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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes and no. The idea is brilliant - the narration was awful !!! It ended up being hard work listening to John Allen Nelson.
What was most disappointing about Harry Turtledove’s story?
Too many Americanisms and not enough understanding of other nations. Turtledove, at times, appears lazy and repeats a lot of detail. I think he tried to involve too many characters/storylines and it was a struggle to keep up as the writing jumped from one character to the next. With so many characters I found it hard to care about them and during the action scenes I wasn't concerned whether a character lived or died.
How could the performance have been better?
Getting anyone other than John Allen Nelson to read it. He has no idea how to deliver an audiobook. All of his European accents were the same, whether the character be French, German, Polish etc. And as for his British accents !!! In typical American style, all British accents were upper class English accents, no matter where they came from. At one point HT describes a British soldier as coming from Wales...Nelson's dialogue for him was no different to the other British characters...English NOT Welsh. He even struggled with some English words !!!
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I think Audible should lower this, given the poor standard of narration or it should be re-recorded with another narrator.
The story was derivative with many characters feeling copy and pasted with a name change. same facts or views are repeated endlessly. the voice acting was diabolical. Must run as one of the worst attempts at multiple accents I have ever heard. Don't waste your time and money on this novel.
Turtledove attempts to deliver again and thus far in this tread he seems to be doing so. He attacks the question: what if WWII started a bit earlier, with the Allies declaring war instead of handing over Czechoslovakia? Thus far, much of the gist of WWII seems to be following as it did in our history, but several events are developing that allude to some interesting turns. The ending is a cliffhanger. This book has the feel of another great Turtledove saga, and those can often go on for 7 or more books, so beware before getting too deeply into this.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Turtledove really stimulates the "what if" part of your brain with his alternate history. But the reader just murders it. I got through it because of the author's good writing and character development, but it would have been so much better read by say Scott Brick or about any other reader. I think it's still worth getting, but with this reader, Audible should cut the price.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful