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Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckerman, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds.

Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with time lines is more dangerous than they can imagine, and nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again.

©1996 Stephen Fry (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"The tensions and resolutions are intrinsically comic, made still more enjoyable by [Fry's] sinuous invention and cleverness at caricature." (Spectator

"Sprightly and entertaining." (Telegraph

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I've waited a long time

I adore this book, so clever and inventive.. The presentation here is wonderful, the mix of voices works superbly and the added sound effects are perfect...

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stick with it, it's well worth it.

Spent the first few chapters wondering what on earth was going on, but after a few chapters the story starts falling together into a fantastic, imaginative and thought provoking tale. Really glad I stayed with it.

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Time travel masterpiece

An excellent story showing Fry's deep understanding of history. Wonderful time travel adventure with lots of consideration of the repercussions of the alternate history created.

The book is structured in an odd fashion, and I felt like I wasn't following it properly quite often, but still enjoyable, and I think it warrants a second read/listen.

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Fry at his finest!

Wonderfully accessible story of time travel, destiny and love.
A magnificent production with Stephen's inimitable voice complemented by Richard E Grant.
Get it now!

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Surprisingly touching

*minor thematic spoilers*

Anyone who knows the work of Stephen Fry in any format will know what to expect of him - a competent and erudite wordsmith with a knack for flowing, elegant prose (if just a little lacking in conciseness) - and from this book I got just that. I expected an interesting historical fiction/sci fi novel with Fry's trademark dynamic and considered morality at its core, and a thorough examination of the complex interplay of history. What I didn't expect was a touching love story and an ending so full of hope in spite of its own inherent admission of the inevitability of evil in mankind.
Highly recommended.

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What if?

A marvellously well written and wonderfully told story, well it’s really 2 stories in one book so bonus points all around.
If you like history and the question “what if”, then you will enjoy this book.

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I want more!

You might think this is a classic"What if Hitler was never born?" but it's so much more! Stephen Fry is brilliant as always. Full of warmth, and heart, and poignant commentary on our society. Do yourself a favour and read it!

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I so enjoyed this book

I loved listening to Stephen Fry reading his own book, I love it when an author reads his own book, like Neil Gaiman. I'm not English, I'm Welsh but I did enjoy the quintessential ' Englishness' of it. I will make sure to watch out for any subsequent books

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Brilliant

I hesitated to buy this, because I wasn't sure I wanted to endure the roller coaster of a timeline-changing plot, but I'm so glad I took the plunge!

Stephen Fry's writing is outstanding, and the performance is excellent. I enjoyed the whole experience from beginning to end.

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Brilliant. Absolutely awesome.

Steven's wit and whirring mind have woven a tale that's full of surprises, with twists and turns, and an ingenious mix of factual history with detailed fiction that make this book impossible to put down.
Highly recommended.