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3.00116459627329 out of 53.00116459627329 out of 53.00116459627329 out of 53.00116459627329 out of 53.00116459627329 out of 5 3.00 (2,576 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:
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War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa … the fate of the world hung in the balance.

Then the real enemy came.

Out of the dark of night, out of the soft glow of dawn, out of the clear blue sky came an invasion force the likes of which Earth had never known—and worldwar was truly joined. The invaders were inhuman, and they were unstoppable. Their technology was far beyond our reach, and their goal was simple: Fleetlord Atvar had arrived to claim Earth for the Empire. Never before had Earth’s people been more divided. Never had the need for unity been greater. And grudgingly, inexpertly, humanity took up the challenge.

In this epic novel of alternate history, Harry Turtledove takes us around the globe. We roll with German panzers, watch the coast of Britain with the RAF, and welcome alien-liberators to the Warsaw ghetto. In tiny planes we skim the vast Russian steppe, and we push the envelope of technology in secret labs at the University of Chicago. Turtledove’s saga covers all the Earth, and beyond, as mankind—in all its folly and glory—faces the ultimate threat; and a turning point in history shows us a past that never was and a future that could yet come to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This intelligent speculative novel depicts an alternate history in which, at the height of World War II, Earth is attacked by alien beings with weapons far more destructive than any possessed by the Allied or Axis forces.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Turtledove excels in alternate history, and this panoramic exploration of a world at war…showcases his fertile imagination. A feast for history buffs as well as sf fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Vast, churning alternate-world/alien-invasion saga…Intriguing and panoramic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 8/20/2016

    " This book are very well written and done well. I enjoyed the characters in the book. The only thing that bothers me is the transition from scene to scene is too quick by the narrator (not a long enough pause to feel like there was a change in venue). There are time that I had to back up to see where I was on the plant and in the whole scheme of the book. This is not the writers fault this is more on the audio book publisher, the producer and the narrator for creating this confusion. I loved the story line and have continued through the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dale | 2/15/2014

    " I am kind of a sucker for a lor of things, and here are two which come together in Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series: alternate history, and global epics that bounce the narrative around amongst many multi-culti POV characters. It's a cheap way to build tension, putting one set of characters in danger and then leaving off their story to catch up with others until finally swinging back around again - cheap but effective. I wouldn't say that Turtledove is a great writer, but he does a good job creating a textual feel of World War II era speaking patterns, and the idea of an alien invasion interrupting the human hostilities is too good to not entertain me. Of course this means Oh Man What Am I Thinking Another Series I've Gotten Into but yes, I will be picking up the next volume soon. At least this one is already completely published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tony Kordyban | 2/10/2014

    " This book answers the question I should have been thinking about my whole life: What if ... at the height of World War II, Earth is invaded by lizard people from outer space? I picked this book off the shelf in a bookstore because of the weird cover, and after reading the summary, I had to buy it. After reading my first sci-fi/alternate history, I was hooked on the series. Then hooked on all of Harry Turtledove's alternate history series. After living through the alternate Civil War, the alternate WWII, and alternate Shakespeare's England, I still come back to this first Worldwar novel as the best. I find them most enjoyable if I am familiar with the history that Harry is twisting. Lots of action, romance, political satire and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Toby | 1/28/2014

    " 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. "

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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.