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1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1 | [Eric Flint]

1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues, such as who should be considered a citizen.

©2000 Eric Flint (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 09-11-12
    Jim Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 09-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A great series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but based on the narrator I took a chance. I was not disappointed. After finishing 1632, I immediately bought 1633. Very impressed overall by the story and the narration.


    What other book might you compare 1632 to and why?

    In terms of a series, the only other long running series I've listened to is the Dresden books by Jim Butcher. Also great stories and great narration. Unlike the Dresden books though, the Ring of Fire series (I think) needs to be read in chronological order.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice, intonation, characterization. He is a truly excellent narrator and does a great job of bringing the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Chicago, IL, United States 08-17-12
    Claire Chicago, IL, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good reading of a fun book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    No, it is not better, but it isn't worse. I would say it was true to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite character as such. I think each character has his or her points, and I like many of them for different reason. Mike for his resilience, leadership, and adaptability; Dr. Nichols for his style and sense of humor; Ms. Mailey for her past, and for the way she grows in the story; Gretchen for being so strong and down-to-earth, Rebecca for being smart and wise and witty and fun. I could go on, but just read the book and decide for yourselves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle of the crapper. You'll know what I mean if you read or listen to the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ms. Mailey's conversion to the new reality.


    Any additional comments?

    I like alternate history stories. This one is lots of fun, and well thought out. And the characters are people, not cardboard cut-outs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Ooltewah, TN, United States 08-09-12
    Josh Ooltewah, TN, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Cool story"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. The story was interesting and it seemed like the author did some serious research on the time period. It had a little of the black and white, good vs. bad feel to the story, but that's ok with me. What I mean is the good guys are good all the way. Sterns only wants to do what is good and proper, and you can count on him never doing anything wrong. The bad soldier guy only wants to reap death and destruction on the poor German peasants because that's what he does. So the characters a a little two dimensional.

    The story itself is an interesting concept. Those guys get stuck in the past and use their advanced knowledge to carve out a little bit of America right where they landed. There is a lot of politics involved, but with the Swedish kings two dimensional character you can bet that he and Sterns will work something out that is just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John bakersfield, CA, United States 07-18-12
    John bakersfield, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "This is the Ring of Fire's first book"

    Very well done alternate history by Eric Flint, and George Guidll does a Great Job as narrater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-15-12
    Tim United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "1662 is ok 1663 is not"

    This was a fun book, the writing was not great but because of the concept it was ok. But 1663 wasn't worth the purchase, he lost his way in that sequel and I would stop here at this book in the series. Should have a rating of 3.5.

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    Steven C. Jerkins Jackson, MS, United States 06-03-12
    Steven C. Jerkins Jackson, MS, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2004

    I do work all over the country. There is nothing better than an interesting book to keep one awake and alert on a long drive.

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    "One of my favorite books"
    What made the experience of listening to 1632 the most enjoyable?

    One of my favorite books now in a format I can re-visit during drive time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1632?

    Rednecks to the rescue and a 16 year old cheerleader kicking ass.. what more do you want?


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His vocal portrayal of the characters in 1632 was spot on. I look forward to hearing him narrate more of Eric Flint's Ring of Fire series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Otsego, MI, United States 05-29-12
    Richard Otsego, MI, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Alternative history at its finest."

    If you like alternative history you’ll love 1632. With fast paced action and great character development and a strong story line, you can’t go wrong.

    Eric Flint weaves a tale that both entertains and a very thoughtful what if story, of taking the small West Virginia town of Grantville and plopping it in the middle of the thirty years’ war in 1631 Germany.

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    Deborah NEWBERRY, FL, United States 09-10-13
    Deborah NEWBERRY, FL, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, one-dimensional characters"

    The idea is terrific, and the author clearly knows his military history and weapons. The story line develops well and you get a lot of interesting tidbits of European and American history. But, the characters are one-dimensional. They are either good guys or bad guys, and the character development is a bit like a teen novel.

    The worst part for me is the narrator. I know everyone else apparently thinks he's great, but I almost can't listen to him. He sounds like he always has such a mouthful of saliva that if you were talking face-to-face, he'd be spitting on you. I can barely get past that.

    However, overall, I enjoyed the story enough that the whole package was a worthwhile read. I liked it enough to download 1633, so that says something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carey Trumbull, CT, United States 03-27-13
    Carey Trumbull, CT, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "THE WORST."
    If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

    A boring waste of time. Short on action, long of love story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Flint again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    more action and a more exciting narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to finish

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Lumberton, Texas, United States 04-28-12
    Charles Lumberton, Texas, United States 04-28-12
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    "Aweful !!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This author should maybe consider writing television ads. He doesn't write sci-fi well enough for me to purchase anymore of his books.


    What could Eric Flint have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have written it, maybe managed a convenience store. I'm sure he has more talent for that, writing isn't his thing.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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