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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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    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 11-25-13
    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow- a completely fresh time-travel premise"
    What did you love best about 1632?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was completely unexpected- the characters were fresh and interesting, and the premise was unlike anything I've read/listened to.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 11-21-13
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 11-21-13 Member Since 2013

    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).

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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to 1632 again? Why?

    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.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    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).


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-17-13
    Farrell 11-17-13
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    "Engaging"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gino Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-01-13
    Gino Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Regular guy, Engineer, Reader

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    "A fun, rousing tale"

    The fictional town of Grantville is the home of a great series of books and E-Zine / Journals that all begin here in a typical West Virginia town that lands in 1632 Germany. Outrageous, unlikely and wonderful.

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    James 06-04-13
    James 06-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about 1632?

    This is probably one of the best audiobooks I've heard in a while from the storyline to the performance. Usually fantasy/alternate history isn't something I enjoy, but this really hits on all fronts.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He really embodies the characters in the story very well, flawless.


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

    Yes, and if it wasn't as long as it was I probably would have. This is a rare audiobook I had to force myself to pause.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 03-11-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Loved book, effects on time create a brain cramp"

    I really, really liked this book & all the books in this series.... the only reason why I gave it 3 stars is because of what it does to my thought process while reading the book therefore making the suspension of disbelief much harder

    -- Suspension of disbelief is always hard for me in time traveling books & the effects these things happen to the universe, I mean, he's introducing the steam engine, firepower way too futuristic for the time - way too much ammo available to them lol, electricity!, something as simple as a handheld lighter compared to flint/stone is a big leap... the list goes on, it makes my mind go in a million directions lol...

    Its good & bad... overall the book is GREAT but I also believe in multiple universes that occur whenever a decision is made about anything if u don't then this completely screws up all of history post 1632 LOL

    -- Love the author - Weber in general, the prince roger series are in my top 5 novels (the 4 books I see as 1 story/novel), most of his books are excellent & are descriptive, strong character development, not afraid to dispose of certain characters (not in 1932) but in all his other books any character can potentially die.... BUT he's no G. Martin who kills off way too many, esp. multiple characters I like... as Weber says in a book:

    no quotes cuz its not exact... {scepter.. used to crush the skull of ur enemies... don't crush too many but by the same token, don't hesitate in crushing too little}

    Guidall is money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 03-09-13
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 03-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "Series of GEMS"

    This is the first book of a great series in an evolving genre of "alternate history". Alternate history is a blend of history and science fiction. In this case a 50 sq. mile of West Virginia becomes part of 1632 Germany. They decide to start a new USA and start the revolution a 150 years early.

    Yet they have the knowledge and technology of 400 years. It helps high school and their teachers are involved and handy resources. (like having the Professor along in the 1960's Gillian's Isle series) What would you do?

    This series is another GEM of Eric Flint, David Weber, Charles Gannon. Fast paced series and well-developed characters. At the writing of this review, 1634 is supposedly recorded. It is confusing. I think recorded books may have reorganized the series. They may have made the series into 1632, 1633 and 1635 and skipped 1634 and 1636. Print books in the series included 1632,1633,1634,1635 and 1636,

    A firm answer to the question of: "does the recorded series titles match the printed titles?" be nice -- but it doesn't matter much. Even out-of-order, the series is wonderful

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    Michael 03-04-13
    Michael 03-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Surprisingly good."
    What did you love best about 1632?

    Wasn't sure what to expect, but was really good. Excellent narration. And a unique story line. If you like the "Destroyer Men" series you'll love this.


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    Keith Crabtree 01-26-13
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    "An Excellent Alternative History"
    If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

    Watch out Europe


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeff Higgins - He has to grow up fast and move out of his geek world to survive in the new one.


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

    I have not listened to any of Mr Guidall's other performances, but it seemed to me that there were times when he was trying to hard when it came bringing in accents to the story. Not being a professional reader, I am not positive what the expectations are, but some of his accents were simply too stereotypical for what is in this particular book and especially what is called for through the entire canon of the Ring of Fire series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No real extreme reaction, having read pretty much the entire Ring of Fire series, I knew the story before I listened to it through this book. There is a difference to hearing the words as opposed to reading them from the page.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-23-13
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining and interesting!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1632 the most enjoyable?

    I liked the personality of the main characters. They were strong people and I cared what happened to them. It was very thought provoking to think how our modern values could be used to shape the past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong personalities of the main characters. Made me think about how the past and present differ and how it could be affected by outside positive influences.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George is an awesome reader. He has good range of inflections to make the characters unique. He has a voice that it is easy to listen to. Very important especially in a long book like this.


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

    Many good moments. Lots of good romances and good solid characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A very enjoyable and entertaining read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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