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  • 1636: The Kremlin Games: Ring of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, Paula Goodlett
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Acclaimed as "a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis" by Publishers Weekly, Eric Flint's best-selling Ring of Fire series has redefined the alternate-history genre. In this 10th novel, auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi heads to Moscow to bring Russia into the Industrial Revolution, 300 years ahead of schedule. War with Poland looms, but Bernie is more focused on a beautiful Russian noblewoman. Can he protect them both from the power struggles raging inside the Kremlin?

    ShySusan says: "A good entry in the Ring of Fire series"
    "Probably the worst entry in the 1632 series"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was supposed to be a recap and continuation of the "Butterflies in the Kremlin" series of stories from the Grantville Gazette anthologies, but it completely butchered the story. Major characters and plot threads were completely rewritten.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Oh, yes. I really enjoy most of the other novels and short stories in the series. I'm just extremely irritated with the way the effort to translate a good series of short stories into a novel was botched in this case.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes. Most of the time I enjoy Mr. Guidall's work. My only beef with him, and most other narrators, is when they mispronounce words or names in the narrative. It's distracting. Mr. Guidall's most serious transgression, in this respect, is Capt.(later Col.) Alexander MacKay's last name. "Kay" is pronounced with a long "a", not a long "I"! Every time I hit one of these, my mind stutters and I miss a couple of words. Then I have to think about what's going on and reacquire the thread of the narrative.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Usually, Mr. Flint is more careful about keeping his secondary authors on track with the overall story lines.


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