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1634: The Ram Rebellion

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 8
Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
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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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  • SameOldStory
  • 09-06-15

Baaa, Baaa, Baaad.

I read this book when It first came out, and regretted it.

But that's been many years, and the audiobook has got to be a better experience. Right?

No.

It's not all bad, but I find that I could have EASILY lived without trying it a second time.


So, if you've read the book, skip the audiobook.

If you're a "Ring of Fire" enthusiast, as I am, AND you've never read this book, you might as well get it.

It's not ALL bad. But you could easily cut away 75% of it and be happier than you would be by going through the whole book.

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  • Ann
  • 12-04-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-18

Just to save everybody time and money..

I only managed to make it halfway through the book, but to overview the story to there so you can skip halfway through ( or even better can just skip the book entirely ):

Somebody wants to buy farmland.
Women gossip.
A woman has sheep and wants a better breeding ram.
Women gossip.
Woman complains about lack of coffee.
Women gossip.
A chapter where a ram and child's doll have a spoken conversation.
Woman complains about lack of coffee.
Women gossip.
Woman complains about lack of coffee.
Woman complains about lack of coffee.
Woman complains about lack of coffee.

There's no actual plot. It does nothing to move the overall story forward. The only connection to the meaningful characters in the story is through random name dropping and a couple pieces of disconnected flavor text.

Skip this book.

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  • Jase
  • 08-07-18

Ugh

I love this series, and I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it was so slow at parts.
Also, the way it is written some of it was very hard for me to follow because I was not clear that the speaker changed from one person to the next until I got far into the next chapter or paragraph to get the context of what was being said
Just overall blah.
Yes I understand it didn’t future any main characters, it wasn’t an attempt at an interesting backstory for the rebellion, and I probably would’ve enjoyed it more in the book come with a warning that it was a companion piece type of book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-18

Thank God it's over , could not make it 1/2 way.

wast of credit , people strugling to servive aren't going to be artsy. and wiil not wast time on ceramics junk.

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  • Kenneth
  • 23-12-17

Bad story; good narrator can't fix it

Would you try another book from Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce and/or George Guidall?

Nothing more w/ VDM on masthead
Guidall very good

What do you think your next listen will be?

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

Engaging and interesting voice. It is put to much better use on other books in the series.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment; too much superficial nonsense about sheep.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • Ray
  • 30-01-15

Avoid At All Costs!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you are looking for some poorly written fan fiction set in the Ring of Fire Universe, then this is the book for you. If you want a well written story from author Eric Flint, you will not find it in The Ram Rebellion. To say this book is poorly edited is too mild. It's a quasi-anthology of mind numbingly dull stories told in mostly (but not entirely) chronological order about the events which lead up to a rebellion and how that fight unfolds. If this had been written by one person with a clear goal in mind, it could have been a compelling story. Instead, it's just a mess that is not worth anyone's time.

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  • K-G-S
  • 08-06-16

I couldn't finish it...

bored nearly to tears. no plot. half of it reads as a love story to Thomas pain.

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  • Newpunisherfan1
  • 03-04-16

bad

listen to the other books this is the worst in a really really good siries

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  • Robert
  • 26-10-15

dont waste ur time<br />

you can skip all of this And still know what happened in the 1634 series

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