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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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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
someone who loves the dating game
What was most disappointing about Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce ’s story?
The story was mostly about introducing new characters and who is interested in who. I about lost my mind trying to understand the interpersonal relationships and why I care.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?
George Guidall was great. Not his best work considering his narration of women is not his strong suit. There was a lot of female narration in this one.
Any additional comments?
I would be really reluctant to pay for another book co-wrote by Virginia DeMarce. If they are like this one I'd run not walk away.
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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.