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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. M. Stirling Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Emberverse 2: The Sunrise Lands Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400176830
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Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time. Only one odd stone house remains standing. Within it, Rudi finds a beautifully made sword waiting for him—and once he takes it up, nothing will ever be the same… Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid…[Stirling] eloquently describes a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • This new novel of the Change is quite probably the finest by an author who has been growing in skill and imagination for more than 25 years. Booklist Starred Review
  • “Stirling is a perfect master of keep-them-up-all-night pacing, possibly the best in American sf, quite capable of sweeping readers all the way to the end, with a galley going under a bridge in Dubuque in the Provisional Republic of Iowa, and leaving them crying for more.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Ramirez | 2/20/2014

    " Another exciting entry in this epic adventure tale. #7 just came out - I'll be looking for it in audio soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/1/2014

    " the epic quest of a small band of adventurers against a cult of evil, in a Earth changed when electricity and gunpowder become non working, continues, post apoclyptic sci fi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Blake | 1/27/2014

    " This is the latest in a fabulous series. You really need to start at the beginning, but these are worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 1/25/2014

    " Slow going on this one. Stirling's books are like that. You have to slog through several chapters and then it starts getting good towards the middle and then thrilling to the end. I am about ready for him to end this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pink | 1/12/2014

    " Love, love, love this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margali | 12/19/2013

    " Stirling continues to be my favorite alternative history writer, though I think I like the first Change trilogy a little better than this later quadrology. I'm still eagerly awaiting the sequel -- if only the author could write as fast as I read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/16/2013

    " onward, to High King of Montival! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafe Sacks | 11/23/2013

    " See my review of the first book 'Dies the Fire'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Steketee | 8/5/2013

    " While I really enjoyed this book, I didn't enjoy it as much as the rest of the books in the series. In particular, I found chapter 21 to be somewhat clumsy. Maybe it will be redeemed in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomi | 6/8/2013

    " This series is totally one of my guilty pleasures. This 6th book was a great addition to the series and I can scarcly wait for the series conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jutta | 3/1/2013

    " it's alot of fun seeing how the author weaves modern day pop culture into myth in the post apocalyptic world. like the group that believes tolkein's stories are "the Histories" or the bastardized litany against fear from Dune. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 2/1/2013

    " With The Sword of the Lady, I was still definitely enjoying this series, but I'm only giving it 3 stars because it was at this point that I started to get the distinct, unpleasant impression that the author was sandbagging a bit with the storyline in order to stretch out this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2013

    " This series has become repetitive & predictable, but the characters & story are compelling enough that I keep picking the new ones up. I was a little shocked to discover that this was not the last book. It reads, and ends, like it should be. Now I'm curious to see what could possibly come next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 4/8/2012

    " At this point the story lost my interest and I stopped reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 1/5/2012

    " the books in this series keep getting more and more mystical. I don't think this is going to be an easy series to wrap up. A good adventure yarn still if you can get by some of the parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kazmo | 11/25/2011

    " Actually picked this one up when I was midway through reading "Hyperion". Set Hyperion aside and slammed right through this one in two nights. Enjoy reading this a lot more than Hyperion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/31/2011

    " This is a wonderful alternate history saga. It interweaves the how to if it really would happen with alternate faiths and how it might work. If you've never read alternate history this series is most believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Blevins | 8/2/2011

    " This was probably my favorite book of the series, excepting the first novel. The preview two books felt like a bit of a slump or just preparatory work for the events in this one. Looking forward to reading the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2011

    " Good, although Stirling lifted the veil on the Alien Space Bats a bit more, and this glimpse doesn't make much sense. "

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

    " See my review of the first book 'Dies the Fire'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/19/2010

    " series is beginning to lean too far towards the mystical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/10/2010

    " A great tale of alternative future America. Would have helped if I read the first 5 books. This future is not to far fetched, besides the supernatural elements. And with everyone else gone, who's to say they wouldn't come out to play? "

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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?