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- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (Feb. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400153824
- ISBN-13: 978-1400153824
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 91 g
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Beyond the Gap: A Novel of the Opening of the World MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
In this promising first of a new saga, alternate-history maven Turtledove (Ruled Britannia) depicts a Bronze Age society in transition. A growing gap in the glacier that has formed the Raumsdalian Empire's northern border for millennia allows Count Hamnet Thyssen and Trasamund the jarl, of the nomadic Northern Bizogot, to become the empire's Lewis and Clark. They and their entourage, which inconveniently includes Hamnet's unfaithful ex-wife, Gudrid, depart the empire's capital city, Nidaris, to explore what lies beyond the glacier and search for the fabled Golden Shrine. On the way, a formidable and attractive (if unbathed) Bizogot shaman, Liv, joins the expedition—and Hamnet under the animal hides. If the Raumsdalians and Bizogots don't always get along, their culture clash is nothing compared to the threat they face on the other side of the glacier: the Rulers, a tribe of imperious, mammoth-riding warriors. A vivid setting and strong characterization bode well for future installments. (Feb.)
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The Raumsdalian imperial capital Nidaros was originally a mammoth-hunter's camp at the edge of a great glacier. The glacier retreated, and city, then empire, grew. The glacier remains, out of sight beyond the northern horizon but not, with the houses of Nidaros built to withstand frigid northern blasts, out of mind. A chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots brings to Nidaros word of a narrow gap that has opened in a supposedly endless wall of ice, revealing new lands and new beasts. Are there new people? The emperor sends Count Hamnet Thyssen, an old soldier recently, painfully divorced, to explore. Rather than the fabled Golden Shrine beyond the ice, he finds enough blood, toil, and ignorance (also a few sympathetic women) to convince him that empire and Bizogots need to develop new defenses fast. Neither welcomes his counsel, and he'll have his hands full in subsequent books. Readers familiar with late imperial Rome will recognize the period and peoples Turtledove adapts. Not top-drawer Turtledove, but a solid actioner with an ironically attractive protagonist. Frieda Murray
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
This is evidently a book where Turtledove wanted to indulge in some world-building, and wanted to let the setting of the story create some of the magic. Unfortunately endless frigid steppes do not exactly make for magical reading, and the setting was emphasized at the expense of character development, plot, action, and everything else. I was going to scream if he mentioned ptarmigans or how bad horsemeat tastes one more time.
If you want to read a dreary fictional travelogue about living with mammoth-herding nomads on the tundra, reminded at every other page about how hungry the characters are, this is for you.
I skipped the third book.
For the most part I liked the story. It held my attention, and didn't have any of the problems that I associate with fantasy literature, such as obvious political motivations and shallow, stereotypical, unrealistic characters. I hope that Hamnet, the main character will be worked on a bit, because he is a bit stereotypical and predictable, but the others seem to be round enough to stand out in the genre. If the author devotes time to developing these characters, the series will turn out well.
For those who like fun, sword swinging, fast paced adventure stories, this is for you. For those who are looking for a deep intellectual experience, look elsewhere.
Not giving away anything this story is set in an ice-age alternate reality. The protagonists seek to discover what is on the other side of what had been for thousands of years an impenetrable glacier. They find something they never expected. The good news for Turtledove fans is that the ending leaves the way open to at least a sequel.
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