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Intersting idea boring book and not that bad audio recording,
By A Customer
This review is from: Fatherland (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
The idea is very interesting and with some imagination can take you in all directions. Unfortunatelly, this book doesn't do it for me. It describes the world after the germans had won the WW2 through a story of a murder of an ex government official. The detective story is daft and the characters wooden, boring and predictable. Oh yes, and the Holocaust viewed from an entirely different angle NOT! Saying all this the recording is good and if you liked the writen book you'll enjoy the audio too.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2008 18:42:21 BDT
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William J. Read says:
A realistic and effective, though brief, review. The review looks at the novel with open eyes, and does not (like almost all the reviews of the book itself) accept the tired cliches and stereotypical characters as being realistic and worthwhile. Fatherland is a mediocre effort, whether in print, on the screen or in audio, but sadly many are mesmerised by its implausible plot and characterisation. It goes without saying that all the "Nazi" characters are plain evil, and the rest are paragons of virtue. Let us hope that one day an author writes a novel depicting the "alternative history" of a German victory in 1945 as something other than an unmitigated disaster. No Korean War, no Vietnam war, no Arab-Israeli wars, no wars in Iraq and Afghanistan;the world would certainly have been different.
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