I remember reading this series when they were first coming out. So I decided to buy them listen at work for nostalgia's sake. I've always liked the concept of the story line.
The accents (British characters with a garbled combination of Australian, American and British accents; Russians who sound more German than the German characters) and portrayal of women's voices are TERRIBLE, to the point where it's actually distracting from the story. The narrator also seems a bit dry or disinterested at times.
If you like alternative history, you can't go wrong with this series. If you can get past the accents and moderately drab narration, it's a good listen.
I am a software engineer. It is hard for me to read books that I am interested in because work takes up lots of my time. Listening to a book I've been craving to read while I work solves this issue. The pacing and the performance by the reader is very good and helps understand the story. If I get lost (which has happened twice) I can always follow along with some text from the book and everything makes sense after that. This audiobook is very good.
World War 2, Allies, Nazis, the Soviet Union, characters from history, and Aliens make this book just wonderful. As a history buff, this is so awesome.
The initial scene from the point of view of the aliens is hilarious. They had sent out a probe back in the middle ages and expected the humans to fight them with medieval armor and horses. Once they scout Earth once again, they are surprised by our technological developments and try their best to adjust to it.
The attack on the Soviet Union. The Red Army gives them a fight they were not expecting!
This is a great alternative history novel, which I have read 2 times, was happy to try the audio book and was not disappointed. The narrator does a good job most of the time, only issue being the change over in scenes is a bit quick and some words seemed a bit chopped off. His voices are very good and seem to be fairly consistent throughout the book.
The story itself is fantastic.
Unless you have a deep interest in extra-terrestrial aliens who look like lizards and speak poor English, you might find some of Mr. Turtledove's other alternative histories of more interest (The American Empire trilogy, for example). This book just seems rather silly.
This book is about an alternative history -- lizard like space aliens attempt to take seize control of earth during WWII. Allied and Axis countries work together, albeit relunctantly, to save the earth. The story is told throught the experience of individual lizards and people. It is exciting and interesting.
This is a great book, I almost enjoyed listening to it more than I enjoyed reading it. Also another review here states how the lizards tech. was to primitive, if you pay attention to the story you will easily figure out why this is not so.
I read this series shortly after it was published. I enjoyed it in the printed version and even more in this audio format. I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of the series. I just checked with Tantor Media and they have the 2nd book out - Tilting The Balance. Can't wait for audible to get it.
I enjoyed this in print many years ago and have enjoyed the recorded version. Looking forward to the rest of the series. You aren't going to leave me hanging? (part 1 of the "Worldwar" series released; part 1 of the next series "Colonization" released?)
I wanted to give this book a chance and I'm glad I did even though it's definitely not my cup of tea. It's not a bad book at all in my opinion and I can see how some would really like it. The writing is solid and the narration is excellent. Unfortunately, the alternate historical angle just isn't firing on all cylinders for me.
I think I'd have liked the story better if it were written from a more modern day perspective instead of from an alternate history point of view. Personally, I find the aliens somewhat unimaginative and it also doesn't make sense to me why aliens that can fly to and invade other worlds are not more advanced technologically from earth's world war 2 era technology.
More importantly, the focus is split up on so many characters that I just don't find myself caring about any of them enough after listening to an entire book to want to continue.
So, for me, that adds up to an okay story but not one I want to spend any further credits on. If you like more historical type scifi though, definitely give it a listen because it is well written and very well narrated.