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1632 Audiobook

1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

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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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    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14
    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Easily entertained and amused.

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    "Meh . . ."

    I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.

    Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.

    I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-17-13
    Farrell 11-17-13

    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.

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 02-23-13
    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 02-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.

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    "Time travel, history and a great yarn."

    I would call this a male version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. That is to say this is a more male orientated time travel action. Lots of story for the dollar. Well narrated. A small American country town is ripped into Germany of the past and the citizens of that town have to deal with the never ending European wars and culture of the period with the knowledge of the present. I look forward to the next volume.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 02-02-13
    Dave 02-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not up to its Potential"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought the concept of this book was excellent and I was very excited to start reading it. Unfortunately, after the first chapter the focus of this books breaks down to multiple soap opera romances, and guns. I would have liked to have seen a lot more focus on the technology challenges that the community would have faced.


    Would you recommend 1632 to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was an excellent concept and that probably makes it worth the credit. But, not sure I would highly recommend it.


    Did 1632 inspire you to do anything?

    I was planning to read the sequal, but this book changed my mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-04-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Grabs you will not let go."
    Any additional comments?

    "A modern community finds itself in the time of the inquisition" This alternative history is the bench mark for comparison to other like novels. The only distressing thing is that there is only one other book from the series available at audible. Great characters, multiple story lines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Burton Paradise Valley, AZ, United States 05-05-12
    Burton Paradise Valley, AZ, United States 05-05-12

    I love knowledge and reading. I sometimes go by the name of Abhir but I am not Hindu and the name does not translate from Hindi.

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    "Alternative history, or what is the actual history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but listened to the audible version. There are times that the performance provides an added dimension to the book that I would have supplied when I "read" a book. However, there are performances that go far beyond the story. This was neither, in that it was a good read, but not the "special", that I was alluding to earlier. The story had language differences that many reviewers complain about when they are not to their liking. Then there are vocalizations that firmly place you in the story as if you are truly present. Overall, George Guidall has never disappointed me. The book I would characterize as one of my more interesting genres, and the writing would be best characterized as easy listening, which is wonderful when I am stuck in bed and I have 1/2 of my brain to utilize. In short, it is a very pleasant read and I would definitely listen to the rest of the series, but it does not rate in the 5+ books. For those of you who want an interesting book to listen to but not one that takes over most, if not all of your cerebral cortex, then I would highly recommend this listen. In addition, I used the guided format for my review, and decided that it is the least useful of the reviews that I have read (sorry Audible).My favorite book (or among the short list), is the "Killer Angels". When it was initially written, it went nowhere, slowly. I doubt that most critics READ books that they wax so eloquently about or worse micturate on the author and book, when it is not politically correct(Bell Curve). So where is this aural manuscript in the pantheon of great and other missives? It is entertaining, but don't expect it to be resurrected in 50 years. It is to be listened to now for plain and unalloyed enjoyment.For those of you that have made it this far, I truly thank you and that you have forgiven my mistakes in typing with a 1/2 of one eye or should it be 25% of my visual abilities.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 03-25-12
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow"

    Wow, Wow, Wow...and I will say it one more time...Wow. I am a big David Weber, John Ringo fan. Was looking for another author to listen too while I waited for their next books to come out. I knew Eric Flint co wrote two books with Weber, so I thought I would try one of his. As you can see from above...Wow. Now my next question if to Audible...How long is it going to take to get the rest of not just this series, but other Eric Flint books? Great story of today meeting the past. Very interesting the detail provided about the dark ages and the true evil behind those times in our history. Very good work in merging fiction and that history. Again, looking forward to the next release. One more thing, hope they do not change the narrator...he did a super job.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Vacaville, CA, United States 03-30-13
    Bonnie Vacaville, CA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as Good as I'd Hoped"

    An interesting concept that devolved into a somewhat ridiculous and mostly dull story. The time travel and it's implications become a minor sub-plot. Virtually every main character starts out single and quickly succumbs to love at first site (which always works out, of course). All the females get pregnant. Far too much unnecessary detail in some parts (on and on and on descriptions of music being blasted at a castle) and not enough detail in others (How are they maintaining a telephone service and other modern conveniences? Did a water treatment plant & sewage treatment plant move with them? as just a few minor examples.) And why did they call it "Ring of Fire" when, as far as I can tell, the only fire was a farmhouse? Why not "Ring of Light" -- that's what they all saw, a very bright light. I know that's kinda petty, but again, just an example. Overall, this book could've been much more interesting. If you're not into unrealistic romances & repetitive descriptions of medieval battle tactics, you probably won't like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charleen alameda, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Charleen alameda, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "the story should have a 7 star rating"
    If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant reasonable alternative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1632?

    I loved the "tombstone" put on the mass grave of the murderous soldiers from the farmhouse skirmish.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    This guy is a great reader.


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

    This book made me laugh, cry, and made me, want to read all of the books in the series, which I am doing now.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly wish Mr. Guidall would get busy and record all of the books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 06-22-17
    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 06-22-17 Member Since 2017

    When my younger sister learned to read'd beg me to listen as she brought words on the page to life. That's how I got addicted ....

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    "over rated"

    What a dissapointment. After hearing such raves I expectred a well written beginning to an exciting series. Well, there was no excitement. What there was included poor character development that nonetheless dragged on endlessly, alternative history that dragged on endlessly, soppy love stories ... it went on and on.

    If you look at ratings before making a book purchase, be skekptical of this one!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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