This book has an interesting, yet confusing, start. The premise is kind of fun, but my goodness is it slow moving. While I love good character development, this goes overboard!
You need to be very patient, and you may not be standing by the end (that is if you make it).
I really like Weber, and will continue to read his stuff. This is not altogether unheard of for him. His books tend to be long with some overdeveloped characters.
Good follow up to the 1632 book, personally, I felt that there were several logistical issues that just seemed to disappear in these books, but they are a form of fantasy, so I ignored them.
Guidall as a reader was excellent.
The main issue I had was that the Whispersync for Voice did not work correctly when transitioning from the Kindle form to the Audible form. The transition from the Audible to the Kindle synced perfect every time.
Middle of the road, which is disappointing when compared to the first book of the series.
A very poor follow up to 1632, which to me was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
I made a big mistake when I bought this (it was on sale) before listening to the first book in this series, "1632." That book was only so-so and if I'd listened to it first, I would NOT have purchased this one.
This one, "1633," was mind-numbingly dull most of the time. I enjoyed listening to about 10% of it (primarily the action scenes). The rest was torture because I was NOT interested in the boring descriptions and LONG, dull conversations. I almost quit MANY times, but then something briefly interesting would happen and I (foolishly) kept slogging on.
I do NOT recommend this for anyone who is not fascinated by 17th Century European politics, military tactics, religions, culture and philosophy. If you're not a fan of the history, much of what is discussed will be of zero interest to you.
Much of the "story" is actually thinly disguised lectures by the author about how society and politics SHOULD be.
The plot was lacking, as well. Minor spoiler example: the Americans have an expert sniper. They had no problem in "1632" having her shoot enemy officers & leaders. Yet they ignore the obvious solution to virtually all of the problems they're facing in "1633" -- have her assassinate Cardinal Richelieu. It would be ridiculously easy, and save countless lives.
The narration was excellent, but this was the worst story I've listened to.
The audio version is better than the print version because the reader pronounces all the place names properly for you. Now you can read other books in the series without fretting over some very foreign names.
Compare this book to most other time travel books and be happy because there are no whinning travelers worried about how blowing their nose might affect the world they came from. What a relief!
This reader is just great.
Cromwell was the most memorable character. I never thought of him in quite that way.