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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. M. Stirling Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nantucket/Islands in the Sea of Time Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400176809
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In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology. When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice. If they are to save the primitive world from being plunged into bloodshed on a twentieth-century scale, they must defeat Walker at his own game: war. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Another exciting and explosive tale of ambition, ingenuity, intrigue, and discovery. Jane Lindskold, author of When the Gods Are Silent
  • “This fun, intelligent series is perfect not only for action-adventure, alternate history, time travel, and military-SF fans but also for epic fantasy readers, for Burroughs and Haggard fans craving a modern update of the lost-civilization novel, and for anyone who loves Patrick O’Brian’s sensational sea battles.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Strong characterizations, high historical scholarship, superior narrative technique, excellent battle scenes, and awareness of social and economic as well as technological factors in evidence.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " This time-travel series is a lot of fun. I'm not a fan of cliff-hanger endings but I'll probably take the bait and get the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk | 2/16/2014

    " Having read "Island in the Sea of Time in the middle of November I just couldn't wait to see what happened and to get on the next stage of this exciting adventure... and I was not let down! Absolutely brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fejas | 2/7/2014

    " In the same line as the first book in the series, but perhaps too close to that first book to stand out by itself. It felt like it dragged a bit at parts, just setting up the stage for the third book. Mind you, it's not enough to keep me from wanting to read that third book, which I plan to do soon. Still, it gets only 3 stars as opposed to the 4 I gave book 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thesexycaptain | 1/22/2014

    " Part 2 of the Captain's favorite time-travel/alternate-history series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheena | 1/12/2014

    " Fantastic. Every bit as good as the first book! Fans of alternate history will adore this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 1/9/2014

    " I've now read this trilogy four times or more... "

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

    " I liked this. It was a good continuation of the original. We got to meet the Babylonians, the Hittites, and some others. Stirling is doing a credible job weaving the modern into history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kei | 1/2/2014

    " I love the way he makes both his primary and secondary, and honestly, even the characters he only mentions lightly - real. And makes it so that if they die, you feel it. It's the way I try to write, and the way I try to GM. It helps that (maybe if you know enough history) the way he twists it or changes it or... in ways that make sense, given the complications introduced... are fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregg | 12/29/2013

    " Meh. Some interesting time travel interactions, but getting tired of most of the characters and plot not advancing much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 12/11/2013

    " Sequel to Island in the Sea of Time. Excellent!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyd | 11/20/2013

    " Fun read, and scary bad guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jutta | 11/19/2013

    " i really do wish they'd include a map with the old world names for places. i have some idea of the historical places they are refering to from other reading, but it would help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/9/2013

    " Just when I thought this series could not be any more awesome, they started FARMING MOAS. \o/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lafcadio | 10/5/2013

    " Second in the series, definitely curious about how the biggest problem will resolve itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 9/21/2013

    " Second time I've read this. Still good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Rooker | 9/10/2013

    " Loved it!!! What would you do if you were thrown back in time thousands of years? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sparky | 9/7/2013

    " didn't enjoy as much as the first in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Smith | 9/4/2013

    " Good book. Sometimes the details become tedius. The continuation from book one with all the same characters gives a broader view of who these people are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn Gayle | 8/16/2013

    " This is an interesting alternate history. The first book was more intriguing, but there's lots of good vs. evil/have we already changed the future we came from... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenniffer | 8/1/2013

    " Didn't really think I would like it as much as I did. Worth reading once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrairoorah | 12/16/2012

    " The second in the trilogy. I really enjoyed the first one and so far, I like this one also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirkus | 10/27/2012

    " I was hoping for some of the brilliance I saw in the first book but this book was just a long stretch of descriptions. A firefight stretching over 100 pages -.- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/25/2012

    " I'm bound and determined that I'm going to get through this trilogy. I wished more had been resolved in the end, like the first book in the series, but I can certainly see it being set up for the final confrontation in book 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/6/2011

    " THis is an excellent and well researched book revolving around the island of Nantucket being pulled back to the yeah 1250 BC, sometime in the Bronze Age...the characters are interesting and believable and the politics and cultural interactions are excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/17/2011

    " Really enjoying this series!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/11/2011

    " Having read "Island in the Sea of Time in the middle of November I just couldn't wait to see what happened and to get on the next stage of this exciting adventure... and I was not let down! Absolutely brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/29/2010

    " I liked this. It was a good continuation of the original. We got to meet the Babylonians, the Hittites, and some others. Stirling is doing a credible job weaving the modern into history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/2/2010

    " Walker should have died in the first book. There is such a rich diversity of possible threats for the island of Nantucket that the only reason to let Walker live for a second book is if the author is too in love with his clever villain to let him die in a timely manner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/2/2010

    " This was book 2 in the series and it was pretty good. It seemed to be more of a bridge to the third book. More characters were introduced and like usual I got confused on who was who and where they were. I am looking forward to the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/31/2010

    " If you like Stirling, you'll like this. Everyone is getting a little older and wiser, but the book is basically building up to "On the Oceans of Eternity"
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 4/17/2009

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the "Event" series. Characters are well drawn, and the plot is engaging. One of my favorites in the "alternate history" genera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sparky | 2/17/2009

    " didn't enjoy as much as the first in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 1/22/2009

    " This was most definatly a middle book in a series... there was a lot of story build-up that wasn't needed, and overall was difficult to get through. Not so difficult as to not read the third... but, I nearly put this series down for sheer boredom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/7/2009

    " Book 2 - see my earlier reviews of Stirling's work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/26/2008

    " See my review of "Island in the Sea of Time" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The_antichris | 12/1/2008

    " Just when I thought this series could not be any more awesome, they started FARMING MOAS. \o/ "

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About the Author

S. M. Stirling was born in France but is Canadian by origin and American by naturalization. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time and, more recently, Dies the Fire and The Protector’s War. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?