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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Atlantis Series Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781400175543
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New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought-provoking "what if..." scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning. Now, in the first of a brand-new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth continent. Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land. Download and start listening now!

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  • Todd McLaren reads with a deep, commanding voice that keeps listeners' attention, deftly handles a variety of accents, and gives the story the broad sweep it needs. AudioFile

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/16/2014

    " I expected a lot more from this book. The premise really had me intrigued. I wish the author had picked a character and fully developed him instead of going back and forth. I wanted to enjoy the whole story, but I wound only enjoying parts of it. I'll give it another try later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 2/15/2014

    " It started off interesting, but as it moved forward through generations my interest started to wane. And once war broke out, it devolved into battle descriptions, which I don't care about for real or fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Bates | 2/11/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this one. Quit part-way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/24/2014

    " Turtledove is a well-known author of speculative fiction, and particularly alternative histories, though I've never read any of his books. So, I spotted this at the library and thought it would be a good place to start. Hopefully, for the sake of his other books, it wasn't. Essentially, the alternative in this history, is that the American Eastern seaboard is seperated from the rest of America by about two hundred miles and thus sitting in the Atlantic much closer to Europe. This leads to an alternate history of discovery and colonization. The real problem with this book is that this is just not an interesting premise. Turtledove is obviously a proficient writer, and there were several scenes in the book that were very entertaining, but by and large, the novel's overriding idea was so bland that I just could not wait to move on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/21/2014

    " I would find literally opening the mythical land of Atlantis easier than opening the pages of this book again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 1/12/2014

    " I usually like alternate-history books, but this one disappoints. It's actually fantasy to me. Plus I usually like this author, but didn't like the style this time around. It wasn't clear to me what the change(s) were to history except for the existence of Atlantis - which you know about from the title - maybe I just don't know enough detailed history, but that was frustrating. Some of the characterizations were very well-done, and some of the plot suspenseful, but unfortunately that portion was less than a third of the whole book. I liked the second and third sections less than the first; they seemed to move alternately too quickly and too slowly through time and events. Then the ending came suddenly, the book just seemed to have stopped. Oh well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kivette | 1/9/2014

    " BORING!!! I like alternate historical timeline books, but I could not get through this one. I only made it through half of the book. I was bored out of my mind. I can't imagine trying to listen to or read the whole series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina | 1/2/2014

    " I just really had a hard time getting into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie K | 12/24/2013

    " I couldn't work up the interest to finish it. I didnt hate it, just got too bored "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/23/2013

    " Though the premise was good, the writing style just wasn't for me. The writer feels the need to articulate every single thought / implication when the reader could "get it" on their own. Also uses pretty uninteresting language - didn't make it very far into the book until I gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia Jones | 11/13/2013

    " ... It starts off pretty good but then it begins to drag. It was worth the read but not a favorite. It got one more star than it should have because there were pirates. Who doesn't love pirates? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 9/27/2013

    " alternate history. Unrealistic and kind of obnoxious. Really didn't like the writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D.C. Belton | 8/25/2013

    " Very slow and a bit unbelievable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 8/17/2013

    " I needed a bit more of a "grab". I wanted to really like this book, but the characters seemed very 1-D, and the storyline is very slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Rademacher | 11/16/2012

    " I always love almost everything I've read from Turtledove. This book does not seem to be what I expected. The 1st half was pretty good. Once the story was set, it did not flow like I expected. The 2nd half seemed like textbook and dry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike Thornton | 11/13/2012

    " BORING!! Could not finish this one. I tried to give it a chance, but after 1/3 of the way through I gave up. Too bad, as I have all three in the series and won't read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Linzey | 11/1/2012

    " I'm just breaking into the Alt. History Scene. Am loving it. This is the 8 or 9th of such books and am finding them interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 10/2/2012

    " also finished 3/27/2008 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/17/2012

    " I generally like Harry Turtledove but was disappointed with this book. The story just didn't go anywhere and other than the land being Atlantis there was nothing that was particularly "alternate" about this fictional history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Kremen | 8/2/2012

    " First part was great, then he lost me as he changed generations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/12/2011

    " Not Turtledove's best but still quite entertaining. Taking a new continent (Atlantis) and rewriting early U.S. history tailored to that continent works very well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 5/7/2011

    " I didn't like it. Writing style is lifeless, characters are stock, story is like reading a boiler plate history. Waste of my time. If you know nothing of how people immigrate to a new unexplored land, it will give you a bland pasty taste. Robinson Crusoe is far superior. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoLene | 4/24/2011

    " Don't want to spoil anything so I will just suffice it to say that I didn't finish this book (although I did read most of it since I brought on a trip where I didn't have other choices) and I will not be continuing with the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 3/27/2011

    " I couldn't work up the interest to finish it. I didnt hate it, just got too bored "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 2/28/2011

    " I needed a bit more of a "grab". I wanted to really like this book, but the characters seemed very 1-D, and the storyline is very slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 12/15/2010

    " First part was great, then he lost me as he changed generations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tisha | 9/27/2010

    " Didn't finish. Was slow and boring
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kivette | 5/22/2010

    " BORING!!! I like alternate historical timeline books, but I could not get through this one. I only made it through half of the book. I was bored out of my mind. I can't imagine trying to listen to or read the whole series. "

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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

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?