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Eifelheim | [Michael Flynn]

Eifelheim

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?
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Publisher's Summary

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

In 1348, as the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe, Father Deitrich is the priest of the village that will come to be known as Eifelheim. A man educated in science and philosophy, he is astonished to become the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest.

Tom, Sharon, and Father Deitrich have a strange and intertwined destiny of tragedy and triumph in this brilliant novel by the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award.

©2006 Michael Flynn; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award nominee, Best Novel, 2007

"Another meticulously researched, intense, mesmerizing novel...for readers seeking thoughtful science fiction of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Flynn masterfully achieves an intricate panorama of medieval life, full of fascinatingly realized human and Krenken characters whose fates interconnect with poignant irony." (Publishers Weekly)
"Compellingly weaves past and present together in a dialog of faith and science....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 09-06-07
    Melisa Ponchatoula, LA, United States 09-06-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Would you please just shut up."

    Rude, I know, but that is what I said to myself anytime either of the present day characters were speaking, and much of the time that the historical main character was speaking, as well. The storyline here had potential, but it was ruined by the seemingly endless and extremely boring philosophical and scientific dialog. The characters here just like to hear themselves talk. It was like having to endure hours of commercials to get a few minutes of actual programming. Skip it. I kept thinking that possibly, the ending would make it all worthwhile. It didn't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette chicago, IL, United States 01-05-08
    Lynette chicago, IL, United States 01-05-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great plot badly rendered"

    I need to be highly annoyed by a book to write a bad review but this book deserves it. The main problem with the book, in my opinion is the authors overwhelming need to prove his intelligence. From his medieval characters using ten dollar words for no apparent reason as a five or two dollar word would have worked just as well, I got the feeling that the writer was running to his thesaurus so he could use the biggest word he could find, to both of his modern characters being unlikable know-it-alls who can't seem to have a conversation without it turning into a dissertation on scientific theory. I got to a point where I would completely zone out when they started talking. Beyond that, his modern male character has a highly irritating habit of sprinkling his speech with German words with no explanation as to why.

    As if all of this wasn't enough there is the reader's constant mispronunciation of a variety of words, the most glaring being the pronunciation of the word heir which he pronounced "hair" the correct pronunciation is "air". The first time this happened I was totally lost for a minute...hair? What hair? Whose hair? How someone who makes a living reading books doesn't know the correct pronunciation of a fairly common word is beyond me. Further, how it got through edits and proof...listeners? mystifies me.

    This book is a story with fantastic potential in the right hands, unfortunately the author and the reader were not those hands. Spend you money elsewhere.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Francisco MIAMI, FL, United States 03-31-08
    Francisco MIAMI, FL, United States 03-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    "What a drag!"

    This book is incredibly heavy-going to read. I found it impossible to stay awake listening to it. Also, the narrator mispronounces words, notably heir, which he pronounces as hair.
    This author Michael Flynn and this narrator Anthony Heald are definitely on my blacklist.
    The idea behind the book could have been developed into a really good book. Pity.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Oshkosh, WI, USA 10-01-09
    Dawn Oshkosh, WI, USA 10-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "What Could Have Been Great...."

    Is Garbage.

    It spins along just fine until you get to an intriguing moment where they find a letter or something from the middle ages, the READ THAT LETTER IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WITH NO EXPLANATION!

    The author works very hard here to show just how smart he is. There is no doubt he is smart. I don't care. I wanted a good story. If you are into hard sci-fi you might like it. Un-listenable to the average person.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 04-27-10
    Oliver Norman Park, GA, United States 04-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Poor"

    I never could get into the story of this book. I listened to about 45 min of it and it just bored me to death.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 11-09-08
    Amazon Customer Texas 11-09-08 Member Since 2007

    Dog Walker

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    "Excellent Sci-Fi"

    Successfully combines the near future with 1347 (black plague onset) Medieval. Fascinating and compelling.

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    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 01-04-09
    J. Collins Annapolis, Md 01-04-09 Member Since 2005

    JAC

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    "Good Book"

    This book is an enjoyable listen

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    James Edmonds, WA, United States 06-01-08
    James Edmonds, WA, United States 06-01-08 Member Since 2002
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    "BORING"

    I don't think I've ever written a review of a book, but I am compelled to protect other folks from buying this disaster. I am wading through this book like a man wearing snowshoes in a muddy field. This is a book that makes glaciers seem like they are galloping ice fields. Enough said.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 10-22-07
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 10-22-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Boring"

    A pretty thin story stretched out for two audio volumes - a short story would have sufficed. The story is rather tantalizing (to find evidence of alien visits throguh research of old documents)but not very aptly told.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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