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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“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” (Publishers Weekly)
The book is fun, but it focuses too much on relationships instead of the politics of the day. the attack on Grantville and the chapters about Gustav Adolphus were amazing, however!! It is one of George Guidall's best narrations. "1633" is better, but this is a good Introduction to the series.
Have no idea. Never read the print version.
The way Americans could adjust and triumph.
It is so cliche' to say "He could read the phone book and make it sound interesting," but I truly believe that Mr. Guidall fits the saying. There were explanations in the story that were totally unnecessary. However, it was not until I looked back on the story, that I even realized the story was TOO long and why. I simply enjoyed listening to the story, and because of the performance, I believed that this unbelievable story really happened. Thank you George Guidall. After listening to the Longmire Series by Craig Johnson and Lost Wife, both read by Mr. Guidall, I am totally convinced that he can read anything and make it better.
Ex-Pats ROCK ancient Europe!
Looking forward to Next year - 1633.
I read this book a number of years ago. Listening to it was a real treat. George Guidall does a good job overall, with only a couple of pronunciation errors. The Ring of Fire series tells the story of a West Virginia town of our current day and how it is somehow transported to central Germany in the year 1632. That is smack in the middle of the famous "30 years war". The ensuing interaction between 21st century Americans and 17th century Europeans is both educational and entertaining. This is fiction based on fact at its very best. I recommend this book.
A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.
It is an interesting exercise to think of what you would do if you were placed back in history, In this case a town. Well you will have to go from there on your own but it is an interesting story if you like history and ever dream of actually taking an active role in changing it
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?
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.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
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.
Regular guy, Engineer, Reader
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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