I listen to approximately 25 hours per week and have downloaded over 400 books on Audible. Mostly I like mysteries, fantasy and scifi.
I originally read Fatherland, watched the movie and was excited to listen to it on Audible. The alternative history is so interesting and is a great backdrop for the murder mystery that is centerpiece of the story. If you like thrillers or murder mysteries, then give this book a try!
Exciting and full of rational twists and turns. Set in a post WWII Europe won by Germany where Hitler's domination and that of a bureaucratic nightmare is revealed and unwrapped. Highly recommended
As a student of history this book offers entertainment and a believable, indeed credible alternative to the actual conclusion, thank God it didn't happen but Fatherland offers a possible indeed likely scenario. Well written believable characters, a great read.
Plausible story, more of a crime story than a "what if" political story, but the scenario of the world as it would appear if Germany won the war adds an additional element of interest to the storyline.
Loved this book. As an alternative view of history, it presents a compelling story of how evil eventually undoes the powerful in the most unexpected ways. Hope that this one is made into a movie.
The touch of a "possible" historical background of Hitler winning WWII adds a new twist to this adventure. The characters are believable in Harris's style, and the narrator does a very good job. Just a fun mystery with some not so fun twists superimposed by Hitler's influences on Germany.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
As the title suggests, this listener had the feeling that this was a story about England under Nazi occupation. Well it isn't but it does look at the question of what Europe might have been like had the Corporal had his way. All in all not overly memorable but a good listen for all of that. 3 stars if you have no interest in theoretical history, 4 if you do.
I was surprised to be disappointed in a Robert Harris novel. I thought that the premise would make for a fascinating story, but Harris did not carry through with being very creative. Harris does show glimpses of brilliance, and I have enjoyed his writing skills in several other novels, but it took over half the book until the story became interesting. The premise is an alternate outcome to WWII -the Nazis have won Europe and are in a stalemate with Russia in the west. The US still nuked Japan and is in a M.A.D. situation with the Nazis, but supplying their enemies with supplies. So Harris essentially borrows the outcomes of the Cold War -not very creative. However, the story has very little to do with any of the premise. It moves into the idea that the world does not know the truth about the Holocaust, and the main characters discover the truth and want to reveal it. First of all, the truth about the Holocaust was known without the concurring of Germany and even before D-Day. Second, even under the M.A.D. doctrine, the Soviet Union still murdered tens of millions of unwanted people and the rest of the world did nothing about it. Therefore, even if the truth comes out, how would it have changed the diplomatic developments between Hitler or the Nazis and the Joe Kennedy administration of the US in this book? This left me wondering where Harris was going with the plot to reveal it to the world, and thus makes it seem as though the novel is unfinished. Really, though, this book is a love story in the midst of a repressive regime and the lovers try to find a way to freedom, but it could have been so much more interesting and creative if Harris tried to deal with some of the more important issues that could have developed if the Nazis really did triumph. If Harris only wanted to write about a love story in a hostile society, then he could have found some more compelling real stories from the Soviet Union, China, Cuba...etc. So in the end, the story did not have enough of anything that Harris brings up and I was left feeling unsatisfied. If you are a Robert Harris fan, and I am, then I think you should go ahead and read this book. If you have not read a Robert Harris novel, then you should try another one of his novels and come back to this one after a couple of other reads.
For those who are offended by strong language, this one should be avoided. In particular the F-word.