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Making History

By: Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry,Richard E Grant
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Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckerman, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds.

Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine and nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again.

Making History is funny, moving, romantic and told with Stephen Fry's characteristic skill and brilliance.

©1996 Stephen Fry (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

'His best novel yet... an extravagant, deeply questioning work of science fiction' GQ

'Making History has the imaginative pull that keeps the pages turning while the tea gets cold and the cat gets the goldfish' The Independent

'Stephen Fry at his twinkling best' Sunday Times

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Plenty of waffle with worthy gems

I struggled immensely with the self indulgent writing style of Fry. I feel each character is in one way or another another version of him. He also tends to go on and has a rather tangential style.

So why did I read, finish and rate this reasonably well? inspite of the stylistic faults, there were some truly good moments between characters in the story. There was also a valiant effort to utilise time travel and history in a very un-scifi way in my opinion. This was a bit of fun and refreshing.

Sadly, as a lover, seeker and searcher of time travel fiction, this one doesn't make the recommendation list. perhaps it is that Fry just ain't my guy. Perhaps it's that two tangential minds that have the propensity to live on the extremes of mood and emotions, don't really fit. I've tried with you Stephen, I really have.

I hope my very own self indulgent review is of benefit to others, as it seethes amongst the ever dazzling 5 stars that people seem obliged to give a Fry creation. Still, read and decide for your self. I'm just one moody voice in timeless Ocean of many.

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If your desperate only

Good narration. However bored me to tears. Found it hard to invest in characters. Weak execution, with Fry's elitist showing off of interlect great put off.

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just awesome

What a great story, thoroughly enjoyable with an absolutely exceptional performance by both Stephen Fry and Richard E Grant, more please

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Fry Brilliance

Amazing performances and very solid story. Some descriptive passages were a bit long despite the beautiful wording. Enjoyable time with an audio book.

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It’s a Great story once it gets going.

Great story. Great plot. Great narration. What more could you ask for. Compulsive listening for long road trips!

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Entertaining and enjoyable

I enjoyed the story- a topic that has been theorised before, enjoyable and entertaining. Not as good as 'the stars tennis balls but still a solid book from SJF.
I really like the chapter title symmetry between books and liked the tag team ways of the performance. I did struggle with Richard E Grants performance as took a while to get used to his theatric delivery. I love anything read by Steven Fry- his voice, delivery etc is marvellous

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beyond predictable.

I chose it because Fry was the narrator, evidently someone's good narrators can read quite average books.

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Immersive and entertaining

A great book that had me gripped from the start, loved the ending and the narrators are excellent

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BRAVO!

A well thought out, rollercoaster ride of alternative history - very enjoyable listen, expertly read

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A change for the better?

Stephen Fry, well it must be good.
And it was.
It took a while to get into the two time frames, but once that was sorted it was a great, beautifully narrated yarn.
Cleverly weaving fact with fiction.

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