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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared.

Now, in this thrilling, provocative, and fascinating alternate history by Harry Turtledove, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord? What if Hitler had acted rashly, before his army was ready—would such impatience have helped him or doomed him faster? Here is an action-packed, blow-by-blow chronicle of the war that might have been—and the repercussions that might have echoed through history—had Hitler reached too far, too soon, and too fast.

Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell this story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China to members of a Jewish German family with a proud history of war service to their nation, from ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Nazi-occupied territory—and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast.

A novel that reveals the human face of war while simultaneously riding the twists and turns that make up the great acts of history, Hitler’s War is the beginning of an exciting new alternate history saga. Here is a tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, of spies, soldiers, and traitors, of the shifting alliances that draw some together while tearing others apart. At once authoritative, brilliantly imaginative, and hugely entertaining, Hitler’s War captures the beginning of a very different World War II—with a very different fate for our world today.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Oleksiy Kononov | 2/16/2014

    " I've swallowed the book in a matter of days. The alternate events of WW II are ingenious, yet I find it hard to believe that the Empire of Japan would have attacked the Soviet Far East rather than British, French and Dutch colonies in the Pacific as it really was in 1941. The author should have elaborated on that more than he did via his Japanese characters. My another nasty comment will be on the Turtledove's linguistic exercises he used to audit his multinational characters. Too many stereotypes in that and far too many syntax mistakes which at some point become annoying to a reader more familiar with the used languages than the author is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/6/2014

    " I stuck with Harry Turtledove for a long time, and I was incredibly devoted to his Timeline-181 and World War series. However, the later books in both series showed a disturbing tendency to produce characters that were impossible to be emotionally invested in or even care if they lived or died. That trend is continuing into the new Hitler's War series. Turtledove's history is spot on. There can be no doubt that the man does his research, but at the last page I honestly couldn't have separated one of the characters from the other. I may glance at the following sequels to Hitler's War at the bookstore or library. I doubt I will find enough to really make me want to pick them up and add them to my personal collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David R. | 2/1/2014

    " Turtledove returns to form. This is Book One of a new series which probes the question of what might have happened had Chamberlain stood up to Hitler in Fall 1938. As usual there are a number of perspectives and lots of repeating dialogue, but happily, more action and more plausibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/15/2014

    " A good start to a new series. You really get wrapped up in the lives of the people who's stories are being told. "

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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.