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By Robert on 09-21-11
Admit it, you're in for the duration
Didja ever wonder what was going on in Montival while Rudy and the gang were on the sword quest? Me neither. (12 hours of that) . Dies the Fire was a really fun thought experiment. Hard Sci-fi and swashbucker and whatwouldUdo post-apocalypse thought experiment. I even enjoy trying to use my undergraduate physics (quantum mechanics and Boyles Law) to explain the "change" Macguffin to my friends. The 2-followups set the hook ...or maybe I actually just skimmed the food porn in the first four books (advantage to print). Anyway, I'm still enjoying the ride. But the ride IS getting slower. Makes me wonder why he's spends time recapping the origin stories (like sequels usually do) because anyone still here at book EIGHT was surely here from the beginning. Worth a credit for emberverse fans. If you're new, head for book one then decide.
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By carl on 03-31-14
Filling in the backstory
Where does The Tears of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top 20%
Who was your favorite character and why?
There were several
What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I'm used to McClaren. Changing narrators now would be jarring.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Would've liked to, but it takes a couple of days
Any additional comments?
I really don't understand all these negative reviews. Like David Weber, Stirling writes in great detail and many layers. If one allows oneself to become invested in the narrative, these books are very compelling. I will be listening to the entire series many times in the future.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Ian on 10-23-15
Excellent providing you have patience
First this book is excellent especially for those who have been following the series. However it is slow only covering a few months instead of the typical year of the previous books. Also this book isn't the physical world building of the previous journey books concentrating on the spiritual world building forcing the reader to understand that this is a world different from pre change or post change this is now a post sword world. There is a back story element which is a key focus within the book leaving previous main characters to fall into the background and bringing other background characters into the fore, which will aid in to bring in a wider character base into future books.
By Mr. Brian Whittle on 09-23-11
mostly Stuff happens book
Well written but this is just the prelude to the war so its mostly a " stuff happens" book. There is a big chunks about Mary llu's downfall but it is a book that if skipped to the next one you won't have missed much