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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: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455188581
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/17/2014

    " Thoughtful sci-fi. Slightly slow early on, and lots of scientific discussion, but picked up pace toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/10/2014

    " This was a hard book to read, in terms of the language. It was such an interesting premise: alien beings crash land in 14th century Germany. Imagine explaining everything in terms of gods and devils. Dana, I think you would like this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/10/2014

    " A researcher investigating the disappearance of a Bavarian village (Eifelheim) in 1349 learns that a spaceship crashed in the area several months before the area was abandoned. It sounds preposterous but it's absolutely wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 12/10/2013

    " Timeline meets Childhood's End but without the time travel. George Lucas would love this.Great idea but felt way too long.I had to force myself to finish Eifelheim. Take a pass on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shipwreck1969 | 12/6/2013

    " If you're a fan of cosmology, quantum physics, 14th century European history, mystery novels, and/or science fiction, there's a good chance you'll love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/9/2013

    " It's like Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle written by a graduate student in medieval history--a serious sort, not much for the parties, but witty once you get to know her. It's...solemn, somehow. And rather depressing. But damn good, I say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 3/7/2013

    " Smartly written and thought provoking. I liked the science edge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 3/3/2013

    " Story moves back and forth between the present and a German village in 1348 just before the plague hits. But the village doesn't exist in the present as it should. Good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari Gritzan | 10/2/2012

    " A fabulous plague read. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 5/3/2012

    " This was a pretty good SF novel. It went in some interesting, and different directions. I'm not 100% on the ending. Definitely one of the better "new" SF books I've read in the past few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/29/2011

    " An alien space ship crash lands in a village in Germany in the middle ages (around 1348). Sounds weird but it works... interesting juxtapositioning of cultures, fears, technology, as well as a pretty good history lesson of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 5/2/2011

    " Occasionally brilliant first contact story of an unusual bend and a nifty exploration of the impossibility of communication between cultures without shared context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elecampane | 4/30/2011

    " I loved this book! It's a fascinating combination of medieval German life, first contact, speculative physics, and well-drawn characters, and some sneaky exploration of the development of scientific language; all things I adore! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curt Hopkins | 4/5/2011

    " Fantastic story. Flynn's in the same camp as Stephenson and Simmons - extremely smart writing with a very realistic feel when treating the unrealistic. Really look forward to reading more of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 3/20/2011

    " Really liked this book, it's educational while remaining interesting. Good character development that was thought provoking for me. I'm not big into aliens or first contact stories in my SF, so this was a pleasant surprise for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 3/17/2011

    " I read the first chapter twice and called it quits. Perhaps I quite too soon, but I couldn't get intrigued enough to even remember the first chapter. Hence why I read it twice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene | 2/15/2011

    " Interesting idea, however many loose ends were not brought together by the end, although the author just assumed that the reader would make their own ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burrton | 1/30/2011

    " Aliens stranded in the black forest in 14th century Germany just before the plague arrives. Author strives for historical accuracy. It's really great to find a new author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/9/2011

    " Just started this one so I up in the air. It has a lot of difficult thought processes scientifically but it really got good reviews and the premise sounds good. We will see. I did not like the transitions at all - could not finish this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 11/30/2010

    " I tried, but I just couldn't quite get into this story. If one can write in a monotone, I would say this author's writing seemed to be just that for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 9/29/2010

    " Very good literary historical sf, but the OMG moment somehow weak and flaccid. Not a lot of sf, by the way. Don't suggest this as a sf read but as historical fiction to sf fans. Having said that it is a good read. I just wish it had had a BANG ending. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and was a Hugo nominee for Eifelheim.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.