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Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was an interesting concept loosely grounded in historical facts and entertaining to listen to. These days, I appreciate authors that can wrap up the story in one book. Sometimes I don't want to start the investment in a long series of books that inevitably end on cliff hanger after cliff hanger. Some people might see the plot as "formulaic" but its that straight foreword manner that made it an enjoyable listen. I only have one criticism; the author had a bad habit of cramming every historical figure he possibly could into the story. I understand that famous figures in military history were young "up and comers" in 1920 and some would conceivably play a role in these events. My issue is the steady stream of notable people that made cameo appearances through out the book in miner or insignificant roles just to add them in. Its starts out as a fun novelty and then becomes a little burdensome as it happens more and more. Its totally worth a credit if you're looking for a fun, straight forward listen.
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What did you like best about 1920: America's Great War? What did you like least?
Best: the author handles geopolitics well and has a good sense of humor. I found myself laughing several times. He also paints a good battlefield picture, which not all alt-historians do, and has a good grasp of military hardware - especially naval.
Least: I think the story was a little aborted and could have greatly benefited from another book or two. I know other reviewers have appreciated the fact that the author is able to wrap up the plot in one book, but I feel that a few subplots are promised early on and never delivered. I also found it unlikely that the events of the book could be resolved as abruptly as they did.
My other big complaint is the handling of the characters. There's far too much name dropping regarding real historical people and it begins to break the suspension of disbelief. The other problem is that there are far too many POV characters for the length. There's not enough development for most of them, so it's hard to care what happens to them.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Another book or two to slow down the pace a little, develop the characters, and resolve the "third act problems" (to borrow a phrase)
That failing, reduce the cast and pace it similarly to "How Few Remain"
What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?
He's clear and enunciates. He also obeys punctuation, which not all performers do.
I struck a half a star for his female voices. The same characters had slightly different voices at different times, and there was overlap between two of the main female characters which was confusing. I struck the other half for his rendition of Patton. He gave the man a deep gravelly voice where it's well documented that Patton's voice was rather high. I don't know if it was a lack of homework, or artistic license, but I would have preferred more accuracy.
Was 1920: America's Great War worth the listening time?
If you are a fan of the genre, yes. Otherwise, probably not
Any additional comments?
I wish I could have had Mr. Conroy write "The War that Came Early" which was too drawn out, and Dr. Turtledove write this story which could have used more material.