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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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An interesting concept.

I liked the idea of the twist on history and historical characters. The sexual content is unnecessary and I'm not really a fan of painting Lincoln as leaning socialist, but I suppose it works.

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Long but good

Didnt care for Mark Twains chapters very much but enjoyed the other characters. Sometimes narrator made mouth noises between chapters. Favorite parts were Jeb Stuart's chapters and the battle of louisville.

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Thought-Provoking and Well Researched

If audiobooks were possible to put down, this one would be the exception. How Few Remain is a compelling tale with an immersive writing method and characters that excite both history nerds like myself as well as those who might not be able to recite the first of Abraham Lincoln's real accomplishments.

My only major criticism comes from the fact that there are no female main characters, and most (though not all) women in the story play a supporting role. I have yet to have read/listen to the rest of Turtledove's works, so I can't be certain whether this will be a persistent issue or not.

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Great book, great reader

There's so much to like about this book, especially the way the reader goes about his job, making all the characters sound different and relatable to their accents.

he really did me in when he was moaning as a girl having sex in the last chapter 😂😂

my only gripe is that turtledove makes every single character into a complainer. I don't imagine Jackson to be much of a complainer. Nor was he one to be talked down to I think.

other than that tiny gripe, there is too much to like to pass this book up.

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Great Alternate History

I read this novel when it was published in paperback format and have now enjoyed rereading it both in Kindle and Audiobook formats as well. The novel starts with a flashback scene. Historically General Robert E. Lee had his best chance to win the US Civil War ruined by the fact that a set of his battle plans was found by a Union scout and acted upon. This lead to a devastating defeat and many history buffs and amateurs have argued for generations that this was the real turning point for the Confederacy that lead to their ultimate defeat. The author then jumps forward a generation to show how things have developed in a divided North America when the USA is hemmed in by the Confederacy to its south and British Canada to its north.

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Fantastic book

Great book with great audio, captured my attention and I never got bored listening to the story.

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Excellent book. Excellent narration. But a warning

I have nothing but praise for this book. Guidall’s narration is excellent. He voices each character in a distinct way.

Just be aware: the narrator changes at the eighth book, and the new narrator is awful. Go listen to a sample so you can make an informed decision. I wish I had before I invested time in the series.

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A story that holds your attention.

As a fan of history I thought I'd give a chance to a book with alternate history moments. This book did not let me down. I'd highly recommend this book and series.