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Summary

S. M. Stirling presents his first novel of the Change, the start of the New York Times best-selling post-apocalyptic saga set in a world where all technology has been rendered useless.  

The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable - and plunged the world into a dark age humanity was unprepared to face....    

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane’s engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.  

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Now, taking refuge in her family’s cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.   

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest....

©2004 Stephen M. Stirling (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • Triona
  • 08-09-21

Overall excellent - mispronunciations irritating

I've read the book multiple times, and still love it. Excellent plot, character development - the whole shebang. I find the dramatization to be an interesting new twist that definitely livens up a story I've enjoyed so many times.

My only complaint are the mispronunciations. You see, I live in Corvallis, Oregon. Corvallis is in the Willamette Valley, next to Albany - all of which are mispronounced. I know, I know- small stuff! But, it's distracting! 😂

I'm currently only a few chapters in & am praying that I either get used to it, or the actors shift their pronunciation...

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  • Chris Perkins
  • 04-09-21

Very good.

I have read this book series before up until book 7 I think and they’re all quite good for the genre.

This is a well acted version with a full cast as well as a narrator in the vein of the We’re Alive series. The story is fine without the cast and added audio but having a cast of characters as well as the sounds of battle, cars, animals, foley art, etc brings it all together fantastically. I recommend all three of the first novels highly, and if you enjoy them you’ll likely enjoy the rest as the stories follow the younger characters as they grow up and have adventures of their own.

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  • Tamara B.
  • 23-02-22

Overly convenient and poor audio mixing

The graphic audio presentation was phenomenal for most of the book; however, during certain fight scenes it became difficult to understand the narration. This could have been an artistic choice, but it was poorly executed in a few areas.

The story is quite intriguing and the premise of the book is quite unique; especially by neutralizing the use of advanced weaponry. The companions each of the main characters gain are overly convenient which takes away from the prestige of the characters. Essentially, the main characters are just boosted by the narrative rather than overcoming challenges and gaining relevant/necessary experience.

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  • Laura Shamblin
  • 27-10-21

WONDERFUL 👏 👏

Beautifully crafted, riveting and compelling to the very end. The audio brought the story and characters to life in a fantastic way.. it truly was a "movie in my mind"... well done!!!