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Fatherland Audio Cassette – Audiobook, May 18 1995


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  • Audio Cassette: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks (May 18 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856863247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856863247
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)


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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kev11sky on June 14 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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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By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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