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I'm a big fan of this series and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books up until this one. The narration, as with the other audio versions I have listened to, was superb. The problem was the story, or lack thereof. It felt like I was wading through page after page of pointless family history with so many names I couldn't keep track of who was whom. The driving thrill of the other books just wasn't there. I soldiered through figuring that I didn't want to miss any pertinent tidbits for future books. I hope it doesn't prove to be the waste of time it felt like when I got to the end.
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Ok the book was prett good I was enjoying it and then once a agian out of no where they drop another faget into the middle of the story and it just does not sit well. It honestly made me stop and go why would they even. Who thought this was a good idea from one of the characters we are suppose to like and respect. Considering how strong a role Biggetry plays in this book they should have considered if dropping and faget into casual conversation by one of the good guys was a wise choice. It doesn't set up anything or explore their own prejudices it's very black white they are bad and bigets we are good and tolerant so why the fuck would they drop faget into casual conversation.
Would you try another book written by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce or narrated by George Guidall?
I had read reviews that this was not up to the standard of the rest of the series and thats only the half of it. Randomly introduced new characters made me loose track of what plot there was. This is definitely the result of Virginia DeMarce's contribution
Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce again?
yes to Eric Flint No to Virginia DeMarce
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1635?
all of it
Any additional comments?
George Guidall was excellent
Not the best book in the series
It seems DeMarce brings a certain amount of "soap" to the 1632 universe. In this book there are chapters that could fit as a manus for a episode of Emmerdale or something, endless disection of how people are related to each other and flashback to things that happend before the Ring of fire.
Character development are always interesting, but here the story could be improved with some editing, cutting and condensing, to focus and speed up the story, the .... meandering, between the moving parts becomes annoying after a while.