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I've read and listened to a number of James Hogan's works over the years. He's very good at "hard" sci-fi as can bee seen in his Giants series. This book is a good take on the "Alternative timeline" genre as applied to the Second World War. I won't give too many details of the plot, so that other listeners can come at it fresh. Suffice to say it deals with the consequences of going back in time to change the course of World history as seen through the eyes of the people doing the time traveling. There's some good explanations on the results of doing this, such as parallel timelines & universes existing simultaneously, and how the action itself of traveling back can change things. As a story it's good, maybe not on a par with his Giants series, but well worth it.
That said, as an English person, listening to the narrator at times was painful. His attempts at generic English accents often came across as being from the Dick Van Dyke school. Add onto that some awful pronunciation gaffes (Edinburgh as "Edin-BERG" instead of "Edin-Boro" is just one example), and it did mar the listening experience. You may want to brace yourself for occasional winces whenever the story moves to Britain or has a British character in the chapter!
This review will be brief and to the point, Audible listener.
Time travel novels are tricky, to say the very least.
As an author, you'll be tempted to over-create a plausible detailed science behind the concept of your story, and that can kill any hope of a great novel. Often, you'll dive far too deeply into HOW time paradoxes work, and the twisted aftershocks that change the future, causing your readers to quickly use your novel for kindling. Sometimes, you'll want to spit out a gargantuan litany of historical facts and figures, subsequently drown your audience in minutia, which makes for an utter snoozefest, and your book winds up in the 70% off bargain bin.
None of that happens here.
Buckle in. This is what time travel should be. Plots, Fixing the time paradox back to right. Action. Good, old fashioned Indiana Jones style storytelling! And this isn't dramatic imagineering of a future world, as much as a detailed reflection of the PAST, which is always refreshing, when done with expertise and solid period creation.
And it works. The storyline is deep and thought-provoking. The characters, both good and evil, and enjoyable. And the narrator did a good job as well.
This all comes together for an excellent listen in the time travel genre. To think that I almost didn't get this one, just because of the horrific artwork on the cover of this Audible offering. It really could and should, be much better.
Don't pass on this one. It's a keeper.
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Concept: people from a future in which the Nazis had won WWII, go back in time and try to help defeat the Nazis. When I first read this 30 years ago, I learned a lot of true history as well as got entertained. Clever touch: Isaac Asimov makes a cameo appearance.