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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as the great appeaser. But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler? What would the Nazis' next move have been? And how would the war---which Hitler had always regretted waiting 11 months to start---have unfolded and changed our world?

Here, Turtledove takes us across a panorama of conflict fueled by ideology and demagoguery. Nations are pitted against nations, alliances are forged between old enemies, ordinary men and women are hurled into extraordinary life-and-death situations.

In Japanese-controlled Singapore, an American marine falls in love with a Russian dance-hall hostess, while around him are heard the first explosions of Chinese guerilla resistance. On the frontlines of war-ravaged rural France, a weary soldier perfects the art of using an enormous anti-tank gun as a sniper's tool---while from Germany a killer is sent to hunt him down. And in the icy North Atlantic, a U-boat bearing an experimental device wreaks havoc on British shipping, setting the stage for a Nazi ground invasion of Denmark.

From an American woman trapped in Germany who receives safe passage from Hitler himself to a Jewish family steeped in German culture and facing the hatred rising around them, from Japanese soldiers on the remote edge of Siberia to American volunteers in Spain, The War That Came Early: West and East is the story of a world held hostage by tyrants - Stalin, Hitler, Sanjuro - each holding on to power through lies and terror, even in the face of treacherous plots from within.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/19/2014

    " The second in a series about what would happen if WWII started a year early. Typical Turtledove, and a rousing read "

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

    " Continuation of Hitler's War. Spanish Civil War continues as Germany/Poland and Italy face off with France, Britain and Soviet Union. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/14/2013

    " Another good Harry book. Lots of charactors, lots of scenes, and I am sure a lot more to come. Keep up the good work, Harry! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David R. | 11/30/2013

    " A classic Turtledove middle-book-in-a-series. If you haven't read the previous episode it takes time to become reacquainted with the huge cast of characters. This one tends to plod along with a very high talking-to-action ratio. A late plot device suggests the 3rd book will be much more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Heinz | 11/14/2013

    " The usual Turtledove format of segments blending into a whole. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/8/2013

    " Another awesome book in the series... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Scumaci | 10/28/2013

    " It seemed to drag on for 200 pages more than it needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 10/21/2013

    " I great read that leaves one wanting to read more. Character detail is amazing and that is a great feat looking back at how many characters there are. My personal favorite character is the Czech Sniper Corporal Vaclav Jezek. If you read it, you will know why. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/24/2013

    " this is a sci fi what if book. the book is also historical fiction with a twist. people who like this genre just have to try this! the characters good and bad are great as is the writing and plot... this is a book that i would highly recomend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wsprag | 12/20/2012

    " Good story. I do not understand why Italy and the North African campaign have not even really been mentioned as of yet in the story. But, I liked it and I recommend this series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 10/22/2012

    " Ground level view of a different WW2. Sequel to Hitler's War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/7/2012

    " the characters become more interesting as the war heats up. rooting interest for some takes hold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 4/23/2012

    " interesting how turtledove thinks the war will play out with an earlier start. This is not the end of the series so the outcome of wwII is still in doubt but so far it is closer to wwI. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz B | 1/22/2012

    " This book is just a continuation of the previous, so doesn't really need a separate review, as it has the same flaws and strengths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garen Corbett | 9/9/2011

    " If you're into "alternative history" or what if scenarios, than you will enjoy this book. The book kept me company on a recent vacation, and drew a sharply drawn picture of the daily life of the wartime soldiers during a war that in this book did not happen exactly as history unfolded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 6/27/2011

    " Will need to read more Turtledove "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Eakin | 4/27/2011

    " Well written book, with very defined characters, and a plot line that pulls you in quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2011

    " Another good Harry book. Lots of charactors, lots of scenes, and I am sure a lot more to come. Keep up the good work, Harry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wsprag | 1/28/2011

    " Good story. I do not understand why Italy and the North African campaign have not even really been mentioned as of yet in the story. But, I liked it and I recommend this series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 12/4/2010

    " The second in a series about what would happen if WWII started a year early. Typical Turtledove, and a rousing read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/2/2010

    " Continuation of Hitler's War. Spanish Civil War continues as Germany/Poland and Italy face off with France, Britain and Soviet Union. "

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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?