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Homeward Bound

De : Harry Turtledove
Lu par : Patrick Lawlor
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    With his epic novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove shares a stunning vision of what might have been - and what might still be - if one moment in history were changed. In the Worldwar and Colonization series, an ancient, highly advanced alien species found itself locked in a bitter struggle with a distant, rebellious planet: Earth. For those defending the Earth, this all-out war for survival supercharged human technology, made friends of foes, and turned allies into bitter enemies.

    For the aliens known as the Race, the conflict has yielded dire consequences. Mankind has developed nuclear technology years ahead of schedule, forcing the invaders to accept an uneasy truce with nations that possess the technology to defend themselves. But it is the Americans, with their primitive inventiveness, who discover a way to launch themselves through distant space - and reach the Race's home planet itself. Now - in the 21st century - a few daring men and women embark upon a journey no human has made before. Warriors, diplomats, traitors, and exiles - the humans who arrive in the place called Home find themselves genuine strangers on a strange world and at the center of a flash point with terrifying potential. For their arrival on the alien home world may drive the enemy to make the ultimate decision - to annihilate an entire planet, rather than allow the human contagion to spread. It may be that nothing can deter them from this course.

    With its extraordinary cast of characters - human, nonhuman, and some in-between - Homeward Bound is a fascinating contemplation of cultures, armies, and individuals in collision. From the man whom USA Today has called "the leading author of alternate history", this is a novel of vision, adventure, and constant, astounding surprise.

    ©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2011 Tantor

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    "A grand spectacle of alternate history that depends as much on its individual moments as on its large-scale encounters." ( Library Journal)

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    • Jaime
    • 19/04/2012

    Harry you should have stayed on earth.

    Let me start by saying I loved the series. However, I was seriously disappointed by Homeward Bound. Why does it take 28 hrs and 9 mins to not say nothing? I mean really, nothing happened throughout the book. Nothing was resolved, We don't really know what happened on earth, many of the characters from the series are briefly mentioned but what happened to them?Worst of all we're left hanging at the end. I wont say more as I don't want to give away the story for those who wish to listen to this book. But I feel like after 6 other books we should have gotten a BIG finish and what we get is a well, nada, zilch zero, the big goose egg. The details of Home are interesting though, and you get some very interesting thoughts about different systems of government and you even wonder of the "races" form of government has some merit, This is why I didn't give the story 2 stars. Harry Turtledove can still make the details interesting, even if the big picture disappointed me.

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    • Geoffrey
    • 10/05/2014

    28 Hours of Nothing Happening

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys watching paint dry. Someone who enjoys reading about paint drying. Someone who enjoys hearing someone describe how paint is drying fifty different ways.

    What could Harry Turtledove have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am quite positive Harry Turtledove is a better writer than I so I am quick to admit my answer above is a bit tongue and cheek. His style of writing is very much the style of writing his alien race of lizards would write. It is very thorough, the same theme is explored from the perspective of each of the characters multiple times. He does not take huge leaps in the plot, it advances slowly and steadily. Unfortunately, like his alien race, his story is not going anywhere anytime fast. I kept listening to the end because I was on a long trip and did not have an alternative, but would not recommend this book.

    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    None. Turtledove's characters were very two dimensional. I was particularly disappointed with the character of Karen. She is supposed to be a well educated, expert on "The Race" yet she comes across as a caricature of a 1950's housewife spending her time on an alien planet shopping, figuring out how to make ice for drinks, and being jealous of a lover her husband had 30+ years ago that he has since expressed no interest in.

    Despite this Lawlor's performance was well done. I had no trouble knowing which characters were talking. The prolonged sss whenever someone of "the Race" was talking got a little annoying but became less so after I switched to 1.25 time to get through the book faster.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion. This is the final book in a series and I have not read or listened to the others. Despite this I had no problem picking right up with the characters and the story so far thanks to Turtledove's repetitive style of writing. My confusion comes from the fact that this was the eighth book. Clearly someone out there enjoys Mr. Turtledove's style of writing. I would like to meet them and ask them a few questions to try and figure out why.

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    • Daniel
    • 07/09/2011

    Novel storyline and very good narration

    I was a bit skeptical about the storyline when I began this series but Harry Turtledove does a pretty credible job with his extrapolation of history, or what he believes history would have been had aliens invaded during WWII.

    He has continued this quite well with this addition to the Colonization series and, though it does contain some weakness in the thread, the fabric of his history seems pretty sound and interesting.

    The humor is genuine and the science, though it is not totally founded in modern science, does have some credibility.

    In all a fairly good series and another good addition. The performance is solid with some weaknesses it is actually a bit better than the story. Overall it is a worthwile purchase.

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    • Morgan
    • 18/05/2020

    An excellent end!

    Homeward Bound is the conclusion to eight of the most enjoyable bits of science fiction I have ever encountered. Finally we see the homeworld of the Race, and learn more than ever about their psychology and society. As with the Collonization though this is NOT an action packed adventure, it is a slower book and is more about the characters sorting out how eachother work so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.

    But if you read all of WORLDWAR, and then all of COLONIZATION, you are going to enjoy this capstone as much as you enjoyed those.

    Standard Turtledove warnings do apply however, his habit of reiterating the same piece of information from many different character point of view (and sometimes the same characters point of view) is still present, and it can cause a few eye rolls sometimes, but again if you have gotten to this point you know what to expect.

    I highly recommend giving it a listen!

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    • Shaun
    • 14/01/2023

    Meh

    The ending of
    This story kinda sucked after such an amazing start, middle and almost end. I knew with 8 hours left it was going to end open ended and I was right. Race and humanity just are…dissatisfied with this one after what. 6 books or so

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12/01/2023

    The finally.

    This is the last and better books in the world war series of books. This book was the 2nd best book in the world war series.

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    • Bear Walker
    • 06/09/2022

    great series

    my only complaint about this book is that I want more.

    this is one of the best science fiction series ever written between the world war series and the colonization series

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    • Michael F Tindall JR
    • 13/05/2022

    How to dither around for a an entire book.

    This book seemed to have a ton of potential, it started with a interesting concept, then proceeded to spin it's wheels till the end. Frenkly I'm disappointed.

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    • Matthew Androlowicz
    • 07/03/2022

    A Huge Letdown.

    A really disappointment as a the concluding book in the series. Endless repeating and repeating and repeating the same points relentlessly is supremely aggravating. The first three or four chapters could have been one more books. Huge time jumps leave a lot out that could have been developed much better. The worst part , however, is that it doesn't tie things up at the end. the main through plot for the four books in the sequel series is not resolved.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 01/11/2021

    Highly Disappointed

    Spoiler warning:
    After the first half of the series, I was hoping colonization would be another 4 interesting books. After having finished the second 4 I couldn't have been more wrong. The first 3 in this half are all but unimportant when you get to the fourth. Characters are no longer used and story building of the other nations never fleshed out. So much could have been done to expand on the situation of how the humans surpassed the race but it ends before anything of consequence happens.

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    • Caladrio
    • 13/09/2018

    Don't bother

    If you listened to the world war books and want to try this one now, don't. It is really repetitive and nothing interisting is going on. There are only two okay parts in the whole book. I accidentally skipped one part and didn't even noticed until later. Because nothing of substance happened.
    Wouldn't even recommend it to people who loved the world war series. Peace is boring.