Dies the Fire : Emberverse

  • by S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Emberverse
  • 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. 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.

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Customer Reviews

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Good but jumpy

I enjoyed the story and the narrator is very good however there are quiet a few times that it suddenly jumps forward or to another part of the story line with no particular pause or change of chapter. I'm not sure if it is the way it is written or the way it has been edited but for a few moments you are left wondering what has happened. Apart for that it was very good and if it hadn't been for that I would have given it 5 stars.
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- Andrew

Excellent story, terrible narration

Would you listen to Dies the Fire again? Why?

The concept of the story is a good one. It merges together the concepts of fantasy and sci-fi in an interesting way


What other book might you compare Dies the Fire to, and why?

Not sure


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

The narration is what lets this book down. The narrator is awful. Every 20 or so words is mispronounced. I expect someone who reads for a living to have a decent vocabulary. Words mispronounced that I can remember off the top of my head include : celtic, seconded, viscount, precise, endinburgh, surmise etc. This by no means an exhaustive list as there are too many to remember.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book could be very emotional. But the bad reading distracts from otherwise would be an excellent and emotional story.


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- Chris Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio