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Worldwar: Tilting the Balance

Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Worldwar, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (460 ratings)

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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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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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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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Great success

Truly a grand series of sci-fi alt hist novels I must say the first was more of a mesmerizing read but tilting the balance really puts you into the character of whomever turtledove decides to put you into. pretty deep world of exciting characters, except for Bagnel that guy's a real tool, all and all this book is quite lit and if you enjoy seeing humans represented a year into the peak of their science as they controdict the stationary force of bipedal reptilians who plan on colonizing the earth during the events of the second world war. then ya it's worth a credit #NoIDontDoubleDipButIWillAfterThis,
p.s-got and ginger my guy?

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Great read, but needs editing

McLaren did an excellent job of reading - I'm always relieved when I see his name associated with a book I want to listen to. But the editor didn't leave proper gaps between paragraph/character changes. When the story would switch from one character story line to another, the pause was the same as for a normal paragraph break. It would sometimes take several sentences to realize he'd moved from one character to another. An extra beat at those breaks would have eliminated several confusing moments.

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Great if you like the first book or the idea

It's good the transitions to different characters are a bit rough so pay attention to what's happening

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Where the Series Falls Apart

Book 2 is where the Worldwar series falls apart as it becomes more about character interest stories and falls into a soap opera like melodrama. Turtledove begins to ignore what made this story interesting, the struggle of i1940s industrialized nations against a space power with technology equivalent to ours. The books also become incredibly repetitive as you know every chapter featuring a German or Jew will have at least one reference to the Holocaust and Atvar has to mention at least once per his chapter that he did not expect for earth to have industrialized so fast. Instead of being excited for the next book in this series, it actually made me want to take a badly needed break from it. I found myself hitting skip on the chapters featuring Moishe Russie as his story is unbelievable historically and boring. Even Liu Han's boring domestic life chapters were more riveting than the tale of Russie. The only redeeming quality was Heinrich Jäger's final chapter in the book.

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Give it a try.

The performer is more assured in this second book although he still mispronounced some place names. This is a minor quibble, however, given that this story - which is by no means Science Faction - does well as a sprawling operatic epic.

Given that there are a good few more books to come in the sites, I'd suggest you give it a try.

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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.