Rudi Mackenzie, son and heir of the mystic Juniper, must journey with seven friends across a continent in chaos to the Sunrise Lands to solve the riddle of what destroyed a civilization. And as the friends journey farther into the interior, enemies may be within their own band as well as outside it.
©2007 S. M. Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor
"Thought-provoking and engaging." (Publishers Weekly)
I read the series from the beginning and looked forward to listening to it very much as I drive 2500 miles a month. Todd McLaren, the reader, does a very good job with voices, accents and tone but has an infuriating habit of mispronouncing simple words - i.e., when someone bares their teeth, he reads it as "barred". There are way too many of those to list. If you're accustomed to hearing what you've read, be prepared for a bumpy read - it's jarring when it happens. Probably the most egregious mispronunciation is when someone of Celtic origin says "Shite", he pronounces it "She-ite" - like the Muslim sect. Sets my teeth on edge and I lose the thread of the story because it's so distracting.
...is as good as the first three books. This is one of my favorite genres, post-apocalyptic survival and S. M. Stirling does it very well. After reading the other reviews I can see some of the detractor's points but this is, after all, science fiction/fantasy. It is neither history nor prognostication. The likable characters are very likable and the despicable characters are easy to despise. The premise of sudden isolation and the identification by the surviving members of a group with a strong leader is easy to swallow and makes for a fascinating variety among the different "civilizations". I think Todd McLaren does a fine job differentiating characters with accent and voicing, he doesn't do young girls very well but what would you expect from someone with a fine Bass voice like that. The only criticism and warning to listeners is the book jumps around in both time and space and it's not always clear when it happens. Listen closely or you'll find yourself rewinding to figure out how you got from Dun Juniper to "east of the Cascades" in one breath. A great series and a great read.
The story: the story is good, very good. I like post apocalyptic style novels. This one is one with a twist. One I haven't seen before, but that adds a lovely flavor to the novel.
The writing: The writing is good and gives each character and alliance great depth and a substantial feel
The narrator: The narator does a good job of representing the characters. At times I wonder if he is mispronouning a word due to the characters or just in general. It doesnt subtract from the story and happens only about three times in the book. I have a feeling its because of the nationality of the narrator possibly.
Overall: I read alot, and when I can't read I listen. I listen to audiobooks, especially, when I run. This book held my interest well enough that an hour on the treadmill went by without my looking at the timer.
Members of the society of creative anachronism and readers of Tolkien will feel justified reading this book.
I have listened to all the books previous to this one and this one did not dissapoint either.
This book deals with the second generation after the change, and is just as fun and interesting to listen to as the others.
This is a great series and a joy to listen to. I can hardly turn the story off when I have to work. The ONLY issue I have is with the word Willamette, when refering to the river or the valley, the reader is saying Will-A-met when it should be said as Will-Am-It. But still well worth the price and you should get all of them
This was a good story and the narrator did a decent job. It kept my attention throughout, even though it was a longer audiobook. I would have given it five stars, but the narrator mispronounced some words and the pacing was a bit off. There were pauses where there weren't section breaks and no pauses where there should have been. But it was definitely a fun listen.
One thing missing from the reviews is that this is NOT the third book in the series, but rather the start of a second trilogy, in essense the 4th book. The third book isn't available by audible, as far as I can tell.
McLaren does amazingly well with voices and accents. still says "barred" for "bared" and I think "shete" should be pronounced "shet-y" rather than "sheet".
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