• Gray Tide in the East

  • An Alternate History of the First World War
  • By: Andrew J. Heller
  • Narrated by: Christopher M. Walsh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

August 1, 1914, Berlin: Kaiser Wilhelm II cancels the German invasion of Belgium over the objections of his generals, sending his armies east against Russia instead of west to France, and sets off a chain of events that will radically change the course of modern history.

Gray Tide in the East is the best-selling counterfactual history of the First World War, if the Germans had not invaded Belgium in 1914 and thereby brought Great Britain and, eventually, the United States into the war. The carefully researched story is told by a host of real historical figures both famous (William Jennings Bryan, Winston Churchill) and obscure (Albert Dawson, Joost van Vollenhoven) and spans the globe from Washington, DC to Hanoi, from bloody battlefields to the secret chambers of diplomats.

©2017 Andrew J. Heller (P)2018 Andrew J. Heller

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Exceptional writing and brilliantly narrated

The tenor and tone of this novel kept me intrigued through the entire book. The narrator did a fabulous job with numerous accents that did not distract from the content. In a word BRILLIANT!

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What if?

Alternate history makes a great story line! And this book is first rate. The author created this believable "what if" and follows thru that changed decision and the results.
The narrator is good and very believable he conveys this alternate like it is how it happened.

The audiobook is an amazing listen - if you like historical fiction then this is a must.
And I will find more from this author to read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Fun alternate history

Would you listen to Gray Tide in the East again? Why?

I don't normally listen to audio books more than once, but if I did, I would consider listening to this one. It was a lot of fun.

What did you like best about this story?

I guess the juxtaposition of Germany not invading Belgium, thus keeping Britain out of the war, to be an amazing premise. I don't think that Britain would sit out of a massive war on their doorstep but it is plausible and would change the course of history.

What about Christopher M. Walsh’s performance did you like?

Mr. Walsh has a voice like velvet. His reading and tone bring these characters to life. I find his reading to be highly entertaining . I would like to hear more of his body of work!

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An historical essay

This reads like a documentary. It covers facts, it gives military analysis- right down to the thickness of the armor on the hulls of different ships. It has battles but it has no action or drama. There aren’t any actual characters to cheer for or against.

If you’re into historical documentaries and have wondered what if... then this is your book. If you were expecting a fictional thriller with plot snd action and villains or a protagonist... you will be disappointed. As I was thinking it would be the latter...

The narrator is well suited to the documentary style, but that only compounded my disinterest.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a review.

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what if Germany had not invaded Belgium

Please, please let me know if there are other alternate history, or historical fiction novels setbduring The Great War. I thought enjoy this title. Excellently done!

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SUPERB!

Beautifully written, exquisite detail, impressive research, and one of the more thought-provoking books I have read in recent years.

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Not really my cuppa tea

I couldn't keep up with the story line, sadly it didn't entrance me the way I had hoped. But I am sure others will enjoy it.

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  • John Marsden
  • 07-26-22

Interesting

A very interesting story about what might have happened if.... The Kaiser Wilhelms German troops went West and thus started World War 1, one of the bloodiest wars in history, but what if they had gone East? This is a most interesting listen.
Highly recommended.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the publisher and leave this honest review.

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  • Jacky
  • 02-07-21

An alternative view of the war very interesting

I enjoyed this alternative view of the war it was quite intriguing and as a person interested in WW2 was interesting to get the view from a different angle, narration was very good and informative

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  • Ian
  • 06-21-20

What if 1914

I've always been fascinated by what if....
World War one changed everything it comes down to Belgium in that the UK joined in the war because of treaty with Belgium and if Germany had not invaded we would have had no reason to join the war.
This take on what would have happened was very well done and believable well wouth listening to.

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  • Rayc
  • 05-23-20

Probably the best

Gray Tide in the East.
Probably the best alternative history I've ever read.
Put together in a concise and entertaining way.
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