Red Inferno

1945
Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode.

To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if "Uncle Joe" had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.

From American soldiers and German civilians trapped in the ruins of Potsdam to US military men fighting behind enemy lines, from a scholarly Russia expert who becomes a secret player in a new war to Stalin's cult of killers in Moscow, this saga captures the human face of international conflict. With the Soviets vastly outnumbering the Americans - but undercut by chronic fuel shortages and mistrust - Eisenhower employs a brilliant strategy of retreat to buy critical time for air superiority.

Soon, Truman makes a series of controversial decisions, enlisting German help and planning to devastate the massive Red Army by using America's ultimate and most secret weapon.

©2010 Robert Conroy (P)2018 Tantor

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Only One Flaw for me

The reader was great except when he got to a “ southern “ accent in his narrative
All other narratives delivered well as were most characters voices
Story was compelling which, for me, means intriguing, imaginative

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Good story - narrator makes it barely tolerable

Good and plausible alternative history story, but the narrator's attempts to do German, Russian, French, and British accents makes it very hard to listen to and barely tolerable. They all sound the same - like a whiney Peter Lorre playing Igor. His normal reading voice is fine - just stick to what you're good at!

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Liked it

As above. Good time killer. Would recommend. 15 words! Seriously Amazon, get a life now!

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barely OK

This author simply doesn't understand much about WW2. He repeatedly describes the German invasion of the Soviet Union as having taken place in 1940, not 1941. He also doesn't get the balance of forces in place in 1945. The narration is simply terrible. He's no Harry Turledove.

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Decent Writing, Mediocre VA

The writing is fairly decent, but the voice actor has a bad habit of making the antagonists sound like Saturday morning cartoon villains.

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A great story!

While to story is read by one person and the voices/accents tend to blur. The overall story of an alternate history where Stalin and the USSR make a grab to claim all of Germany for themselves before the USA can bring the atomic bombs into play. A all around great read/listen, the author gives all sides of the story a fair perspective.

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A pretty good yarn.

I enjoyed the book but the truth of the matter was the author sold the Russian army very short. I think it would have been better had the capacity of the Red Army to make war been recognized.

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Good but not great.

The story unfolded slowly then ends aburptly. Almost as if the author has a certain number of pages to write and when he reached them he ended the book. The opening and much of the book is good. The ending is disappointing. Worth listening but will not be memoriable.

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Its good but could be better.

The plot is an interesting one, the characters are great, the narration is meh and the story itself needs work. The story seems to be all over the place or it doesn't seem to convey the story properly to the listener. Too much romance for a story of this type. Also, the narration and the narrators poor attempt at a Russian accent was actually embarrassing to listen to.

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Interesting premise, corny story

As a big fan of “alt history” especially WWII, I was very disappointed in this book. Soviet invasion of Western Europe in 1945 was certainly something that Stalin considered but this book focuses on contrived romances and tactical level actions rather than broad strategy. Corny narration with silly accents along with a weak story made this a poor use of drive time listening

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