Homeward Bound

Written by:
Harry Turtledove
Narrated by:
Patrick Lawlor

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2011
28 hours 30 minutes
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 twenty-first 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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An interesting conclusion to both trilogies. However, I was left with more questions than answers after all was said and done. In the end, the government not wanting Sam Yeager to return, then still holding the grudge against him once he returned to the new world that he no longer had a place in, It was odd. Also the final call from the 'Lizard" at the consulate made no sense except to say Sam showed that he still had loved his country. That however didn't say much as it had been apparent throughout all the novels that he had loved his country. Harry Turtledove could have gone tied up more loose ends in my opinion but in the end was just rushing the ending to finish the story. A good story but a bit disappointing. What ended up with Mickey and Donald after leaving Johnathan's house and Karen telling Donald off? Who knows... it was the end of the story. Over all a good story but it could have been better. The narrator was never as good as the narrator for the first three books.

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