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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author S. M. Stirling continues what Library Journal has termed his "epic of survival and rebirth," chronicling a modern world without technology. 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....
©2009 S. M. Stirling (P)2009 Tantor Media
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4 out of 5 stars
By Danaldi on 05-22-12

Frustrating Narration

The story is epic in scope, passable in style. A good ripping yarn, but not a classic.

The narrator has excellent control. Each character had a unique, fitting accent and it was clear instantly who was speaking (or thinking) most of the time.
Unfortunately, the narrator had a few annoying and recurring pronunciation errors that really jarred me when they occurred. Pronouncing "chete" as "sheet" is understandable, but since it's based on "machete", he should probably have pronounced it "shetty". "Coif", when referring to headgear is pronounced "koyf", not "kwaf" (which refers to the hair). And every time an animal "barred" its teeth, I had to grind my teeth to keep from yelling out "BARED".

Please, audiobook narrators, get your pronunciations right before you start! If you're not absolutely sure how a word is pronounced, please look it up, or ask the author! These pronunciation issues jar me out of an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 10-21-09

It just gets better and better.

Mr. Sterling's mind continues to run in Turbo Mode. In this volume, some issues are resolved only to be replaced by deeper mysteries. A number of new characters are introduced, some good, some bad, most interesting. Rudy continues to learn and move toward becoming the larger than life hero he must. In the end, we must await another book.

The only criticism I have is the inordinate amount of time taken to describe the many feasts that Rudy and his compatriots must endure on their travels. I can only suspect that Mr. Sterling must write on an empty stomach. I nearly went so far as to give the book only 4 stars for this reason but it is just to darn good everywhere else.

I strongly suggest that if you have not read the previous books in this series that you start with the first and work your way to the last. Otherwise much of the context will be confusing. Fortunately all the previous books are also very good.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 11-21-13

More of the same

What did you like best about this story?

The further development of the characters, story line is interesting enough to keep me coming back to find out what happens

Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

NO... random changing of accents and poor pronunciation of words used many times drives me nuts.

Any additional comments?

I think the style is getting a little rambling, repeatedly reminding the listener what things are. I guess that’s similar to the style of a lot of American TV shows though. I do not need another description of the main characters outfits, I have heard it enough.
I suspect an abridged version maybe more enjoyable.
And if I had a friend that kept speaking in a language I didn’t understand to then have to repeat himself in English he may well get a punch, high king or not ;)

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