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Opening Atlantis: A Novel of Alternate History | [Harry Turtledove]

Opening Atlantis: A Novel of Alternate History

Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought-provoking "what if..." scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning. Now, in the first of a brand-new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth continent.

Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.

©2007 Harry Turtledove; (P)2007 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Turtledove excels in alternate history." (Library Journal)
"Harry Turtledove is probably the best practitioner of the classic alternate-history story since L. Sprague de Camp." (Locus)

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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-22-08
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-22-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun"

    This was a fun book. Since the book steps forward in time at least twice, I wish in the audio version there was a distinct division here, such as "Book 1, Book 2, Book 3" No big deal, but it would make it easier to follow.

    The characters were vivid and narration was excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12
    Alan Seattle, WA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting speculation, flat story"
    What did you like best about Opening Atlantis? What did you like least?

    The premise about the colonization of a large landmass mid-Atlantic intrigued me and the alternate history was fascinating.


    What could Harry Turtledove have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I needed more involvement with a central character -- or a succession of them, as Steven Saylor provides in Roma. Especially in the first third, I would have been much more engaged if I had a main character to focus on with some personal concerns I could identify with. As it was, it was merely a man in his time with little thematic juice.


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was excellent: great tone, pace, and rhythm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-18-11
    Kevin Lees Summit, MO, United States 04-18-11
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    "Good book, great narration"

    I enjoyed the book, not the best, but very good. The narrator really helped keep the book alive with his voice and cadence. This book is actually 3 shorter books, the 2nd being my least favorite. My only complaint was that just as I was getting into the original characters, the story was finished and I had to get to know new ones.

    I don't think I'll read the next books in this series, but this was a good buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Bellingham, MA, USA 01-27-08
    Rhonda Bellingham, MA, USA 01-27-08
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    "poor writing/boring reader"

    The writing is overly simple with little character development. The writer would have been better off slowing things down and putting more effort into colorful descriptions of the settings, developing the plot and the characters. Occasionaly the writer got lazy and used modern terms that were not in use at that time which was quite distracting. The reader used the same tone when going from one character to another which made for a very boring listen.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Colusa, CA, United States 01-31-11
    Debbie Colusa, CA, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Don't Waste Your Points or Money"

    This is a horribly boring book. There is absolutely no character development. The text includes very unorganized story lines. Although I usually like Todd McLaren's narratives, his vocal range made this book even more dull. This is the first time I have ever wanted to attempt to return a book from Audible. If you like reconstructive histories please read any of Eric Flint’s books, they are well written, the characters are very entertaining, and the history is made interesting and although it is a bit twisted, there is enough of reality to actually educate the reader.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Portland, ME, United States 03-28-08
    Bradley Portland, ME, United States 03-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Opening Atlantis."

    A great book! But, Harry Turtledove books usually are. Looking forward to a sequel.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "So boring"

    I downloaded this book full of excitement about a book on Atlantis and have managed to get mostly through the first download but I really can't manage any more. It is boring beyond belief. The number of things that have been killed so far - which seems to be the main subject of the book is mad. people, 'honkers', fish, birds - it just goes on. If you want to listen to a book about a bunch of fishermen who lead boring lives and kill things then read this book. If not choose something else for your money.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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