• Final Impact

  • Axis of Time, Book 3
  • By: John Birmingham
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the year 2021 a multinational fleet - experimenting with untested weapons technology - pitched through time, crash-landing in 1942. The world is thrown into chaos as Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, Tojo, and Stalin scramble to adapt to new, high-tech killing tools, and twenty-first-century ways of war.

For "uptimers" like Britain's Prince Harry and the men and women who serve aboard the supercarrier USS Hillary Clinton, war is a constant struggle with their own downtime allies, who are mired in ignorance and bigotry.

As the Allies counter the Nazi assault and set off for the coast of France, Japan begins to buckle, soon every battle will be played out in a lethal dance of might and intelligence, unholy alliances and desperate gambles, and each clash will be fought with the ultimate weapon; knowledge from the future.

Thanks to the historical records, all sides know that two superpowers will emerge, while the losers will be pounded into submission. But time has shifted on its axis, so none know who will survive, or how peace will take hold in a world turned upside down. These are the questions that John Birmingham brilliantly answers in his critically acclaimed adventure of war and imagination.

©2007 John Birmingham (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Very good Book

I really enjoyed it, very entertaining!!

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I noticed that the only reviews to his 2nd and 3rd books were by the same 2 people. Mr Birmingham’s politics are obvious and his love of liberals and other progressives permeates all of his books. Like all people of his ilk he has absolutely no idea of the proper use of power and force, and his disdain for the military shows through. He does not understand technology or what would be proper military tactics, but given his persuasion that is understandable. There is no way that his super force would do what it did with the 1942 navy, nor would our navy behave the way he has them doing. Not much of his reasoning makes sense which sets up the plot and builds on it for the rest of the book and series. I did read the all three books as I loved the premise but I cringed every time his biases cam through, which was ever few minutes. He is a typical left wing wacko.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This series was an excellent and quick read. Very good story from an alternate universe. I wish there had been an extra book in there as there was a lot of action between Book 2 and Book 3 that was only briefly talked about in Final Impact.

What did you like best about this story?

A different slant to World War II

What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that Mr. Snyder did a great job with the narration and characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of J. Edgar Hoover

Any additional comments?

Great series right up there with Harry Turtledove

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Would like to see it become a movie.

Completely enjoyed this series. Would like to have seen it as a movie would have been great a bit long of course but good. Well writen kept me looking forward to the next chapter and the ending covered the open details.

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F-bombs abound

I think anyone who has to spice their novels with so many F-bombs lacks sense. It gets boring.

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Final Impact

A great wrap to the trilogy by Birmingham. Great historic reality combined with just enough fantisy to keep you tied into the serious actual events and what could have happened if things were just a little off center.

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Very Entertaining

A nice finish to the trilogy. I understand there's another novella out there set in 1950.

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Brilliant narration of a good story

What did you love best about Final Impact?

Tight and wonderful live narration.

What other book might you compare Final Impact to and why?

The Morning star series

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Day by Day Armageddon. His dramatization was different in that book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Especially funny at unexpected times. Like Himmler cursing Windows File manager and cursing Bill Gates.

Any additional comments?

Hope Audible creates such wonderfully narrated books instead of messing them up.

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Entertaining Series

Enjoyed listening to the series. After growing up watching the movie "The Final Countdown", this series took that storyline all the way through WW2. It was fast paced and addictive. There were some big time gaps between books. Overall a entertaining fun trilogy.

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A great series.

I liked JB's Without Warning series so much that I decided to give these a try. Really great story and a cool premise. I thought he did a good job with the historical figures and has a good sense of the historical view of the strengths and weaknesses of each, as these are understood currently.

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