Hitler's War : War That Came Early

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by John Allen Nelson
  • Series: War That Came Early
  • 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A stroke of the pen and history is changed. In 1938, British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, determined to avoid war at any cost, signed the Munich Accord, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler. But the following spring, Hitler snatched the rest of that country and pushed beyond its borders. World War II had begun, and England, after a fatal act of appeasement, was fighting a war for which it was not prepared.
Now, in this thrilling, provocative, and fascinating alternate history by Harry Turtledove, another scenario is played out: What if Chamberlain had not signed the accord? What if Hitler had acted rashly, before his army was ready - would such impatience have helped him or doomed him faster? Here is an action-packed, blow-by-blow chronicle of the war that might have been - and the repercussions that might have echoed through history - had Hitler reached too far, too soon, and too fast.
Turtledove uses dozens of points of view to tell this story: from American marines serving in Japanese-occupied China to members of a Jewish German family with a proud history of war service to their nation, from ragtag volunteers fighting in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in Spain to an American woman desperately trying to escape Nazi-occupied territory - and witnessing the war from within the belly of the beast.
A novel that reveals the human face of war while simultaneously riding the twists and turns that make up the great acts of history, Hitler's War is the beginning of an exciting new alternate history saga. Here is a tale of powerful leaders and ordinary people, of spies, soldiers, and traitors, of the shifting alliances that draw some together while tearing others apart. At once authoritative, brilliantly imaginative, and hugely entertaining, Hitler's War captures the beginning of a very different World War II - with a very different fate for our world today.

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What the Critics Say

"Turtledove is always good, but this return to World War II, one of his favorite turfs, is genuinely brilliant." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting concept - almost delivered...

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?

I would.


Any additional comments?

I think Audible should lower this, given the poor standard of narration or it should be re-recorded with another narrator.

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- Neil

unimaginative and repetitive drivel.

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.
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- Antony J Steele

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio