After the Downfall

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of robbery, rape, and revenge! Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a career soldier on the losing end of the greatest war in history, flees from a sniper's bullet, finding himself hurled into a mysterious, fantastic world of wizards, dragons, and unicorns!

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Good story, mediocre writer

Although I like the concept of this story, I must object to some of Mr. Turtledove's plot devices: in particular, his indulgence in male sexual fantasies, and his graphic depiction of male battle-lust and blood-lust. He depicts simply ridiculous male sex fantasies (e.g.: a woman taking off her clothes and invitingly lying down in the middle of the road to thank the hero for rescuing her); and, although I understand that Mr. Turtledove wanted to display the cruelty and prejudice of one race as opposed to another (comparing it to the Nazis vs. the Jews), I object to such detailed descriptions of the villains' actions, no matter their verisimilitude to real human blood-lust. Also, the hero's nonchalance in the face of this behavior does not make the reader like him very much, even though he apparently doesn't participate directly in the monstrous deeds. On the other hand, this book does have the advantage of showing the conversion of a Nazi officer to a more tolerant point of view. To quote Horton: "People are people, no matter how small."
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- Snoodely

Poor choice of book - not what I expected.

Would you try another book from Harry Turtledove and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

Yes- it was just the subject matter of this one using magic that I disliked.


Would you ever listen to anything by Harry Turtledove again?

Yes - I have read many of his books and will do so again. I enjoy his alternate history books.


Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

The hero was believable and the Nazi theories about racial supremacy were true to form. . The Aryans were as mythology says they were.


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

Disappointment. From the title I had guessed it had something to do with the Roman Empire.


Any additional comments?

The novel relies on "magic" which I found less satisfying than Mr. Turtledove's other books. I am a scientist so I am understandably skeptical about the existence of magic.

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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios