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4.00045454545455 out of 54.00045454545455 out of 54.00045454545455 out of 54.00045454545455 out of 54.00045454545455 out of 5 4.00 (3,652 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Flint Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029615
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New York Times bestselling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series—and this is the book that started it all.

Germany, 1632. Things couldn’t get much worse in the north—famine, disease, and religious war are laying waste to the cities. Only the aristocrats remain relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death is a mercy.

West Virginia, 2000. Things are going pretty well in Grantville, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn’s sister—including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads—is having a good time.

Then everything changed—and modern Grantville found itself transported in both time and space.

When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side is a scene out of hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don’t have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years’ War.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Flint convincingly re-creates the military and political tenor of the times in this imaginative and unabashedly positive approach to alternative history. A solid choice for fantasy collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “A rollicking, good-natured, fact-based flight of fancy that should appeal to alternate-history buffs as well as military-fantasy fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ANew York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 c Dragonstar | 5/19/2017

    " The town of Grantville is transported back into the middle of the 30 years war and they must fight to survive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/12/2014

    " Irritating, very American writing style, but the series has some sort of fascination so I keep buying and reading the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Tice | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting book. I'm not one for altered history but this one was pretty good. Mr. Flint seems to be a union man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 2/4/2014

    " Alternate history fiction. Flint is entertaining as a writer, but I find his stories too hopeful and bright, not particularly well balanced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/17/2014

    " I love this series. Yes, it has a lot of fortunate coincides and some really cheesy moments, but its just so darn fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. August | 1/15/2014

    " Great fun and informative. Made me want to learn about the real Gustav Adolf II and the Vasa Dynasty. Too bad I'm from Latvia... I would have preferred a purely historical account, but without the whole time traveling bit there wouldn't have been enough freedom to explore all the what if's in the 30 years war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan Bibb | 1/7/2014

    " I loved the optimism and ideological enthusiasm of this book. In the afterward, Flint makes the point that he wanted to write something that is more positive about American citizens and democracy, and I find it very refreshing. The subsequent novels in the series are better in terms of the writing and technical detail, but this is a great start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting concept but not much characterh development after the first third of the book or so. Too much emphasis on battles. Could have been a lot more interesting if they had told more details of how they assimilated into living in a new era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah McCabe | 1/4/2014

    " Our next book club read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trenton | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty godawgul writing, but an interesting concept. It was like slash fiction for daydreams I often have - I'm in the Roman Empire, how do I make electricity, etc. Super cheesy, but entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Long | 12/19/2013

    " I love this series and have been reading it since it was newly published. It is well done and newer books include a lot of input from fan-fic, which is nice because it helps lead things places the author alone might not have thought to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne Padgette | 11/10/2013

    " Everything I wanted in alternate historical fiction. Compelling characters, historical events from a new perspective, and lots of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/6/2013

    " Too much history for me. There was good future/past interaction, but not enough of that - which is what I look for in such a book. Sorry, but I will not be continuing on this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthianna Celine Chatillon | 9/13/2013

    " I love alternate history stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/30/2012

    " Totally fun alternate history. Sometimes the narrative gets drowned in too much historical background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 12/19/2012

    " A good read. A small community in Virgina is transported back in time to 1632. Through their actions the course the world takes is forever changed... yada yada... Flint has grown a bit in the past several years and this story reflects how his writing style has grown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vamshidhar | 9/23/2012

    " Just okay. Actually, maybe not very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalyn | 8/6/2012

    " Not sure how the rest in the series compare, but this book was fun, original, and a pretty accurate representation of American grit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickey Schulz | 7/24/2012

    " Highly enjoyed this book. As a History major I am frequently leary of alternative histories. But the book was engaging, and the author obviously did a great deal of research into the political climate at the time of the 30 years war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Updike | 6/9/2012

    " One of the best alternative history books I've ever read! "

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About the Author
Author Eric Flint

Eric Flint is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling 1632 series. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was picked by the Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He has written a variety of other science fiction and fantasy works, including the Heirs of Alexandria series, the Rats, Bats, and Vats series, and a number of solo novels. Flint is the editor of the Baen Free Library, a place for authors to post entirely free copies of their work. He has also edited a number of science fiction classics by authors such as Christopher Anvil, Murray Leinster, and James H. Schmitz. He currently resides in East Chicago, Indiana, with his wife, Lucille.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.