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Fatherland [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Robert Harris , Werner Klemperer
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May 18 1995 Bestseller Collection
Unveils the living nightmare of a world planned by the Nazis in reality, but never achieved. It illuminates the trail taken by the loner March, leading him to the discoveries of wartime corruption, Swiss bank vaults, love, danger, and - most terrifying of all - the black heart of the Nazi state.

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An eerie, detailed alternate history serves as the backdrop for this otherwise conventional crime thriller. The setting is Berlin, 1964, some 20 years after the Third Reich's victory in WW II. Germany and the U.S., the world's two superpowers, find themselves in a cold war resulting from a nuclear stalemate; but U.S. President Joseph P. Kennedy is soon to visit Berlin for an historic summit meeting with Hitler, clearing the way for detente. Meanwhile, cynical police detective Xavier March investigates the drowning of Josef Buhler, former state secretary in the General Government. When the Gestapo takes over the case--ruling it suicide--March continues his investigation at the risk of his life, uncovering a deadly conspiracy at the highest levels of the Reich. With the help of American reporter Charlotte Maguire, he finds hard evidence of the wartime extermination of Europe's Jews, a secret that Buhler and his colleagues have been murdered to protect. Of course March and Maguire fall in love along the way. Harris ( Selling Hitler ) generates little suspense in this tale beyond his piecemeal rendering of the novel's unusual historical setting. The characters are flat and the plot largely predictable. And readers may well question the taste of using the Holocaust as the point of departure for a rather insubstantial, derivative thriller. 75,000 first printing; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The year is 1964. The setting is Berlin. JFK's father, Joe Kennedy, is president. Edward VIII is king, Wallis his queen. Adolf Hitler is about to celebrate his 75th birthday. In this thriller with a twist, the stalemate which ended World War II has evolved into a cold war, not between the Soviet Union and the United States, but between the Third Reich and America. Police investigator Xavier March handles a case involving the death of a prominent Nazi, an apparent suicide. The trail leads to other suicides, accidental deaths, a numbered vault in Zurich, and a beautiful American reporter. March discovers the pattern behind the deaths and locates incriminating papers exposing the Holocaust, which, because Germany didn't lose the war, has been kept secret for 20 years. Harris, author of the nonfiction title Selling Hitler ( LJ 5/15/86), is clearly well versed in the operations and machinations of the Nazi regime. He uses this knowledge to create a realistic and frightening world in which we all could be living. Recommended. BOMC selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/92.
- C. Christopher Pavek, National Economic Research Assocs. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue décevante Aug. 22 2012
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Quelle intrigue décevante... avec une si bonne description et immersion de l'ambiance de surveillance constante, de dénonciation, de tromperie, le dénouement manque un peu d'imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate History, 1964 June 14 2003
This is a phenomenal work for a first-time novelist! The book shows the author's knowledge and study of the Nazi system from its inception in the early 1930's until its demise in 1945.
The story takes off on a tangent in which Hitler makes peace with Britain in 1941 or 1942 and later withdraws from France and the Low Countries in favor of his primary goal: "Drang nach Osten". Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, and the western heartland of Russia are conquered by the Wehrmacht. Leningrad and Moscow are taken. After the so-called "peace treaty" the British Crown and loyalists flee to Canada, as do DeGaulle and the French loyalists. North America is the only refuge for a non-socialist/non-fascist free Libertarian ideology which resists totalitarianism. Freedom of the Press still exists in the USA, in this version of 1964.
The Beatles are performing in Hamburg, but they are a bunch of decadent English drug-using musicians from Liverpool. Their music uses savage Negro rhythms. The Jews were relocated to the east, to work camps in eastern Germany and Poland. There was much turmoil in those early years (1940-1945). Who cares, anyway? That's all ancient history.
Anyway... if you want to read and think at the same time, this one is a good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enthusiastic Fiver Stars March 20 2011
By Natgeo
I give Fatherland an enthusiastic five stars and two very big thumbs up! I have read a lot of World War II novels, and a lot of alternate history novels, and this one stands at the top of both categories. I have read it three times and it is without a doubt one of my top five all-time favorite books.

