- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks (1 Nov. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185686569X
- ISBN-13: 978-1856865692
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,620,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Fry at his twinkling best" (Sunday Times)
"His best novel yet ... an extravagant, deeply questioning work of science fiction" (GQ)
"A sci-fi comedy that is also a time-travel thriller, constantly topical and always surprising... packed with the author's personal enthusiasm and hatreds, the former red-hot and the latter icy-black" (Literary Review)
"A powerful imaginative pull that keeps the pages turning while the tea goes cold and the cat gets the goldfish" (The Independent)
"A sprightly and entertaining read" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A novel of ideas – comical, historical, frightening and unputdownable. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I must admit, it took a few pages before I got into the story, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading it! This story is written in Stephen Fry's usual witty, rambling way, yet still manages to be a gripping read. The story's concept is that of an alternative present-day life brought about by the non-existance of Hitler. However, the way in which Fry blends events of a 'changed' history with those taking place in an alternative present, makes for a thought-provoking read. I found that I couldn't wait to find out the changes that had occurred as a result. A refreshingly different, non-boring way of learning modern history - great stuff!
Really, would life be better if Hitler did not exist? "Making History" says that if Hitler had not risen to power, someone else would have. And if not him, then who? Someone who would use his power better, or worse? The same situation had existed in Europe at that time, whether Adolf Hitler had been born or not.
Besides the questions that arise in the reader's mind, this book has much more of interest to it. Stephen Fry has an amazing ability to turn absolutely terrible situations into laughable comedy scenes, from being left by a girlfriend, to a battle in World War I. From there he can take his humor and disperse it, such that intensity, suspense, and drama are still brought into effect.
The characters are strange but interesting. The young Englishman, Michael, seems to dislike American styles of living, while at the same time he adopts their words and language. He tries perhaps too hard to be cool, but at the same time he truly is himself. His girlfriend, who is intolerable of just about any nonsense, a character who cannot be lured into making herself ever look stupid or foolish, seems much the type of girl Michael is likely NOT to be with.Read more ›
The story is an extremely well thought through peice of sci-fi working around the old question of whether or not it would be justifiable to kill Hitler before he had a chance to commit his attroticies. There's a good understanding of history present here though and Fry avoids over simplifying his portayal of the people and the time, in fact lending the whole thing a great deal more complexity then most writers would have. The principle character is very relatable, he's sympathetic for all the same reasons as a Douglas Adams character but is very much Fry's creation and a protagonist who the reader can't help but like.
The story has enough thematic intricacies and philosophical questions to keep hardcore sci-fi fans satisfied but remains highly accessible throughout and as such never excludes the reader regardless of their personal taste and preferences.
This is an inventive little sci-fi adventure that should keep both newcomers and stalwart fans of the genre entertained for all of it's pretty considerable length. Definitely one to check out if you get the chance.
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I was told by a mate to read this, as I loved Timur Vermes' "look who's back" and it has the same theme, and how much I like Stephen Fry, I struggled to finish the 1st... Read morePublished 11 days ago by C. Schaars
I really struggle to write reviews on fiction books as I don't want to give the plot line away to anyone thinking of buying it themselves - that would be a bit like just telling... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Angie
Wasnt the best book for Kindle as could not easily page through. Interesting but not much info on each statePublished 5 months ago by Mrs. A. J. Harris
This book, for the most part, is genius and expertly paced with memorable characters, a compelling and original plot and laughs aplenty. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samingo