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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 1997 ISBN: 9781449832117
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Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, crafts arresting novels based on hypothetical scenarios and featuring iconic figures from the past. A generation after the South wins the Civil War, it annexes critical territory in Mexico. Outraged, the United States declares total war. This time the American army faces danger on all sides—Confederates, outlaws, Apaches, French, and even the British. George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt fight hard and give the Americans hope. But to win, they need a commander as brilliant as Stonewall Jackson, and they must stop Jeb Stuart’s glorious cavalry. Riveting what-if situations make this a unique, intriguing book. Expert narrator George Guidall creates distinct personalities for the numerous characters, including socialist lecturer Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President James Longstreet, and antiwar journalist Samuel Clemens. Download and start listening now!

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  • How Few Remain, a novel of the second war between the states, is hailed as "compelling" by Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

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  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Philip | 9/11/2017

    " The quality of the audio narration was very good. The characters are good and especially easy to follow if you are any kind of American history buff, as you would already be familiar with some of the characters. The story was intriguing to listen to, as it examined race relations in this alternate history. Even more interesting was how it examined how American generals of the general era prepared and fought wars as opposed to Germany's methodologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff Marsh | 1/21/2014

    " Better than I expected. Wasn't really thinking that Alternative History would be my thing, but I really got into this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kb | 1/20/2014

    " Shame on me for thinking there isn't any worthwhile fiction out there. This novel is great because it combines the study of history with imagination. Turtledove does a great job fleshing out historical figures and turning them into compelling literary characters. More importantly, however, he makes the reader think about cause and effect and the various elements at play that can be huge one way or barely a blip on the radar another way. The Emancipation Proclamation is an example of how this happens in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/17/2014

    " I just had to start reading the Southern Victory series again. I couldn't help myself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 12/21/2013

    " Awful. Granted, I am not much of a Civil War Reader, but the writing itself is even bad. Corny and hard to trudge through due to multiple similes (about every other sentence) and multiple dashes (about every other sentence), and goodness knows Turtledove leaves absolutely nothing for the reader to figure out on his or her own. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The other John | 12/19/2013

    " I'm afraid I read this one out of order. Back last year, I happened to stumble across The Great War: American Front, which tells a tale of World War I in a world where the Confederate States of America is an actuality. The characters in the book referred, from time to time, about a second War between the States that had occurred in the 1880s and had served to create deeper divisions between the North and the South. I found myself wishing that I could also read that tale, foolishly unaware that it had already been written. How Few Remain is that tale, an enjoyable read in its own right. The year is 1881 and after almost 20 years of Democrats in the White House, the president is once again a Republican. He's itching to regain some lost glory, and when the Confederate States of America expand their territory by purchasing the states of Sonora and Chihuahua from Mexico, President Blaine considers it sufficient cause to start military action. The resulting war is told from the viewpoint of various characters. It's the same technique Mr. Turtledove uses in The Great War, but in this case, the featured characters are all famous characters from our own history--Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Samuel Clemens and a disgraced ex-president, Abraham Lincoln, among others. Mr. Turtledove does a good job breathing life into these characters, sending me to the Wikipedia to scope out what these people were really like. And, of course, also sending me to the bookstore to hunt down the subsequent titles in this alternate history epic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Ditroia | 12/16/2013

    " This is my first experience with Turtledove and I found it to be well researched, and most importantly, plausible. He has a vast library covering almost every major period in world history so I have a lot of catching up to do. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ed | 12/8/2013

    " I ordinarily love alternative histories and have read a couple of Turtledove's other books. This one was unremittingly boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 12/3/2013

    " Most revisionist history books bother me, and this was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay Davis | 5/14/2013

    " An interesting story about a world war between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Probably the best in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin ReBrook | 3/30/2013

    " If you are a fan of the Great War series (or any of Turtledove's post-Civil War themed novels), How Few Remain is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 3/30/2013

    " the book is pretty instresting but its a little slow thats my only problem with it otherwise its a great story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrin | 12/25/2012

    " I love alternative history and historical fiction. I really tried to enjoy this novel, I really wanted to. I forced myself through over 100 pages before throwing in the towel. Turtledove's level of alternative historical detail is so intense that it's at the expense of the plot and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/17/2012

    " I'm a big fan of alternate history and Turtledove has done a wonderful series with his Great War books. The first one sets the stage for all that follow and it made me wonder what would have happened had the South triumphed. If you ever wonder "What if ..." this is s good book to start with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 8/13/2012

    " The best way to enter the world Turtledove creates is to start at the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dergrossest | 8/11/2012

    " This is good beach reading material for history buffs. Fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonmichael Butler | 6/19/2012

    " Imagine a world where the South won the Civil War............This is a colorful world of what ifs filled with famous and infamous historical figures along with fictional characters inhabiting the same world. If you love history, this is a wonderful premise "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/29/2012

    " the book in about how what would of happened if there was a black president around Lincolns time, and how the south went to war with the north but they had England on their side. its weird "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 12/9/2011

    " I wanted to like this book, (thought the premise was brilliant,) but his writing style did not work at all with my brain. Every page was a struggle. Too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Dixon | 10/15/2011

    " Good book, though the parts involving the Mormons was not my favorite part "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/7/2011

    " I just had to start reading the Southern Victory series again. I couldn't help myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanafi | 2/20/2011

    " Very well-thought-out alternate history on the consequences of the USA losing the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/17/2011

    " Enjoyable. Makes me realize how much I don't know about history, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/6/2011

    " I enjoy this book. I reread it about every year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kallierose | 12/3/2010

    " Interesting, but not great. I was ready for it to be done far sooner than it was. I guess that's not a good sign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 11/6/2010

    " Better than I expected. Wasn't really thinking that Alternative History would be my thing, but I really got into this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 8/16/2010

    " I found this quite tedious to read; it just didn't flow well and seemed to drag on. "

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

    " This is good beach reading material for history buffs. Fun. "

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

    " If you are a fan of the Great War series (or any of Turtledove's post-Civil War themed novels), How Few Remain is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoff | 4/28/2010

    " I've read the rest of the Timeline 191 books, but I somehow never read the first one.

    It is good, and easy to see how this launched another ten books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 2/16/2010

    " I wanted to like this book, (thought the premise was brilliant,) but his writing style did not work at all with my brain. Every page was a struggle. Too bad. "

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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.