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Publisher's Summary

No one could stop them - not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt....

The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb. But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe's weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy's captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind would never give up.

Yet no one could say when the hellish inferno of death would stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival - the very survival of the planet....

©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Turtledove's thorough command of storytelling and historiography...assure us that this is an irresistibl[e] book." ( Booklist)

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  • James
  • North Hollywood, CA, United States
  • 01-22-11

Easy to tell if you will like this book

This is the second book in the World War series. “In the Balance” is the first and you need to read that first.

So, if the first one gets you hooked and you understand that this has same type of non-ending; by all means go ahead and get this.

The order of the books are.
World War Books
In the Balance
Tilting the Balance
Upsetting the Balance
Sticking the Balance – not on Audible yet

“Colonization series” Post War books can be read independently if you are not interested in the World War books.
Second Contact
Down to Earth
Aftershocks – not on Audible yet

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Typical Harry Turtledove

First let me say, the performance of the reader is good, though I think his accents are sometimes a bit off.

The story itself is passable. This is what I consider to be Turtledove's middle phase, where his books start to get more pulpy, but haven't quite achieved the canned--dialed in--quality of his later works (yes I get it, ww2 where the fought battle for battle, but in the US with Confederate Nazis. Great job!)

If you liked the first book in the series, which you should have read before you get to reading this review, you will enjoy this most likely.

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The story is read.

In this sequel to the first book, the narrator reads the story as it was written, using his voice to delineate the different characters and even articulate onomatopoeias and certain sound effects. The sex scenes are... Well they could be shorter. Anyway sweet scifi novel, hopefully Will Smith's son will be given a chance to ruin it if it becomes a miniseries or movie in the future.

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  • Holly
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • 06-24-15

Great alternate history

Very well done science fiction with enough history and historical references to be interesting. Great for work listening because the plot is simple.

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AWESOME BOOK!

One of the best audio books I've listened to. The Narrator is amazing. I will recommend to my friends.

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Great but wordy

The author has an amazing knowledge of history. The story is great but the author goes to great length s developing the characters. So much detail that you will almost feel like turning off the book when action finally happens.

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Narration

need pauses between characters. Aside from the occasional inaccuracy, great story. it's an interesting thought experiment.

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A WWII with nukes

Things are coming to ahead for so many characters. I wonder how much of earth will be left when both sides start using Thermo nuclear weapons of mass destruction? This is getting good I'm looking forward to the next book.

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I'm hooked and want more

Would you listen to Worldwar: Tilting the Balance again? Why?

It is a exciting story but I'm not sure if I would listen again. I admit picturing lizards in the main roles are challenging but as it is sci fi it doesn't matter. Listening to book 1 and now through 2 is however extremely addictive and really almost like ginger!

What did you like best about this story?

Battlefields throughout the world and skirmishes where Allies and Axis turn their backs together in the attempt to stop common enemy. Love Scenes are few and far between but put a little extra to the the plot. Fun to follow Otto Skorzeny in his macho raids and other famous figures in WW2 turns up now and then.

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I kind a love this guy - he makes me feel good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gott mit uns!

Any additional comments?

Book 3 - I think it's up next!

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I don't listen to my radio any more

I am addicted to this series. this should be a movie .