Worldwar: Striking the Balance : Worldwar

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Worldwar
  • 25 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination.
With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan, and the United States were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invaders' superior strength and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation.
City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer or for the uneasy allies to defend? While Mao Tse-tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self-destruction, U.S. forces frantically try to stop the enemy's push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once-great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they'll risk losing the war.
The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove's grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no-win, no-survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion.


What the Critics Say

"A cast of thousands with a plot to match, well-drawn...aliens, a wealth of fascinating speculation." ( Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great story let down by poor narration

Where does Worldwar: Striking the Balance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am grouping the World War series together and as a series they are one of my favourite books.

What did you like best about this story?

The story rolls along at a steady pace, I love the way the Race can't get a grip on us humans, and in my opinion is the best guess on how aliens would see us if they ever landed here.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I was a little disappointed with the narration, the Todd McLaren does an appalling British accent and I honestly thought that one of the characters was an Australian instead of a Londoner. Also the pronunciation of some words left a lot to be desired didn't anyone proof listen this before it was released.
If you can ignore the rubbish accents and mispronunciation of some words then you will enjoy this series of books.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts of this book made me smile mainly the parts where the Race failed to grasp us ' Big Uglies'.

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- Darren

The conclusion to the series

Really enjoyed it! "Luhans" parts felt a little dull for me. But I still loved the series and this was a good ending for it.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio