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The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

Inspired by the example of American freedom and justice, a movement in Franconia among the peasants, who have revolted several times even before the arrival from the future of the town of Grantville, an independent revolutionary movement has arisen, flying the banner of the head of a ram. The West Virginians fully approve of liberating the peasants from the nobility, but they are also aware of how revolutionary movements can lead to bloodbaths. And avoiding that deadly possibility will require all of their future knowledge and all their plain old American horse-trading diplomacy....

©2006 Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books

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mind numbing

What would have made 1634: The Ram Rebellion better?

Total redo, maybe...

What do you think your next listen will be?

My MP3 rolled right into 2001 a space odessey which I was very pleased with. I first saw the movie when it debuted. The book certainly shed light on the story and enjoyed Clark's writing style. Unsure if I'll take a chance on another book in the 1632 series, although I very much enjoyed first two books, I have to think additional authors are reason this book bogged down. I like and can absorb a great deal of detail and setting in a story, but this book went way beyond my capacity. It was mind numbing at times.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator did a fine job with bor-ing text.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Did like the exposure and absorption of Common Sense on the commoners.

Any additional comments?

Have never asked to return a book, but so disappointed with this one I just might.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gino
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 02-05-15

It's Not a 1633 Sequel. So What ? It's Great Fun

Get over the idea that this is a 1633 sequel and enjoy these delightful stories. You will get to meet some important ongoing characters in this volume. The more of a fan you are, the more you will understand and like this read.

When this book was published the Grantville Gazette was not past it's 50th issue and many people thought the Ring of Fire series was a few glamorous novels with more of the same to follow. The idea of humble people from a small town assimilating into a big world in a known historical context is fertile ground for new and expanding approaches and with the big success of the Grantville Gazette, the ROF universe has expanded greatly into a number of serial adventures, articles and stories, some very small, some factual, some speculative and all organized around the Ring of fire.

Acculturation, opression, rebellion, irony, humor all with an allegorical eye to our current state is brought up in this book all the while under the subheading, 'This is all a bit of fun'. The bigger the fan of the Grantville Universe you are, the more you will like this book.

I wish there was more bandwidth in the recording, it sounds a little confined.
Nick Sullivan could do a real good job on this series, they should add him to the crew. There are a number of titles to go to catch up.

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Baaa, Baaa, Baaad.

I read this book when It first came out, and regretted it.

But that's been many years, and the audiobook has got to be a better experience. Right?

No.

It's not all bad, but I find that I could have EASILY lived without trying it a second time.


So, if you've read the book, skip the audiobook.

If you're a "Ring of Fire" enthusiast, as I am, AND you've never read this book, you might as well get it.

It's not ALL bad. But you could easily cut away 75% of it and be happier than you would be by going through the whole book.

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  • GB
  • Northern Virginia
  • 02-24-15

Not the best in the series

While the storyline continues this particular book has several story lines which if not followed closely may loose a reader in what is really happening.

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  • Ray
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 01-30-15

Avoid At All Costs!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you are looking for some poorly written fan fiction set in the Ring of Fire Universe, then this is the book for you. If you want a well written story from author Eric Flint, you will not find it in The Ram Rebellion. To say this book is poorly edited is too mild. It's a quasi-anthology of mind numbingly dull stories told in mostly (but not entirely) chronological order about the events which lead up to a rebellion and how that fight unfolds. If this had been written by one person with a clear goal in mind, it could have been a compelling story. Instead, it's just a mess that is not worth anyone's time.

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Good, but not great.

Not as good as the previous books in The Ring of Fire, but worth a listen, since it covers the same time period as the previous books.
The Narration of this book was AMAZING. He clearly has a good grasp of German, presenting believable accents and correct pronunciation of German words and phrases.

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Ugh

I love this series, and I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it was so slow at parts.
Also, the way it is written some of it was very hard for me to follow because I was not clear that the speaker changed from one person to the next until I got far into the next chapter or paragraph to get the context of what was being said
Just overall blah.
Yes I understand it didn’t future any main characters, it wasn’t an attempt at an interesting backstory for the rebellion, and I probably would’ve enjoyed it more in the book come with a warning that it was a companion piece type of book

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Thank God it's over , could not make it 1/2 way.

wast of credit , people strugling to servive aren't going to be artsy. and wiil not wast time on ceramics junk.

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Not a continuation of 1634: The Baltic War

As the next book in the Ring Of Fire Series (after Baltic War), one might expect this to pick up where the Baltic War left off. Instead, the book goes back to 1633 (The book title does start with 1634; doesn’t it?) including Ballet troups and wool farming. Granted, that these stories do play as backdrop to the more political and military sections that finally emerge in the final 1/3 of the book; they simply are not the compelling material provided in the earlier books.

Eric Flint all but admits this fact in his postscript;stating that most of the material was originally slated for a separate compilation of side stories. In the end, this has led to a less than satisfying read. I really had to struggle through the somewhat boring side stories, in order to finally get the real meat of the story.

After enjoying the first few books in the series, I went ahead and purchased the next two to three volumes, simultaneously. I’m hoping that this wasn’t a mistake and that the next couple of volumes return to the exciting pace and intrigue of previous volumes.

I don’t think that there were any major revelations in this book, and believe you could skip over it, in favor of a book with more impactful events.

The only saving grace was the excellent narration by George Guidall.

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Bad story; good narrator can't fix it

Would you try another book from Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce and/or George Guidall?

Nothing more w/ VDM on masthead
Guidall very good

What do you think your next listen will be?

??

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Engaging and interesting voice. It is put to much better use on other books in the series.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment; too much superficial nonsense about sheep.

Any additional comments?

No.