In 1914, they called it The Great War, and few could imagine anything worse. For nearly three decades, a peace forged in blood and fatigue has held sway in North America. Now, Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian Tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory. But behind the façade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to go off. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse.
In the White House in Philadelphia, Socialist President Al Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the fires of war and the flood tides of depression. In the South, Featherston and his ruling Freedom Party have put down a Negro rebellion with a bloody fist and have interned them in concentration camps. Now, they are determined to crush their Northern neighbor at any cost.
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"Turtledove produces yet another absorbing installment of his character-centered alternate-history saga." (Booklist)
"Great book bad narrator"
I would, inspite of me feeling the narration wasn't very good.
Seeing old and new characters from Southern Victory back again.
Not that great.
The scenes of blacks being killed almost made me cry.
They should've stuck with George Guidall as narrator.
"Need Guidall back!!"
I've read all in the order 191 series Guidall is awesome this narrator is not!! Like Roy Dotrice for the game of thrones novels when you add a a new narrator the texture and flavor of the authors delivery can be ruined
"Miss the old reader"
The new narrator for the book is not as good as the previous one. Monotonous at times. Butchers names and even a few common words.
The story is great though. Definitely a good series
"Great Book HORRIBLE NARRATION"
I've read all the books in this series in print. I got involved in the audiobooks for my long drives and my typical commute to and from work. I love the books and think they're well written. George Guidell was a VERY good narrator and I enjoyed listening to his readings. Paul Costanzo is the exact opposite. It seems like he has no idea how to read with any sort of inflection. I've been waiting for five years for this release. I was surprised to find it when I searched for it. I've not even finished the reading yet but it's painful to listen to. I love this series dearly and if the publishers are reading these reviews at all: PLEASE FIND SOMEONE BETTER TO READ THESE. If you can't get George Guidell back, get someone who knows how to narrate and not make every last word sound awkward and unfamiliar. This painful narration rips you from the book entirely.
"Finally on audio"
I've been left in limbo waiting for this final series to come to audio and it's finally here. Paul Costanzo does a fine job of picking up the series. It's not George Guidall, but he makes this series his own and I enjoyed his narration. I highly recommend this book and this final series in this alternate history timeline.
This is a great series. It's a great twist to the history of the U.S. vs. CSA. You will love this series.
"Same battles, different results"
I kind a liked it though many of the stories sounded familiar. A lot is hard to believe and many things are vague. Best parts are the battles. Good narrative.
"Impressive Rendering by Narrator Paul Constanzo"
Yes, I'm one of those listeners who often chooses my next audiobook based on Narrator. Narrators come in many flavors, each bringing different strengths to the table. I'm lately especially fond of the highly skilled Will Patton, Scott Brick, and Paul Constanzo.
Hence, my purchase of Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove. This was my first taste of Turtledove's alternative histories. Interesting and enhanced, I am sure, by Constanzo's rich voice, his soothing timber and cadence. His masterful narration allowed me to paint the pictures of the unfolding story myself, never interrupting my connection with Turtledove's intent. It's a beautiful thing and a powerful skill.
To be honest, as much as I already appreciated his work, after listening to Return Engagement I am even more impressed with Paul Constanzo. I didn't realize just how wonderful his character work could be. He's much more versatile than I'd realized, creating subtle, but well drawn characters, both male and female.
Well done. VERY well done. We're lucky there's more to come!
"Racial slurs abound"
I was surprised and disappointed in the amount of racial slurs in this book. I was embarrassed at the out right nasty way the black people were spoken of! I know free speech and all but I found it so full of hate I couldn't continue listening to it after a short time and intend to return it!
If the book had not been written!
Most of them.
Put a warning on for racial content!
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