A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared.
Now, in this thrilling, provocative, and fascinating alternate history by Harry Turtledove, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord? What if Hitler had acted rashly, before his army was ready - would such impatience have helped him or doomed him faster? Here is an action-packed, blow-by-blow chronicle of the war that might have been - and the repercussions that might have echoed through history - had Hitler reached too far, too soon, and too fast.
Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell this story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China to members of a Jewish German family with a proud history of war service to their nation, from ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Nazi-occupied territory - and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast.
A novel that reveals the human face of war while simultaneously riding the twists and turns that make up the great acts of history, Hitler's War is the beginning of an exciting new alternate history saga. Here is a tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, of spies, soldiers, and traitors, of the shifting alliances that draw some together while tearing others apart. At once authoritative, brilliantly imaginative, and hugely entertaining, Hitler's War captures the beginning of a very different World War II - with a very different fate for our world today.
©2009 Harry Turtledove; (P)2009 Tantor
"Turtledove is always good, but this return to World War II, one of his favorite turfs, is genuinely brilliant." (Booklist)
Turtledove attempts to deliver again and thus far in this tread he seems to be doing so. He attacks the question: what if WWII started a bit earlier, with the Allies declaring war instead of handing over Czechoslovakia? Thus far, much of the gist of WWII seems to be following as it did in our history, but several events are developing that allude to some interesting turns. The ending is a cliffhanger. This book has the feel of another great Turtledove saga, and those can often go on for 7 or more books, so beware before getting too deeply into this.
Turtledove really stimulates the "what if" part of your brain with his alternate history. But the reader just murders it. I got through it because of the author's good writing and character development, but it would have been so much better read by say Scott Brick or about any other reader. I think it's still worth getting, but with this reader, Audible should cut the price.
I have enjoyed Harry Turtledove's books for many years and was surprised at the ending - or should I say non-ending. It just kind of stops right in the middle of the story. This brings me to hope for a sequel, maybe? The reader just sucks. All the European accents(French, German, Spanish, Eastern European and Russian) seem identical. And don't try to listen to this book on a long road trip if you're driving; this reader will put you to sleep.
Typical of recent Harry Turtldove books, this one is entertaining, but has no end. It just sort of stops in the middle of the action. On the other hand the reviewer is far from entertaining. All citizens of whatever Europen country have the same accent. W's are V's and that's it. I had to laugh out loud when Hitler gets his way and is heard to say "I vant var". All characters sound like a bad imitation of Bella Lugosi. I won't buy any more books from this reader.
This has to be the worst reading I've heard yet from Audible, so bad I can't believe it's ON Audible. The "narrator" has no clue about pacing, inflection, or distinguishing between voices. Worse, he affects the worst stereotypical "foreign" accents with no clue on how words in the languages he is mimicking are actually pronounced. There are even a few ENGLISH words he can't pronounce correctly.
I love Harry Turtledove, and now regret the mistake of getting this book on Audible instead of in hardcover, because this reader has completely ruined the story for me.
Avoid this reader at all costs.
PURCHASE THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS AN ENGAGING AND COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE EARLY YEARS OF HITLER'S RISE TO POWER, INCLUDING LITTLE KNOWN FACTS. I almost didn't purchase this narrated volume because it received very average reader ratings and reviews. The objection in general related to the quality of the narration. The narrator John Allen Nelson faced a daunting task in that he had to employ several different European accents in order to effectively tell this facinating story of dramatized history. I strongly believe that Mr. Nelson's narration was excellent and I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the actions leading to the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Fact based alternative scenarios make this book especially interesting for any fan of contemporary world history.
The narrator, as others have said, was not good. The dialogue seemed hokey and nothing drew me. I stopped very early on and I won't ever know what I missed, obviously. It didn't help that I had recently finished several outstanding books and this one was too much of a drop for me. The first scene made me think of Fantasy Island with that character shouting "Zee plane, zee plane!". Time to change the channel.
Decent story from Turtledove but must agree with other comments about the reader of this book - awful. Accents all over the place, I think the golden rule is if you can't do it naturally then don't try ! To emphasise the point am now listyening to the second book and it's huge improvement.
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