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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Flynn Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn’t. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than six hundred years ago?

In 1348, as the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe, Father Deitrich is the priest of the village that will come to be known as Eifelheim. A man educated in science and philosophy, he is astonished to become the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest.

Tom, Sharon, and Father Deitrich have a strange and intertwined destiny of tragedy and triumph in this brilliant novel by the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Flynn masterfully achieves an intricate panorama of medieval life, full of fascinatingly realized human and Krenken characters whose fates interconnect with poignant irony.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Anthony Heald is an engaged narrator…He sounds enthusiastic and somber, curious and convinced. His presentation of the intellectual exchanges between Tom and Sharon is quietly vibrant and grounds this thriller in the modern day.”


  • “With a sure grasp of both speculative science and medieval history, Flynn…compellingly weaves past and present together in a dialog of faith and science…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Flynn credibly maintains the voice of a man whose worldview is based on concepts almost entirely foreign to the modern mind, and he makes a tense and thrilling story of historical research out of the contemporary portions of the tale.”


  • “The writer I think of most often when I read him is Poul Anderson: the same mix of quantitative, hard-science rationality and humanist empathy, the same willingness to explore the other country that is the past, and the same response and compassion for his characters, whether or not they share DNA or a worldview with us.”

    Locus Magazine

  • “Narrator Anthony Heald does a tremendous job with the narration. He’s an excellent match with the material, handling accents and characters with unobtrusive skill. Choices he made with the alien voices were particularly effective.”


  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Science Fiction 2006
  • A 2007 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn | 2/16/2014

    " A different book--historical science fiction. The science fiction portion is easy to read although impossible to understand. The historical part is very authentic, leading to a lot of words I've never heard used or read before. The historical part takes place in 1348 in Germany. This is not an era I am familiar with so I am sure there were many names and references that went over my head. The research that went into this story is amazing. The characters are fairly well fleshed out. The locale is very detailed and interesting. The story line is good. The character of the aliens is slowly revealed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Misty | 2/8/2014

    " This book is really, really good. Dense and intellectual, touching on religion, theology, history and physics. But it is also touching and sensitive and funny. A working knowledge of Latin, German and French would be helpful but not necessary to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suburbangardener | 2/5/2014

    " This book combines two of my favorite genres, Medieval Europe & Sci-Fi in two parallel stories. A historian seeks the answer to why a village in the Black Forest of Germany vanished, which he discusses with his physicist girlfriend. Travelers from another world crash landed in the woods outside a small German village in the mid 14th Century. The priest, a man of education and secrets, befriends them and attempts to help them repair their vessel so they can return home. It's a race against time with the aliens dying, villagers believing them demons, and the Plague stalking the land. The recreation of the medieval world is richly detailed and authentic, with a clever mixing of fact and fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Davis | 1/21/2014

    " Good Story 7. Scott introduces his "cousin" from the other side of the woods. Julie can't help wondering why he reminds her of a grasshopper. "

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