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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling master of alternate history Harry Turtledove offers a new vision of America after World War I. In 1920, as veterans question the very nation they fought for, socialist Upton Sinclair challenges Teddy Roosevelt for the presidency. And in the defeated Confederacy, a fiery racist whips his followers into a frenzy.
©2001 Harry Turtledove; (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"[His] skill at dramatizing historical forces proves magisterial once more." (Booklist)

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Well written & thought provoking

I have read the whole series, although the first book in the series is, unfortunately, not available through Audible (but all the rest are). Very well written, researched, believable, complex and thought provoking. If you are a history buff, or, for that matter, a science fiction reader, this will really scratch a whole bunch of itches all at the same time. Guidall is, as usual, excellent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Alternate History????

Initially, I thought that the idea of 'Alternate History's' was kind of crazy. But, after listening to this book, I have found the genre very interesting. The narrator is top-notch and the story line is captivating. I have found myself actually searching for more audios of this type.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Please offer more Turtledove books

Great author, easily the best alternate history story in the genre

please release the rest of this series!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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"Freedom!"

Would you consider the audio edition of American Empire to be better than the print version?

I would. Excellent narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The plotline.

Which scene was your favorite?

Featherston taking over as leader of the Freedom Party.

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

No extreme reaction whatsoever.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for any Harry Turtledove and alternate history fans.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Once is never enough.

Where does American Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I get lost in these extremely well crafted stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Empire?

To think that Latter-day Saints could fight so well gives this LDS reader (listener) pride.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

There is a private from Utah that kept me laughing all during his inquiry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If you have 3 days to sit listening to anything I hope you have nothing else going on.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy this author's works very much.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Started Hopeful, Ended Disappointed

I bought this audiobook with the hope of really getting into the Alternate History genre. Instead, it was too many uninteresting characters and not enough history. The final 7 hours I finished only because I'm obsessive complusive. If you're a fan of Turtledove, you might like. If not a fan, try something else.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Dull

I wish the Great War series was available, as it seems the best part of the story was there. This is a slow moving, dull book, I did not finish. Well-developed characters, but dull. Large, complex story, but a dull book. Does not keep the listener's interest, nothing to grab on to and look forward to.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What???? Really???

I really enjoy historical fiction but this story is ridiculous! I couldn't even finish half of it. The story is so unbelievable; you can't just change the parts of history that you want to willy nilly. It has to be reasonable in how it flows. Don't know if the author has alternative motivations but this story was definitely NOT worth any amount of time or money. I have said in reviews before that I thought George Guidall could save any story BUT in this case EVEN HE couldn't save this one.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Knoxville , TN, USA
  • 01-30-09

Rubbish

After more than 200 audiobooks this is the first one I didn't finish. This attempt at alternative history ended up with very uninteresting characters veiled racism in the name of the 'story' and a generally boring plotline.

2 of 19 people found this review helpful