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Publisher's Summary

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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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

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.

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Wonderful

First, the Bad. As with the last book Harry Turtledove has his particular writing habit that can be extremely repetitive and tiring to read/listen to. The book has repeated certain tidbits of information more than once although not very often so it’s not really noticeable. The story can be dry in certain places but is ultimately working to a larger point so it’s forgivable. The author has a bad habit of using something similar to “affirmation of believed or known facts”. He will use certain phrases including but not limited to “no doubt about it” “no two ways about it” and “well there was nothing you could do about that”. These are used repetitively in the story.

The good. Harry Turtledove has created a wonderful manifestation of wat a different world would be like! Very believable and a masterful work of fiction. No complaint of mine has made me less interested in the story and I can’t wait for the next book.

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Masterful Storytelling!

The concept is great and the story is good, but George Guidall narration is UNPARALLELED! He could make an organic chemistry text book entertaining!

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Great

love it more then I did of the last one. And it was existing and enjoyable.

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What a world, an alternate world

The world building in this book is amazing alone but the events that take in this story is fascinating to read. People who are interested may enjoy it. Those who really enjoy history are gonna have a fun time reading it

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definitely decent

Though I enjoyed this book somewhat, it did npt hold my attention as Mr. Turtledove's "Guns of the South" did. looking forward to seeing if he reverses the decline in the next book in the series

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Great

Great book and my favorite reader to boot. If you don't like conjectural thought though give this one a miss.

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Dowling!!!

I wish the story focused a little more on the interesting chracters and not the filler ones but still a good story over and will definitely be buying th he next one. I wish this book had more of the Red revolution in it.

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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.