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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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Thought Provoking

Good story of what might have been. Very thought provoking and a reminder of what human beings are capable of.

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rich and scenic

loved it. vivid descriptions and fascinating details bring this novel to life. masterful use of suspense. immerse yourself in this alternative universe.

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Interesting and well performed

Was a bit unsure of where the story was going to begin with but really came together at the end, well worth sticking with

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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 .

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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!

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Reads like a vintage Le Carre

The alternate history only provides the platform on which is built an excellent story of subterfuge and pursuit. This is not a WWII novel- it is much more a Cold War novel of Le Carre - think of A Small Town In Germany. Jayston is terrific as always - and this is altogether a dark and thought provoking listen - particularly so in these dark times...

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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.

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Outstanding

Terrific story. Also, a valuable lesson in what the outcomes can be when a people embrace fascism.

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Brilliant in every way

This book is thrilling and exciting and had me gripped to the very end. Download this book, you’ll not regret it.

Michael Jayston’s narration adds so much to it as well. I’d listen to it all over again straight away, in fact I think I might.

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What if Hitler had won?

What a treat to read an old fashioned chronologically organised story. I have become really tired of the current fashion for butterfly books which flit flit flit. It was really satisfying to hear March tell his tale without having to work out the timeline or which narrator was in charge. These are definitely more confusing in audiobooks. The moment when Krebs understands the extermination programme was when I really saw how the people had been fooled. There's not much room for personal attachment in this book, you don't really mind what happens to the characters, it's a bigger picture story, but well written and interesting.

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Awesome! Completely gripped!

Loved this book. Jayston's reading brought life to every word. Every syllable of pain and terror so real, yet no drama in his voice. He let the power of the words ring in your ears. Must listen.