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Publisher's Summary

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.
Inspired by the example of American freedom and justice, a movement in Franconia among the peasants, who have revolted several times even before the arrival from the future of the town of Grantville, an independent revolutionary movement has arisen, flying the banner of the head of a ram. The West Virginians fully approve of liberating the peasants from the nobility, but they are also aware of how revolutionary movements can lead to bloodbaths. And avoiding that deadly possibility will require all of their future knowledge and all their plain old American horse-trading diplomacy....
©2006 Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
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1 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 04-12-17

mind numbing

What would have made 1634: The Ram Rebellion better?

Total redo, maybe...

What do you think your next listen will be?

My MP3 rolled right into 2001 a space odessey which I was very pleased with. I first saw the movie when it debuted. The book certainly shed light on the story and enjoyed Clark's writing style. Unsure if I'll take a chance on another book in the 1632 series, although I very much enjoyed first two books, I have to think additional authors are reason this book bogged down. I like and can absorb a great deal of detail and setting in a story, but this book went way beyond my capacity. It was mind numbing at times.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator did a fine job with bor-ing text.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Did like the exposure and absorption of Common Sense on the commoners.

Any additional comments?

Have never asked to return a book, but so disappointed with this one I just might.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gino on 02-05-15

It's Not a 1633 Sequel. So What ? It's Great Fun

Get over the idea that this is a 1633 sequel and enjoy these delightful stories. You will get to meet some important ongoing characters in this volume. The more of a fan you are, the more you will understand and like this read.

When this book was published the Grantville Gazette was not past it's 50th issue and many people thought the Ring of Fire series was a few glamorous novels with more of the same to follow. The idea of humble people from a small town assimilating into a big world in a known historical context is fertile ground for new and expanding approaches and with the big success of the Grantville Gazette, the ROF universe has expanded greatly into a number of serial adventures, articles and stories, some very small, some factual, some speculative and all organized around the Ring of fire.

Acculturation, opression, rebellion, irony, humor all with an allegorical eye to our current state is brought up in this book all the while under the subheading, 'This is all a bit of fun'. The bigger the fan of the Grantville Universe you are, the more you will like this book.

I wish there was more bandwidth in the recording, it sounds a little confined.
Nick Sullivan could do a real good job on this series, they should add him to the crew. There are a number of titles to go to catch up.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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