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3.00223262032086 out of 53.00223262032086 out of 53.00223262032086 out of 53.00223262032086 out of 53.00223262032086 out of 5 3.00 (2,244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Weber, Eric Flint Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781464036071
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American Freedom and Justice vs. The Tyrannies of the Seventeenth Century

The new government in central Europe, called the Confederated Principalities of Europe, was formed by an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians led by Mike Stearns, who were transplanted into seventeenth-century Germany by a mysterious cosmic accident. The new regime is shaky. Outside its borders, the Thirty Years War continues to rage. Within, it is beset by financial crisis as well as the political and social tensions between the democratic ideals of the twentieth-century Americans and the aristocracy which continues to rule the roost in the CPE.

Worst of all, the CPE has aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, the effective ruler of France. Richelieu has created the League of Ostend in order to strike at the weakest link in the CPE’s armor—its dependence on the Baltic as the lifeline between Gustav Adolf’s Sweden and the rest of his realm.

The greatest naval war in European history is about to erupt. Like it or not, Gustavus Adolphus will have to rely on Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous Americans to save the King of Sweden from ruin.Caught in the conflagration are two American diplomatic missions abroad: Rebecca Stearns’ mission to France and Holland, and the embassy Mike Stearns sent to King Charles of England, which is headed by his sister, Rita, and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca finds herself trapped in war-torn Amsterdam, Rita and Melissa imprisoned in the Tower of London.

As much as Mike wants to transport twentieth-century values into war-torn seventeenth-century Europe, he takes comfort in the fact that Julie, who once trained to be an Olympic marksman, still has her rifle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Flint’s attention to detail is meticulous; the books are well-researched, and the plots well-conceived...1633 is an action-packed novel, with a fast-moving plot that both involves the reader and provokes lots of thought.”

    VOYA

  • “Thoughtful and exciting...highly recommended as a reminder of how we can look to others when at our best.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] rousing tale of adventure and intrigue.”

    Library Journal

  • “The ways in which modern knowledge is used without a technological base are fascinating and well researched, as is the real historical information that helps create the background world.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/20/2016

    " While the story is total fantasy it is woven into actual history of an area of Germany during 1633. The significant figures of that time are blended into the tale in an expanded composite that gives a great appreciation of what life must have been like at that time. The story is very entertaining and enjoyable and whimsical. Glad I came across it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/17/2014

    " I've read this book twice, now. I'm a re-reader by nature, but I think that still says something about how much I like the book. I'm a sucker for historical fiction and rebuilding civilization/lost on a desert island stories, so any book that combines those genres is probably going to be all right with me. That said, as far as I can tell, it's well researched and plausible, and there are fun characters and exciting action galore. It's feels like a trashy novel only smarter, if that makes any sense. This is part two of a series: read 1632 first if you're interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 2/16/2014

    " This book is the sequel to 1632. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one as it has a *lot* of the obscure European politics in it. Not being very familiar with that era's history (at least not at that level), it became a bit tedious. Still, it is very well written and the battle scenes are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Markt5660 | 1/31/2014

    " My first e-book. Reading on my iPod. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simeonberesford | 1/27/2014

    " Volume 2 Nothing special Modern american town Finds itself in the midst of the thirty years war and brings Democracy, Big Guns and Apple Pie to the people. To be fair the authors do try to give the Pie a european flavour.[return][return]I learned some odds and sods about the history while grappled with an unlikely plot. Eric Flint is very much a product of the American trade union movement which gives the revolutionary ideals of this book a different feel to that usual.[return][return]For some reason this book brought home to me that many Americans do genuinely see themselves as part of an on going and continuing revolution. Democracy is for them very much a revolutionary ideal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frode | 1/24/2014

    " Yup, reading the sequels. Lots of action, some interesting political commentary, acceptable characters but no real character development aside from seeing a different side to John Simpson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobscopatz | 1/19/2014

    " I can't put this series down. It's really well written and paced. I never would've imagined that the central idea had such "legs" but Flint is keeping me interested without fail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 1/16/2014

    " Better than 1632 in many ways, but you should probably read 1632 before reading this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 1/4/2014

    " I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Just a ridiculous story line and not carried by any other aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor T | 12/10/2013

    " I laughed, I cheered, I cried, I cheered more, I drank coffee and ate a donut. All in all a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/6/2013

    " The continuation of the story started in 1632. The only downside to this book is that it is not an inclusive a story as the one before. The cliffhanger ending made me want to tear my hair out and scream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/5/2013

    " Meh...I liked the ones about Nantucket's transportation better. Also, gotta say that reading David Weber can be a test of endurance relating to weaponry. I get enough of that with the Safehold series, which I'll stick with. I'd buy this series in an airport, but won't be searching for it otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Camp | 12/4/2013

    " Little slower than 1632, but it builds on the cast of characters and has me eager to continue through this universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/30/2013

    " More time displacement, American ideals influencing historical events and ways of living. I enjoyed it, however disjointed the plot felt at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Naffier | 11/29/2013

    " Slower than 1632... more involved story lines... but overall, a nice addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/28/2013

    " Great follow up to 1632. I really enjoy reading about the mix of histories. The stories are detailed well and you care about the characters. Recommended for fans of alternate history/fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron Waltman | 11/6/2013

    " I really loved the first book, but this one bored me to death. I have tried twice to get through it. Given up both times. I would recommend that you read the first book in the series and just stop there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 8/28/2013

    " Continues the hectic pace set by 1632. A must-read if you enjoyed 1632. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/9/2013

    " This book is more technical than the first book 1632. It is still well written and I enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thorn | 3/17/2013

    " This is a wonderful example of alternative history. Take Germany in the middle of Thirty Year War, add a Virginian town from the 21st century, see the fur fly! The characters are memorable and the action is impressive. I enjoyed the prequel to this and some of the sequels are also very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeann | 11/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! There are some obvious problems of 'modern' people adapting to the 17th century that are not addressed or, perhaps because it is written by men, not even considered. But all in all, it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. Mitchell | 8/30/2012

    " A good read, not too philosophical. Started a whole series of books, though, because the kernel idea is so strong. I liked it a lot, will read more of the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Sanders | 8/28/2012

    " Read 1632 first. We turn to learn about historical figures in silos. Alternate histories, such as this one, put contemporaries in context and then twists them in unusual ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 7/26/2012

    " Slows down and stumbles some but the story stays absorbing and the characters are good. i like the idea of Macdonalds becoming a chain of coffee shops where revelutionary ideas like freedon get discussed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/10/2012

    " Fantastic follow-up to 1632 with even more discussion-worth political ideas wrapped into a fast-paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manee | 6/9/2012

    " Enjoyable alt-history, but the constant need to expound on weapons/ships/and the like gets to be a little tiresome after a while. I literally started skipping a page here and there after way too much exposition on how "Gun A" worked and how it differed from "Gun B." "

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About the Author
Author David Weber

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington space-opera adventures are New York Times bestsellers and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers.  He lives in South Carolina with his wife and their three children.

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.