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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,670 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 2/12/2014

    " An alternate history that really made me think differently about the civil war, and why a United States is so important. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 2/7/2014

    " Cool premise, and based enough in the general aspect of WWI history to appeal to history buffs. Long, though, and it seemed like it took forever for things to happen after the (many, many) characters were introduced. And then not much happened. I'll read the other 2, but if they don't start poppin real soon, I probably won't read anything else by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Federman | 1/29/2014

    " Uh oh. I had made a list of books I wanted to read, even bought a few, and then on the spur of the moment, I decided to check out "The Master of Alternate History", Harry Turtledove. And, of course, I'm completely hooked. I am not going to say that these books are particularly well-written (think Tom Clancy, etc. More plot-driven than anything else) but as a huge history junkie, I can't believe I hadn't read anything by him before. In any case, he has 40-50 books, all over 500 pages, so I've got a bit of a task ahead of me. Can't wait! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/18/2014

    " I was finally able to get into it toward the end. Of the three Turtledove books I read, it was by all means my LEAST favorite. I enjoy science fiction writers' who have interesting ideas about history and politics and the way they work. That's why I enjoyed Guns of the South and How Few Remain so much. There was less of that in this novel, which had a large component of military scenes which frankly bored me. (I'm the kind of guy who skipped over Tom Clancy's action scenes and focused on the backroom political maneuvering in his novel) The book might have been more bearable if Turtledove had not featured so many characters/storylines. Some of them were disposable and did not really advance the plot (they seemed to exist for the sole purpose of reporting on the progress of the war) and took time away from characters/plot lines I actually cared about. But, I did pick up the next book from the library, so Turtledove must be doing something right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 1/13/2014

    " didn't compele "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Blandford | 12/18/2013

    " Slow getting started, probably because it wasn't quite what I expected. A lot of characters to keep track of, but when I got into it, I was rewarded with a great read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy Sadler | 11/2/2013

    " Never finished it. Found the writing too clunky, which surprises me given I enjoyed Turtledove's World War series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denis Kaufman | 10/26/2013

    " Harry Turtledove re-imagines WWI fought on the North American continent, between the USA and CSA -- as well as on the seas and in Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce | 9/6/2013

    " Turtledove is great at describing the endless tedium and frustration of war; he attacks it from all sides and perspectives, building a complete picture. If you're interested in the big and little picture of war and political events, this is great. If not, the reader bores quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henry | 7/6/2013

    " The Charchters aren't as memorable as in some of Harry Turtledovs books but still a decent read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dergrossest | 6/22/2013

    " More silliness from the king of pulp alternate military history. Fun again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tristen | 4/1/2013

    " sucked terribly!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 3/7/2013

    " this is an excellent book loved the characters and it is suprisingly plausible i showd it to my american history proffesor and he said the plot is actually beleivable "but a stretch" anyway its a great book i recommend this to all history and military book fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Mott | 9/17/2012

    " First of three in a series about WWI. So far so good. Lots of characters to keep track of, but if you read it more frequently than I was able to, it'll be easier to keep track. I'm learning that on book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan Huff | 9/16/2012

    " This was a very intersting book about an alternate reality of Union vs. Confederacy during WWI "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/13/2012

    " A well done book, but kinda horrifying. I made it through but barely. Couldn't do the sequel because it was too depressing in concept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/8/2012

    " Interesting alternate history of the South surviving the Civil War and what happens when WWI breaks out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 12/26/2011

    " it was a lot of fun, i learned alot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Schaeffer | 5/12/2011

    " Turtledove's Civil War alternate history now up to WWI. The North is allied with Kaiser Bill and the South is allied with the Brits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 4/1/2011

    " Must get the next one in the series immediately! Looking forward to reading it during the holiday break. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 2/23/2011

    " Harry Turtledove should not be allowed to write sex scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick | 7/2/2010

    " More silliness from the king of pulp alternate military history. Fun again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 6/30/2010

    " A great novel for any history buff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 10/28/2009

    " Turtledove's Civil War alternate history now up to WWI. The North is allied with Kaiser Bill and the South is allied with the Brits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 10/22/2009

    " this is an excellent book loved the characters and it is suprisingly plausible i showd it to my american history proffesor and he said the plot is actually beleivable "but a stretch" anyway its a great book i recommend this to all history and military book fans "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 8/27/2009

    " This was the book that made me realize Turtledove was never going to get exciting, but spend too much time explaining everything, as if he wants us to be impressed at his research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denis | 7/26/2009

    " Harry Turtledove re-imagines WWI fought on the North American continent, between the USA and CSA -- as well as on the seas and in Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/25/2008

    " The 2oth century has often been called the bloodiest in human history. With this series, Turtledove shows us how it could have been WORSE...especially for the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 4/2/2008

    " First of three in a series about WWI. So far so good. Lots of characters to keep track of, but if you read it more frequently than I was able to, it'll be easier to keep track. I'm learning that on book 2. "

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About the Author
Author Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove, known as the “Master of Alternative History,” is the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of a number of bestselling series and standalone novels. He received his PhD from UCLA in Byzantine history and worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education before becoming a full-time fiction writer. He also served as the treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written a number of successful series, including the Crosstime Traffic series, the Darkness series, and the Worldwar I Colonization series, among others. His standalone works include Ruled Brittania, Every Inch a King, Conan of Venarium, Household Gods, and Justinian.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.