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Fatherland Audiobook

Fatherland

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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth - a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history

©1992 Robert Harris (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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    carrosvoss 31/07/2015
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    "Formidable story, gripping and frighteningly realistic"

    I remember seeing a movie about alternative history, world in which Germany won the war and Hitler triumphed with his sick ideas and philosophy. Great Reich without Poland, Russia, Baltic States and all other Slavic countries. And without Jews.
    Now I found a book on which that movie was based. And the story is much more terrifying and only now I realise that movie didn't do it justice.
    Germany 1960s. Grey world full of uniformed people, buildings bigger and talked then anywhere else and in their shadows police investigation. One corpse leads to another, and another, and another. An American journalist, an officer of SS, friends, traitors, corruption, betrayal, death. And at the fringes, slowly coming to the front, dug out from the past the terrible truth: what has happened to all the Jews from Europe.
    Gripping. And terrifyingly good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maintenon 21/01/2017
    Maintenon 21/01/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Just brilliant"

    It's a Saturday afternoon; the chores remain undone, my stomach is empty, the cat is furious and I really don't care. Just couldn't stop listening - or towards the end, shouting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 16/02/2016
    Victoria 16/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    loved the story but really needed fleshing out the plot and characters just that bit more. Still a great listen though

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    A. Woodhouse Lancashire England 30/07/2015
    A. Woodhouse Lancashire England 30/07/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Utter brilliance"

    An amazing story ,set in an alternate chilling history. The depth of characters and the descriptive settings really do conjure up a frightening alternate Europe, with Berlin being the jewel in the crown of nazi germany that is desperately trying to rewrite the past . If you like your history and fancy a twist that is not to farfetched then this is the book for you .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hamish Oxford, UK 03/05/2016
    Hamish Oxford, UK 03/05/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the counterfactual I'd been hoping for"

    The strapline for this novel "What if Hitler had won?" is misleading. I bought this hoping that it might be a counterfactual or work of speculative fiction such as Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich, or the grandfather of all speculative fictions George Orwell's 1984, or even something like Time And Again by Ben Elton. Each of these deals with that "What if...?" question thoroughly and in a way that makes it the focus of the narrative. In Fatherland, we get a half decent whodunnit that just happens to be set in a post WWII Germany where the Nazi's had won. Not enough of what that would have meant to Europe and the rest of the world was explored. There were some nods to the relationship a victorious post-war Germany might have had with other governments, but these were incidental to the plot. To have lived up to the premise, these would have needed to have been explored in much more depth. Basically, this story could have been set in Germany during the war, or in any despotic surveillance society in the present (think N Korea, China, Thailand) and remained essentially unchanged. So, for a politically tinged crime thriller, it's an ok read. For a meditation on what might have become of Europe and the world had Hitler indeed won, this fails to live up to the advertising.

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    "Nail biting till the end"

    Well plotted thriller with unusual setting. A warning from history to all middle of the road voters of the risks they take voting with or for right wing extremists as the German population did voting for Hitler in 1933. Effectively we rescued them from living with their mistakes long term but this book gives a taste of what might have been if we had not succeeded. Brexit voters beware of right wing extremists!

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    Michael Gough 03/05/2017
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    "Fact in fiction"

    Robert Harris at his best. At the heart of this thrilling detective story is an alternative world in which Germany had won the war. There is also a well documented historical truth.

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    John McCluskey 17/02/2017
    John McCluskey 17/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I Wanted it to be Better"
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    The book started well but kind of lost its way. I hung out to the end rather than enjoyed the experience.

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    jorge 04/01/2017
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    "brillante"

    brilliantly written book, the narrator also does a good job! had me hooked from the beginning of the book, if you have an interest in Nazi Germany you will enjoy this book.

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    James 02/12/2016
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    "Fine"

    A decent journey to be sure, often interesting and gripping at times, but it's a film noir story and suffers from the sameness of the genre; fine, but nothing to write home about

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