The plot is relatively simple (though no less moving) in that it deals with events that we already know much about in this day and age. However, the main characters in this book feel like real people, and through their realistic actions and dialogue help to bring alive the dark alternate reality of Europe under Nazi rule. I found it particularly interesting that the main protagonist is an SS Kriminalpolizei officer: supposedly one of the baddies of history. But again, that's where Harris's skill comes into play, successfully separating the man from the uniform.

I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True thriller March 18 2010
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Alternate history provides the freedom to explore the possibilities of what could have been. Anyone interested in WWII and Nazi ideology will get right into this thriller. It has credibility and keeps building up the tension until the very last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is absolutely remarkable!!! April 23 2007
I have read this novel for the first time many years ago, and it had a profound impact on me. I re-read it a few days ago and the impact of this story on me was even grater than before. The plot, the characters, the setting, are so masterfully describe, as I turned the pages, it convinced me that I was inside the capitol of the Third Reich in 1960's. Naturally, this work is one of fiction, but it has something within it that makes it all too real and all to scary. In my humble opinion, this book is one of the masterpieces of the 20th century, a fictitious tale probing the inner sanctum of our minds. It demands of the reader to figure to answer the question "What if?" But it also points the reader to find the answer within, within the concrete walls of our minds.
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Format:Audio Cassette
The audio cassette reading of this abridgement of _Fatherland_ is read by two-time Emmy Award-winning Werner Klemperer (who won twice for his portrayal of Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the former Television show, "Hogan's Heroes.") His fluency with the German language makes one feel as is one is in the middle of Germany right along side the detective Xavier March, the main character of the story.
I thought that perhaps the alternate history component of the novel--namely, that Germany won World War II--would be a larger part of the story; however, the murder mystery actually has its origins in the 1930s, during the rise to power of Hitler. As March uncovers clues spanning three decades--the action takes place in the mid 1960s--one feels linked not only to the story itself, but the days of a horrible past gone by.
One such clue is a series of diary entries by a visitor to one of the concentration camps the Germany ran to destroy the Jews. The reading of the diary sneaks up on the listener and suddenly the listener is aware that this novel isn't just fiction, but contains a chilling historical account of the life and death of the victims of the Jewish Holocaust by Nazi Germany.
Toward the end of the novel one genuinely wants Marsh and his investigative reporting American ally to succeed in their efforts to uncover the conspiracy and bring the truth to the world. If they succeed it would bring this alternate history closer to reality--in that the real world knows what actually happened to the Jews, that they had not just "disappeared" as this alternate world believes.
The running time of this audio abridgement is three hours. I wish it had run longer as I was hooked into the plot and characters by the novel's end.
I highly recommended this story, but for mature listeners only. This story contains foul language (in English and German!), as well as graphic descriptions of violence and death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Around Great Story
Hey, wait a minute, am I confused or did somebody write a dark, spooky alternate history novel that can actually claim to be at the same level as Gorky Park? Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by John G. Hilliard
3.0 out of 5 stars Stale Land
The first 50 or so pages were great!
But then, it started to feel more like a history lesson. There was really no reason why it had to take place in a gigantic Nazi state. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2002 by John Marsten
5.0 out of 5 stars Speer's Metropolis
Seeing as WW2 was such a damn close run thing, it's not surprising that there are very, very many "what if" books speculating on the alternative outcomes. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Matherson
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant concept.
Brilliant. No, not the plot, which is certainly above average, but mostly typical of a good suspense thriller. What's brilliant about Robert Harris' "Fatherland" is the concept. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Godly Gadfly
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I am still trying to absorb everything that this book had to offer: a murder of two very high ranking political officials, art fraud, government cover-up, betrayal & a little... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2001 by Jodi
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Reminder Of What Might Have Been
Robert Harris is one hell of a writer, who certainly knows his stuff and has researched meticulously for this novel, which is both scary and an interesting alternative history. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Ken Searle
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpraised
Fatherland is overpraised as a work of alternate history, but is still a good yarn. I was disappointed largely because Harris seems less interested in his setting -- Berlin in... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2001
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