Homeward Bound : Colonization

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • Series: Colonization
  • 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Jaime

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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- Daniel Beck "Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio