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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

Critic Reviews

“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Charleen
  • nashua new hampshire usa
  • 09-10-12

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.

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ring of fire series first book

If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

absolutly amazing story

What did you like best about this story?

character interaction and story flow

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

no, but he did a pretty good job

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

would have been nice to listen on a long trip but a few hours here and there was sufficient.

Any additional comments?

if the narrator could have used several female's for those parts as enjoyable as this was it would have been incalculably better. also, not sure if it was the audio file's interpretation but there were several pronunciations that were definitely incorrect but not so as to detract from the presentation. overall A++ is my score, the story flow and the telling was beyond excellent.

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  • 12-18-17

Great story idea but writing style was not for me

First a disclaimer, I stopped listening after only making it approximately 20% into the book. The story concept was very intriguing and I wanted to like the book, but I couldn’t get past the overly-intricate introduction and development of some of the historical characters. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when listening, but there’s just too much detail for me about characters and a historicalperiod that I didn’t care about.

The other issue that kept me from enjoying this book completely was the playback quality. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively while driving, and The playback of this book was way too “bassy” for me - to the point where even after adjusting my stereo just for this book, I still have problems understanding everything.

If you have a particular interest in this period of history, want to read a book with intricate character development, and have a playback device with very little bass, you will definitely enjoy this book more than I did. I wish I could resell this book to someone else and get some of my money back.

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Interesting and worth relistening to

This is a story about an end of the twentieth century Virginia coal town being transported to 1632 Germany during one of the bloodiest conflicts of that period.

This is one of my "go to "audiobooks when I am looking for something to relisten to while going to sleep or working on something else. It has memorable scenes worth relistening to. Like when the people of Grantville first meet Gretchen, or Alexander Mackay. The author did an immense amount research and I have had lots of fun following links to characters and events of the 1600's that are brought up in the novels. Besides, it just makes me laugh for some reason just to say Axel Oxenstierna.

If I have a complaint it is that the first chapter is completely different from the rest of the story with the talk of Aliens to explain the events leading up to the town being transported. Not that I don't like the chapter, but someone may start listening to the novel and quit before getting into it because they get an erroneous idea of what will happen in the story. So ALERT - no more outer space and aliens in the rest of the story.

Of course, I can't leave without mentioning the wonderful job the narrator, George Guidall, does in the audiobook. Heaward worthy reading is enough to push this book to 5 stars for me.

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unique look at history

1632 is a cool way to look at 17 century Europe and (30 years war)... snooze. This period is illuminated by transporting interesting 20th century Americans in the middle of it and changing history... now it pops. Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry.

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A great alternate history with a great narrator.

It can be a bit dry a history-book like at times, but Flint successfully shifts tone from the more fanciful alternate history bits to truely honest examinations of the scope of human suffering during the time period. Both humorous and heart-wrenching, 1632 is definitely worth a read. George Guidall's narration is flawless as always.

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Can't wait to finish the series.

Great story & performance. Only issue is in editing as some story conversations seem clipped.

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Great Story if an Alternate History

While there were some challenges the writer didn't do the best job overcoming, this was a great story. It was well written, the characters are easy to follow and believe in, and the past and future integrated very well.

Making a great book fantastic is Guidall's performance. I appreciated his work in the Scot Harvath series and he does an outstanding job here also.

I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

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Wonderful

I am about a third of the way through this book, and unless something drastically changes, I am absolutely in love with this book.

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Well written

It's quite heavy on the political and military aspects of the plot. The human emotional parts are found in the small humorous or romantic moments spread throughout the story. Not recommended for those who prefer a romantic adventure book.