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The Guns of the South Audiobook

The Guns of the South

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Publisher's Summary

January 1864: General Robert E. Lee faces defeat. The Army of Northern Virginia is ragged and ill-equipped. Gettysburg has broken the back of the Confederacy and decimated its manpower. Then, Andries Rhoodie, a strange man with an unplaceable accent, approaches Lee with an extraordinary offer. Rhoodie demonstrates an amazing rifle: its rate of fire is incredible, its lethal efficiency breathtaking - and Rhoodie guarantees unlimited quantities to the Confederates. The name of the weapon is the AK-47.

©1992 Harry Turtledove (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An exceptionally riveting and innovative narrative that successfully straddles the gulf between fact and fantasy." (Booklist)

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  • Tami A.
    28/10/16
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    "Loved the book but..."

    This has been a favourite of mine since I bought my first copy in 1992. I love the storyline and how the author works out the plot lines. I also love how Lee deals with the oddity of time travel with the greatest of ease. It might've been interesting to see how he would've marveled at the modern world had he had the chance to see it.

    I did NOT care much for the performance. While he did make effort to have the characters speak with the proper enthusiasm, he mispronounced simple words, all the characters sounded the same, and the reading of the story outside of the characters speaking was very dull and monotonous. Many times during long spells of just story, I found myself nodding off. I would not recommend this for listening to while driving.
    I WOULD listen to it again, as it's a favourite of mine but please let me know if you ever get someone who knows how to read and make a book come alive for the listener to perform this title.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    New Orleans, LA
    12/10/16
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    "One of Turtledove's very best..."

    If you like his alternate histories, this is a must buy. Give up that Audible credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David S. Mathew
    17/03/17
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    "The Second American Revolution"

    Being both a science fiction author and a historian, Harry Turtledove naturally developed a reputation as a master of alternate history. Aside from a few short stories, this is my first in-depth experience with the author, since it was his first major literary success. I am pleased with what I have found.

    The set up is honestly pretty silly: What if racist, time traveling militants gave the Confederacy AK-47s so they could win the Civil War? Ridiculous premise aside, Turtledove does a remarkable job playing with historical characters like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee and showing how they would have reacted if history took a very difficult turn. If you're at all interested, check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    United States
    13/01/17
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    "The Confederacy in 2016!"

    I had heard this book in the 1990's as read by Dick Estel on WEAR radio in Lansing Michigan. Mr. Estelle still (I believe) reads for 30 minutes a day every weekday. My wife had a conversation about this premise and I was flabbergasted to find it had actually been made into an Audio book! Believe me, I've looked for it in the past! As for the less than stellar rating, I very much wanted to be brought up to 2016 but having heard it previously, I knew it wouldn't happen...

    Author, Mr. Turtledove, I will now be buying SEVERAL of your books!!! Thank You

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael D. Russcher
    KALAMAZOO, MI, US
    12/05/17
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    "Amazing story but a poor narrator"

    Amazing story but a poor narrator. The story was way different than what I had expected. It has also peaked my interest in learning about the civil war! I wish the narrator had been better. Every voice sounded the same which was confusing at times. Overall though, this is on of my favorite books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne Hughes
    24/04/17
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    "inconsistent pronunciarion"

    the narrator mispronounced words such as "invalid." said "Curtis" instead of "Custis." a marginal performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • USMC0931
    Oregon
    22/04/17
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    "Amazing book, the narrator is not so great"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has a speech problem with words that end in S. He whistles at the end of every S word. It's extremely annoying until you just start to tone it out, or maybe he stops doing it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elie M.
    09/04/17
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    "Good"

    Good Story, very slow at times. Halfway decent narrator, good intonations, good and clear effort. The only problem with the narrator is that every voice sounds relatively the same. Literally every voice!! Also the book is very slow at times, throughout the middle. Otherwise I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marvin Young
    05/04/17
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    "Great alternate history novel and military sci-fi"

    Guns of the South paints an alternate history for the American Civil War of 1862 and the Confederate States of America's subsequent founding. The novel is a mix of the alternate history, military science fiction, and political genres alike. I recommend to anyone interested scenes of brilliantly vivid military conflict, political turmoil, and the "what if" probabilities of cause and effect in the grand narrative that is history to give it a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. C. HOGUE, JD., LL.M.
    04/03/17
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    "GUNS OF THE SOUTH hits the mark for son's of South"

    Wonderful story lacking only the effects of the time travelers past actions on the present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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