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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: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400183883
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The author's mastery of the ever-widening ripples that small changes make in history is unchallenged, his storytelling always gripping, and his research impeccable. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh Liller | 1/13/2014

    " Turtledove takes an interesting premise to some interesting places, like a much longer Battle Of France. But Turtledove is becoming repetitive (something that became very noticeable toward the end of the Settling Accounts series). He also doesn't seem to use many cameos by historical characters and almost no historical character POVs which makes this a much weaker first book than his classic "How Few Remain". It also seemed odd that the only Russian POV was a bomber pilot and the lone American military POV seems pointless (a Marine stationed in China). There also seem to be a large number of characters that are either Jews or (non-Russian) Communists - more than would seem necessary, even for a World War II story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wsprag | 12/26/2013

    " Excellent story! A very engaging book with some great characters. HT does a great job on the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 12/21/2013

    " not bad, hope book 2 is better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Steele | 12/8/2013

    " I really wish his books were better because the concept is really good. Second Turtledove book I have tried. Both were HIGHLY repetitive. I did not appreciate being hit on the head so many times... its still sore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 10/23/2013

    " What if WW II started a year early? This is the first of a series exploring the consequences of such an occurrence. His characterization is excellent, and shows that soldiers, despite the uniform think alike. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Brown | 10/19/2013

    " I just could not get into the characters. Everything seemed to drone on and on. I set it down after 80 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/30/2013

    " Wonderful beginning to a new series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 9/15/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. It's Tom Clancy(ist),I can't wait until I go to library to get the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/6/2012

    " Wonderful book. Love all the different points of view he uses. A must for alternate history fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/24/2012

    " World War II and Turtledove, how can you go wrong if you are a fan of alternate history? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/6/2012

    " This book got its hooks into me right off. I would sit in the living room reading it, I would read it while watching TV, and even while waiting for web pages to load. I finished the whole thing in about 3 days and found it very involving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Declan | 5/12/2012

    " Disappointing compared to some of his other books. For an alternate history of WW2, its seems mighty similar to the real thing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 4/13/2012

    " Is tarted this book because I thought the premise was right up my alley. However, I did not get far at all because the language was so bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/28/2012

    " Pretty good war fiction book, on to the next in the three book series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Twins | 12/8/2011

    " My first book from Turtledove and while it was interesting to read and all the personal experiences gave you a very good inside of what war was really like for the bombers, front soldiers etc the amount of characters is just overwhelming and is confusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 5/27/2011

    " Decent but not superb. I think the hook - what if ww2 started a year early - doesn't have the same pull as if the Confederacy won the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/24/2011

    " Not as good as the World War saga but good enough to continue reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 2/19/2011

    " Is tarted this book because I thought the premise was right up my alley. However, I did not get far at all because the language was so bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/5/2011

    " I really wish his books were better because the concept is really good. Second Turtledove book I have tried. Both were HIGHLY repetitive. I did not appreciate being hit on the head so many times... its still sore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 8/9/2010

    " Decent but not superb. I think the hook - what if ww2 started a year early - doesn't have the same pull as if the Confederacy won the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wsprag | 8/5/2010

    " Excellent story! A very engaging book with some great characters. HT does a great job on the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Declan | 7/8/2010

    " Disappointing compared to some of his other books. For an alternate history of WW2, its seems mighty similar to the real thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/11/2010

    " What if WW II started a year early? This is the first of a series exploring the consequences of such an occurrence. His characterization is excellent, and shows that soldiers, despite the uniform think alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ewok117 | 2/24/2010

    " It's a book. And I readed it. Ayup. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/29/2009

    " A typical Turtledove book. Lot's of characters, long, involved story line that did not get resolved in one, long book.

    He has done much better and seemed to reach a bit with this premise. All in all, I still enjoy his style, but this was not his best effort. "

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