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A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare to use them.

Rudi Mackenzie, son and heir of the mystic Juniper, must journey with seven friends across a continent in chaos to the Sunrise Lands to solve the riddle of what destroyed a civilization. And as the friends journey farther into the interior, enemies may be within their own band as well as outside it.

©2007 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor

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"Thought-provoking and engaging." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Rodger Hara
  • 08-10-2011

Bumpy Read-applies to all books in this series

I read the series from the beginning and looked forward to listening to it very much as I drive 2500 miles a month. Todd McLaren, the reader, does a very good job with voices, accents and tone but has an infuriating habit of mispronouncing simple words - i.e., when someone bares their teeth, he reads it as "barred". There are way too many of those to list. If you're accustomed to hearing what you've read, be prepared for a bumpy read - it's jarring when it happens. Probably the most egregious mispronunciation is when someone of Celtic origin says "Shite", he pronounces it "She-ite" - like the Muslim sect. Sets my teeth on edge and I lose the thread of the story because it's so distracting.

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  • Randy
  • 16-10-2009

The first book of the second trillogy...

...is as good as the first three books. This is one of my favorite genres, post-apocalyptic survival and S. M. Stirling does it very well. After reading the other reviews I can see some of the detractor's points but this is, after all, science fiction/fantasy. It is neither history nor prognostication. The likable characters are very likable and the despicable characters are easy to despise. The premise of sudden isolation and the identification by the surviving members of a group with a strong leader is easy to swallow and makes for a fascinating variety among the different "civilizations". I think Todd McLaren does a fine job differentiating characters with accent and voicing, he doesn't do young girls very well but what would you expect from someone with a fine Bass voice like that. The only criticism and warning to listeners is the book jumps around in both time and space and it's not always clear when it happens. Listen closely or you'll find yourself rewinding to figure out how you got from Dun Juniper to "east of the Cascades" in one breath. A great series and a great read.

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  • Michael
  • 11-05-2008

Change is not always good, but this book is.

The story: the story is good, very good. I like post apocalyptic style novels. This one is one with a twist. One I haven't seen before, but that adds a lovely flavor to the novel.
The writing: The writing is good and gives each character and alliance great depth and a substantial feel
The narrator: The narator does a good job of representing the characters. At times I wonder if he is mispronouning a word due to the characters or just in general. It doesnt subtract from the story and happens only about three times in the book. I have a feeling its because of the nationality of the narrator possibly.
Overall: I read alot, and when I can't read I listen. I listen to audiobooks, especially, when I run. This book held my interest well enough that an hour on the treadmill went by without my looking at the timer.
Members of the society of creative anachronism and readers of Tolkien will feel justified reading this book.

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  • Susan
  • 01-01-2009

Fun to listen to.

I have listened to all the books previous to this one and this one did not dissapoint either.
This book deals with the second generation after the change, and is just as fun and interesting to listen to as the others.

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  • Sandra
  • 29-09-2008

Great Book and Great series

This is a great series and a joy to listen to. I can hardly turn the story off when I have to work. The ONLY issue I have is with the word Willamette, when refering to the river or the valley, the reader is saying Will-A-met when it should be said as Will-Am-It. But still well worth the price and you should get all of them

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  • A. Tuck
  • 24-06-2008

Interesting story

This was a good story and the narrator did a decent job. It kept my attention throughout, even though it was a longer audiobook. I would have given it five stars, but the narrator mispronounced some words and the pacing was a bit off. There were pauses where there weren't section breaks and no pauses where there should have been. But it was definitely a fun listen.

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  • Andy
  • 25-08-2008

Not a review but an important note:

One thing missing from the reviews is that this is NOT the third book in the series, but rather the start of a second trilogy, in essense the 4th book. The third book isn't available by audible, as far as I can tell.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2018

Not an Oregon Native...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sunrise Lands to be better than the print version?

God no... Neither the producers or the reader Todd McLaren did any research on the pronunciations of the places in this book, or of the other previous ones. Willamette is pronounced "wil-AM-it", not willa-met. You can find that out on freaking Wikipedia for god's sake. Half of the places in the Northwest he pronounces wrong, and if you are from there it kinda ruins the whole thing... Also they call some weapons "shete" in the book which is short for Machete and there is even a line in the freaking book that explains that. So why in the hell does he pronounce it "sheet" instead of "Chety" like it would be if you didn't say the first part of Machete????

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

An Oregon native that's for damn sure! Or at least someone form the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Silentwolfe85
  • 06-03-2018

love the stories... the voice actor is trying

the writing is well researched.... needs a new reader or someone who is familiar with the terminology used by the characters

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  • Steven Gavin
  • 28-12-2017

pronunciation

pretty sure the truncation of machete, shete, is pronounced like the last syllable of machete, and not like "sheet".