's the sign of a good story.
In the future I may read or listen to the other books in the series. I'm interested to find out what happens to the inhabitants of Grantville!
I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).
Yes, I would listen to it again, but not too soon. I loved the idea of a town being sent back as far in time as this one was, however I did end up having a few issues with the execution of the story.
I did like George Guidall's performance. He seemed to be the perfect voice for this book and I couldn't think of anyone who would have done it better. It was quite easy to keep the pace going as I listened (with many other books I've had to stop and go back over several parts as I tend to get confused fairly easy).
No. I wanted to make this book last as long as possible. The best way of doing that is to listen a little at a time. However, my wanting to do this does not mean that I didn't enjoy the book. Quite the contrary. I wanted to spread it out and make it last as long as possible precisely because I was enjoying it so much.
Firstly I'd like to say that I am quite familiar with the time in which this book was set. The parts that ruined the book for me were the long parts where the war was described. For me, these seemed to drag on, I know that it is indeed necessary to be describing the war that took place during that time frame. However, the descriptions of the war felt too long and too dry for me.
Better than I thought it would be. The situations and results are a bit simplistic, but the story pops along so you don't notice.