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3.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 53.00054525627045 out of 5 3.00 (1,834 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Turtledove Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Worldwar Series Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781400183968
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Communist China, Japan, Nazi Germany, the United States: they began World War II as mortal enemies. But suddenly their only hope for survival-never mind victory-was to unite to stop a mighty foe: one whose frightening technology appeared invincible. Far worse beings than the Nazis were loose. From Warsaw to Moscow to China's enemy-occupied Forbidden City, the nations of the world had been forced into an uneasy alliance since humanity began its struggle against overwhelming odds. In Britain and Germany, where the banshee wail of hostile jets screamed across the land, caches of once-forbidden weapons were unearthed, and unthinkable tactics were employed against the enemy. Brilliantly innovative military strategists confronted challenges unprecedented in the history of warfare. Even as lack of fuel forced people back to horse and carriage, physicists worked feverishly to create the first atomic bombs-with horrifying results. City after city joined the radioactive pyre as the planet erupted in fiery ruins. Yet the crisis continued-on land, sea, and in the air-as humanity writhed in global combat. The tactics of daredevil guerrillas everywhere became increasingly ingenious against a superior foe whose desperate retaliation would grow ever more fearsome. No one had ever put the United States, or the world, in such deadly danger. But if the carnage and annihilation ever stopped, would there be any pieces to pick up? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “After enjoying this morally aware addition to the series, and its many cameos by real-life figures (including Einstein, Stalin and Ribbentrop), most readers will be looking forward eagerly to the next.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical ‘what ifs.’”

    Library Journal

  • Turtledove exhibits his genuine feel for crafting believable answers to historical 'what ifs.' Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/29/2016

    " I think that this book seems to get off track from the series in a whole. It appears that this book was more of a filler in the series than anything else. There were several important points that were met in this book, but there was also alot of rambling when it came to certain parts and some of the sections was more detail than was actually needed. I did enjoy this book overall and it appeared that the narration was a little better than the first two, but still hard to transition at points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 10/11/2013

    " Space aliens set out to conquer Earth in the middle of World War 2. Plucky humans have to band together against the common foe. Rated MA15+ for war violence and sex scenes. 3/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nimblehearse | 2/16/2013

    " this is the third book in the series and it is such a great book, it throws a curve ball that i had no idea was comming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/15/2012

    " This is the thrid in a four part tale which takes us into the beginning of World War II with great historical clarity and keen insights on the daily lives of nearly all the factions of the 1940's wartime world... besides the aliens which kinda get in the way of it all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 7/20/2012

    " These are starting to get really repetitive...every time we cycle back to the same characters, we get a paragraph of two of the same complaints/statements/comment they always make. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarebear | 11/26/2011

    " Woulda been great except it had sex in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren Bradley | 11/21/2011

    " still loving it.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boyd | 10/23/2011

    " As the war rages on how does this new enemy deal with new counterattacks from England, after England is invaded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nimblehearse | 5/9/2011

    " i thought this book was great, it was a real great treat for any history or sience fiction fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 crunch-o-matic | 11/3/2010

    " ID4 with Nazis! Reads like an ensemble cast, disaster, summer blockbuster, sci-fi, special effects extravaganza! Grinding tense progression of the narrative that ups the violence and tech on each page "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 9/11/2010

    " It was a wonderful saga of Lizards invading from another planet during WWII. The writing is excellent. I found I needed to read every word because the canvas was so big and interesting. If you like alternate history, this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 8/23/2010

    " When I read the plot description - aliens invade earth during World War II - I had my doubts, but it is actually a very readable alternate history novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 8/11/2010

    " A fun alternate history: World War 2 gets put on hold by arrival of alien invaders, and former enemies must work together to defeat this powerful new enemy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/25/2010

    " I found this concept fascinating, went on to read the remaining books in the series, and was disappointed when there no more in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 8/8/2009

    " I was hooked on Page 1. A great book, great author and great series. Alternate history at it's best. Aliens with early 21st century technology against World War Two era earth. What a concept. Turtledoves weaves a rich, deep, detailed story thru a ensemble cast. "

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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?