Fatherland has many great elements rolled into one: It's a great police mystery; a riveting thriller; and a fantastically detailed alternative history. Anyone familiar with the social history of Nazi Germany or the city of Berlin will get kicks a-plenty from the detail in Rober Harris' creation of a 1960s Third Reich.
Also of great note is the narrator, Michael Jayston, who provides an excellent reading of the book as always. He seems particularly suited to these kinds of thrillers, and throws in great accents to help colour in particular characters alongside his straight reading of the text. A pleasure to listen to.
The book charts a course through JFKs life, picking out many of the elements for which he was so famous and elements not so famous that hold relevance towards his untimely death. I felt that the various strands the book picked up - such as his relationship with singer Frank Sinatra to the falling out between various factions of government following the Bay of Pigs - weaves a story of a man with many enemies, explaining why that came to pass.
Yet, in telling the story of his death the book plays it straight. It's not for it to pick a winner among conspiracy theories (or none); rather, it outlines a picture of Kennedy's life from which you may draw conclusions, ranging from conspiracy to plain old law of diminishing numbers - with enough enemies, something was bound to happen in the end.
I came to the book knowing quite a bit about JFK, but I learned quite a bit more around the colour of the man. The audiobook is well narrated and paced, and even though one knows the tale quite well it brings you to an emotional climax.
I would consider another book by them, with some careful research and after reading further excerpts
The book carries some very interesting stories of some very fascinating companies. However I got the sense of it being more of an
The performance was fine, clear and with an excellent pacing.
I wouldn't agree with nearly everything Clinton has to say, but this is a well reasoned and debated set of proposals and arguments. He sets out his stall clearly and there is something for everyone to chew over, even if only to acknowledge the problems that exist rather than agree with all of his proposals to fix them.
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