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.
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"An exceptionally riveting and innovative narrative that successfully straddles the gulf between fact and fantasy." (Booklist)
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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.
"One of Turtledove's very best..."
If you like his alternate histories, this is a must buy. Give up that Audible credit!
"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
"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!
"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.
This is a great book, and very powerful book.
The narrative is superv and through the roof.
This is a must have for your collection.
"If you love History and Fiction...A MUST!"
Ok with more than a thousand books this could be a difficult answer, but I will revisit this book for years to come.
Lee. We are tempted to judge people not by the content of their character but by their side of history. The author is insightful with the Lee character.
A fun and thought provoking read.
"Turledove sets the bar high"
Was hoping for a better narrator, excellent novel none the less. Enjoyed attack on Washington.
"If you like Turtledove you must read this"
This is classic turtledove, a must read.
I wonder why it too soo long to get it to audible?
So I heard of this book on video and it got with a free trial. While I have not finshed it I am glad it was bought. The is a good example of alternate history done great
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