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American Front: The Great War, Book 1 | [Harry Turtledove]

American Front: The Great War, Book 1

Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.
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Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

©1998 Harry Turtledove (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    brian 05-04-15
    brian 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Turtledove does it again, Guidall as well."
    Would you listen to American Front again? Why?

    I would. It's an impressive book.


    What other book might you compare American Front to and why?

    It's just as good as How Few Remain, and also better in some ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The introduction to Jake Featherston.


    Who was the most memorable character of American Front and why?

    Featherston. We get some background on him. Custer too, but to me, he was annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any alternate history or Harry Turtledove fan.

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    Joey 04-26-15
    Joey 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    Fun read, my only issue is that it tells you to turn over cassette one to side two about a 1/2 hour in. It only does it once but it threw me off when it happened

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    Yates 03-25-15
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    "Incredible Story, Pretty Good Narrator"

    The story is incredible. The multi-protagonist approach is absolutely the best way to tell alternate history. The varying perspectives give an incredibly holistic view of the universe Harry Turtledove has created. The narrator could have done more to distinguish these characters with more differing voices, although he already does a great job doing so.

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    JoR S.F. Utah 03-05-11
    JoR S.F. Utah 03-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "boring and disjointed"

    This is the only audiobook I've ever given up on. I had to stop about six hours in. I love sci-fi, history, and alternate history, but this one just didn't do it for me. The problem: way too many point of view characters. I'm pretty sure it never went back to the same character within the first six hours, making it too hard to care about what was going on. I needed a character to grab onto and follow, but there were none. It's too bad, because I've heard a lot of good things about Turtledove. I won't be trying any more books of his.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George 07-03-14
    George 07-03-14
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    "Deja"

    A tedious re-do of the first two books...updated by technology. Use of a 75 year old Gen Custer was unbelievable; I would have enjoyed author's take on early 20th century heroes. Teddy Roosevelt as President of the USA and Woodrow Wilson as President of the CSA. What's up with that? Wilson from New Jersey! So, the characters were not credible, except for the common people...real, as far as I know. A boring rehash, I've had enough of this author.

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    Rob 04-06-11
    Rob 04-06-11 Member Since 2015

    Cellar Door

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    I read the prequel to this series and was pretty impressed with the alternate history, very creative and inventive and yet still grounded in possibility. It seems, though, as Turtledove moves out from where his alternative history breaks with history, that there's less and less connection and it all sort of falls apart. I lost interest and started asking myself why I didn't just read pure history or pure science fiction because this blend lacks the best of either genre.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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