Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

1 Square2 Squares3 Squares4 Squares5 Squares (97 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change by S. M. Stirling

The readers can download Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change Audiobook for free via Audible Free Trial.


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. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race---and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined.



  • Be warned: once you dive into this series, you'll be hooked. Full of action and expertly written, this book, along with the others in the series, keeps a fast pace and provides ample detail. I must commend Todd McLaren, a top-notch narrator (the same one who did a remarkable job with Altered Carbon), for bringing this gripping tale to life in such a stunning manner. It's definitely worth your time and credits. However, it's not recommended for those who are easily disturbed or too young, as there is a significant amount of graphic violence. But considering the nature of the story, it's completely fitting. Enjoy!
  • I bought this book because the concept intrigued me - surviving in a world without technology. However, I quickly became annoyed with the author's choice of storytelling, to the point where I wanted to throw my iPod out of the car window! How can a native Oregonian (from Portland, no less) be fluent in Gaelic and have a fully developed Scots-Irish accent? It seems highly unlikely, but fine, the whole story is a stretch. But what made it worse was that the main character and her followers quickly developed a pagan culture (within three to five months), complete with phrases like "Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again!" and constant references to the "Goddess of the harvest, field, wood, and/or toad" in every conversation. Ugh! If I have to hear that "Merry meet" phrase one more time, I might throw up. There is a male protagonist whose story is more interesting. However, even he makes it impossible to suspend disbelief when he successfully organizes an assault on a fort by landing hang gliders on a tower at night, with people who have never flown gliders before. That was the breaking point for me. Save your credits and choose something else.
  • This audiobook is incredibly terrible and harsh. It appears to rely heavily on overused survivalist tropes and unrealistic daydreams. I gave it a chance by listening for approximately 20 minutes, but ultimately decided to stop. As a fan of post-apocalyptic stories such as "A Boy and His Dog," "Maleval," or anything by Stephen King, I was deeply disappointed. Save yourself the trouble and do not waste your time on this one. Even though I purchased it during a half-price sale, I still feel cheated.