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Weapons of Choice

Axis of Time, Book 1
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Series: Axis of Time, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The impossible has spawned the unthinkable. In 2021, a quantum military experiment goes horrifically wrong. A multinational taskforce of ultramodern warships is suddenly transported back in time to 1942...right into the path of the US naval battle group bound for Midway Atoll.

History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters.

Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand - each hoping to tip the balance with a fist full of 21st-century firepower. What happens next is anybody's guess - and everybody's nightmare.

©2005 John Birmingham (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great story, wierd accents

loved the story and will be getting the 2nd book directly. The general naration was great and read in a strong easy to listen to voice. The only thing that let the recording down was the accents. In particular the supposedly Australian and British voices, they are so bad as to be funny in what apart from an underlying cheekyness is not supposed to be a comedic novel. Would still thourougly recommend both the story and recording

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Some awful accents detract from the story

Most of the time, the narrator is pretty good, but some of his accents are awful. I know the Australian accent can be tough for some people, with an Australian author you are going to have a lot of Australian listeners and I found it painful to listen to. I eventually almost got used to it, but it detracted from what is a great story.

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great story but the narrator let's it down, please stop trying to do an Aussie accent, you just sound like a chipmunk in a blender. many of my family died in Changi prison. Please learn to pronounce it correctly, I found that disrespectful AF.

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TERRIBLE!

please re -record with someone else. these accents are ABYSMAL! I cant even push through chapter 1. and I've listened to Stephen king narrate his own books... this is bloody awful!

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Painful on the ears

Please, please do not attempt accents unless they are realistic. Agree with others, this should have been corrected before release as it detracts from an otherwise good story.

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Good story, poor narration

A pretty good story, but the narrator drove me nuts with his accents. For a book with so many Australian characters in it , the producers stuffed up with their pick of narrator.

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Excellent story

The start of a fantastic series, highly recommended. Absolutely first rate riveting story. I couldn't put it down. I really like the central premise of the time traveling fleet. The action sequences were tense and suspenseful even and the writing is tight. While the narration was good he did have trouble pronouncing Tobruk, Alamein, Changi, Sevastopol and feral - I wish someone had corrected him.

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Fabulous

A great book lots of action to keep the interest. i want more! NOW please.

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  • Andy T
  • 18-08-2017

Worst. Narrator. Ever.

Purrlease, Audible! Why would anyone who had ever heard an English accent, or an Australian accent, or a woman's voice, contract Mr Snyder to read this apparently interesting book? Seriously, I truly believe I could have done a better job myself. Since when did Britain's royalty speak in Estuary English?
This will be the first book I've ever tried to return as unlistenable. Truly atrocious!

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  • Micky the Ring
  • 28-04-2017

What a dreadful narrator!!!

I've been waiting for years for these books to come on the audio market, the story is a real boys own adventure, but why have they got this narrator, when he's doing an American character it's ok but when he try's a female one
It's laughable, a female British voice is dreadful, a female Australian voice OMG talk about Dick Van Dyke in Mary poppins.
It's a real shame they've really missed a trick here.
I still bought the trilogy through as I love JB's work.

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  • Mr C.
  • 26-08-2019

Mary Poppins at war ?

really enjoyed this as a book a few years ago. but the narrators attempts at both British & Australian accents nearly made me vomit ! somehow, a female Dick Van Dyke seems to have joined a British crew. as such it was rendered as unlistenable !

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  • Johhnyh
  • 24-09-2018

Great story, absolutely awful narration.

I've read these books before and loved the story. Thought I'd give the audio book a listen.....big mistake. Imagine Dick Van Dyke's chimney sweep from Mary Poppins narrating and you're coming close to how appallingly, toe curlingly bad the narrator's accents are. Unlistenable, avoid.

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  • Not a Walter
  • 17-05-2017

Good book spoiled by narrator

I've not taken much notice of reviews to date but oh do I wish I had. Good story but shocking narration. The female characters are poor, as are British and Australian accents - so poor that the book is unlistenable - apologies to author but it just doesn't work

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  • Nick Gilbert
  • 30-08-2020

interesting concept but an awful narration

I genuinely believe I wasted my credit getting this. the story is intriguing but when you listen, you realise that the characters are simply one dimensional. if this isn't bad enough, the narration is awful. the narrators own accent is ok but when he tries any other than American, it's painful to listen too. in short, I'm giving up on it and am going to try and get my credit back

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  • Smee
  • 09-03-2020

How to ruin a good story

The book of this is very good, in fact it's probably the strongest of the trilogy. The story is still there in this audio book but it's too difficult to listen to. I'm sure Jay Snyder is a nice person, but maybe needs to find something other than bad voices to do in a performance. I really would have preferred a monotone rather than being snapped out of the story by an impression of an English female captain (Halabi) that is nothing short of terrible! No wonder he goes by at least 8 different names (wikipedia)! Sorry but this is a must miss, unless there is an alternative version from 80 years ago..

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  • Harry Dowdeswel
  • 22-01-2020

Good story, terrible performance

As others have said the accents are awful, the American performer Synder can only seem to do American accents. His English accent tends to be as someone else has said, like Dick van Dyke, cringy bad. His Scottish is awful too. His Welsh is the worst impression ive ever heard is so bad its not even funny. His Australian is really poor. His German is ok but kind of makes me think of mustache-twirling villains whilst hes doing some of them. The way he says Hawai is really irritating, i know its probably how its pronounced by the natives but I doubt Synder is from Hawai, not like we call Germany; Deutschland. Why would they hire a person who cant do 50% of the accents is beyond me and have to take a lot of the blame for this, and to be honest the writers (Birmingham) take on how people from the UK speak is about 30 years out of date and taken from a sitcom or something. Which is a shame because after listening to all of them I enjoyed the story quite a bit. P.S. Julia Duffy is really annoying throughout and including John F. Kennedy I thought was shoehorned and stupid.

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  • Simon Grrrr
  • 26-03-2020

Part of a yarn

I enjoyed the book. Good story well written and, considering the subject, believable. it's well read but the accents made me smile. The British accent was like Dick Van Dyck in Mary Poppins. it didn't spoil it though. It's part of a series so be ready for it to stop in the middle, leaving you bereft until you get he next book. Which I did, so take that as a recommendation.

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  • Mike
  • 26-07-2017

Good time travel book

Would you consider the audio edition of Weapons of Choice to be better than the print version?

I have all three of the audio books in this series and got through the them in 1 week.Te way the story develops is well paced and you get a good feel for the story. The way the groups in the books play off against each other is well thought out and the action is exciting. The way the futuristic weapons are used and historical characters portrayed is believable.