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Publisher's Summary

In 1914, they called it The Great War, and few could imagine anything worse. For nearly three decades, a peace forged in blood and fatigue has held sway in North America. Now, Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian Tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory. But behind the façade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to go off. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse.

In the White House in Philadelphia, Socialist President Al Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the fires of war and the flood tides of depression. In the South, Featherston and his ruling Freedom Party have put down a Negro rebellion with a bloody fist and have interned them in concentration camps. Now, they are determined to crush their Northern neighbor at any cost.

©2004 Harry Turtledove (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Turtledove produces yet another absorbing installment of his character-centered alternate-history saga." ( Booklist)

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Great book bad narrator

Would you listen to Return Engagement again? Why?

I would, inspite of me feeling the narration wasn't very good.

What did you like best about this story?

Seeing old and new characters from Southern Victory back again.

What three words best describe Paul Costanzo’s voice?

Not that great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The scenes of blacks being killed almost made me cry.

Any additional comments?

They should've stuck with George Guidall as narrator.

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Need Guidall back!!

I've read all in the order 191 series Guidall is awesome this narrator is not!! Like Roy Dotrice for the game of thrones novels when you add a a new narrator the texture and flavor of the authors delivery can be ruined

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Its Turtledove!

I have been waiting for this forever. I do a lot of driving so I don't always have time for read and like to have nice long unabridged books to flesh out my trips.

I am going to give pointers based on either being a noobie to this series or a verteran and wondering how this stands up.

For those who have not read this book know this:

This is probably not where you should start.
This is technically the 8th book in this series

Proceeded by How Few Remain, American Front, Walk in Hell, Breakthroughs,Blood and Iron, The Center Cannot Hold and The Victorious Opposition.

There is a lot of material and the characters in this book come from these previous books.

Earlier books are a bit better written. Lots of Grade A Filler here. Not to bad but lots of repeated facts

CONTENT WARNING!!!!!
In this book the CSA is an analog of Nazi Germany along with its own Southern Fried Hitler who wants to eliminate African Americans. African Americans=Jews
You will hear them say the N word. A LOT. You will listen to really brutal things done to people of color. It is not just for fun but if you needed a CW this is it!

Otherwise welcome to Timeline-191 land


For Vets:

Narrator is really not that bad.
Maybe isn't always on with is accents and everything but its better than the lady voice in Man with the Iron Heart.
UNABRIDGED
LONG AWAITED
Also can I get a like for zinc-oxide ointment !

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  • Kimberly
  • Chula Vista, Ca, United States
  • 10-21-16

Miss the old reader

The new narrator for the book is not as good as the previous one. Monotonous at times. Butchers names and even a few common words.

The story is great though. Definitely a good series

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Great Book HORRIBLE NARRATION

I've read all the books in this series in print. I got involved in the audiobooks for my long drives and my typical commute to and from work. I love the books and think they're well written. George Guidell was a VERY good narrator and I enjoyed listening to his readings. Paul Costanzo is the exact opposite. It seems like he has no idea how to read with any sort of inflection. I've been waiting for five years for this release. I was surprised to find it when I searched for it. I've not even finished the reading yet but it's painful to listen to. I love this series dearly and if the publishers are reading these reviews at all: PLEASE FIND SOMEONE BETTER TO READ THESE. If you can't get George Guidell back, get someone who knows how to narrate and not make every last word sound awkward and unfamiliar. This painful narration rips you from the book entirely.

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good series

if you like alternate history, but the book is kind of long, and even though this is the first book in this series you need to listen to turtledove's other series called "Southern Victory" to understand what's going on

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Great book, bad narrating

I love H.T's Universe 191 series but Paul Costanzo sounds like a bored newscaster reading a story he finds profoundly distasteful. His southern characters sound like forced charicatures and his female voices sound almost indistinguishable from the males. This would be a solid five stars if George Guidall was reading it.

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Great audio rendition!

Great audio rendition of this well written and entertaining series... historical fiction/alternate history at best!

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Finally on audio

I've been left in limbo waiting for this final series to come to audio and it's finally here. Paul Costanzo does a fine job of picking up the series. It's not George Guidall, but he makes this series his own and I enjoyed his narration. I highly recommend this book and this final series in this alternate history timeline.

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Robert's Review

This is a great series. It's a great twist to the history of the U.S. vs. CSA. You will love this series.

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  • David
  • 08-01-16

Terrible reader

This guy has a problem with whistling teeth syndrome, nearly every word he says he's ssssso sssssadly sssssaying ssssssssss

0 of 1 people found this review helpful