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How Few Remain

A Novel of the Second War Between the States
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, crafts arresting novels based on hypothetical scenarios and featuring iconic figures from the past. How Few Remain, a novel of the second war between the states, is hailed as "compelling" by Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

A generation after the South wins the Civil War, it annexes critical territory in Mexico. Outraged, the United States declares total war. This time the American army faces danger on all sides--Confederates, outlaws, Apaches, French, and even the British. George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt fight hard and give the Americans hope. But to win, they need a commander as brilliant as Stonewall Jackson, and they must stop Jeb Stuart’s glorious cavalry.

Riveting what-if situations make this a unique, intriguing book. Expert narrator George Guidall creates distinct personalities for the numerous characters, including socialist lecturer Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President James Longstreet, and antiwar journalist Samuel Clemens.

©1997 Harry Turtledove (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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A Civil War Alternate History Classic! Fantastic!

You probably haven't heard of Harry Turtledove. However, if you're into alternate history on a grand scale, or are passionate about the history, politics and leaders during the Civil War, you know EXACTLY who this author is, and his wonderful body of work.

If you look up his work, you may step back and say, "Where do I begin?"

You begin HERE. This audiobook is the doorway to all of the author's other tremendous and well-written works for this period, and beyond.

Once the story shifts to the changes that take place, the journey is both encompassing and engaging, which are true prerequisites for good alternate history novels.

You'll meet well-known characters such as Lincoln and Custer in this audiobook, but you'll also meet unsung heroes who complete a tremendously woven tapestry for the entire series.

Turtledove has done his research, and it shows. From speech patterns, descriptions, reactions and more, the author will take you there, and give you a thirst for more in this series.

Thanks, Harry, for such well-written and entertaining writing.

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Excellent performance on a classic Turtledove

I've read (in print) all the Turtledove USA v CSA novels and this is the base for all of them. It was wonderful to hear the work performed so perfectly. There are many characters in a Turtledove novel and Guidall presents them all uniquely, yet without the overly done accents that plague other audiobooks.

If you're new to Turtledove, start here. You will either love the historical details and the rambling "period accurate" speech patterns, or you will hate it. Turtledove has a distinctive writing style wherein many phrases are used to excess. It can be charming and annoying at the same time, like hearing a favorite uncle tell a long story.

How Few Remain focuses on detailed character explorations of famous historical figures, like Lincoln, Custer, Teddy Roosevelt and Frederick Douglass, and how they react to their times. It's not a book full of thrilling battle scenes.

Try it. You'll either keep going and devour the rest of the long saga, or you'll get exasperated with the pace and lack of action and stop here. Either way, it's worth a listen.

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Very detailed and well thought out

A great book and series. Gave only 4 stars for subjecting me to a George Armstrong Custer sex scene.

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It ended. then order the next book in the series!

It ended. then order the next book in the series! Make sure you have enough credits.

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love this book

I Absolutly loved this book :) and I can't wait to read the next book,

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The beginning!

Book 1 of Turtledoves master piece! it's so good becuse it's so close to what could have happend! I reread it every few years and have a hard time not having it on! A must!

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Very very good

I loved the story uses a lot of historical facts and that doesn’t try to make up something that is impossible in reality

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the author gives a real feel to these characters

you can really feel how these characters were in history. to Custer s aggarance. and how both side treated life with great disregard.

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It was a really interesting alternate scenario.

It was really good.I loved how in depth it was.overall I enjoyed Harry turtledove's book.

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The Second Mexiscan War was really short!

wow....dies Not even begin to describe this story. and then one learns is is the prequel to a an entire saga following the 20th cenntury major world wars (1914 -1945) where the U.S. and C.S. coexist with interlocking, confusing alliances. I am cinfused, at the end, by the stillborn conspiracy of confederate senator Wade Hampton III to launch a coup delay against President Longstreet: did Lo ngstreet hedge his best by order I mg Stonewall Jackson back to Richmond from the stalemate at Louisville? and if so then the de jure agreement between Longstreet and Jackson regarding confederate Emancipation (manimissuin) was not even a gentleman's agreement but a CESAREAN ROYAL FLUSH. IN OTHER WORDS, I'm left wondering if Jackson is regretting his concessions to Longstreet and this going to turncoat. or it is Jackson suddenly realizing yhe gravity how much political machinations had been going on back in Richmond while he was on the front lines in Kentucky.

im also delightfully surprised at turtledove's ideas of turning Abraham Lincoln into a Marxist, moreover the American Socialist movement being born of a schism of the Republican party.