• Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-29-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House.
Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country.
Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men… At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story, with Dominion C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.
©2012 C. J. Samson (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
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Critic Reviews

"An absorbing, thoughtful, spy-politico thriller set in the fog-ridden London of 1952. Not, however, the year as it is usually remembered . . . What if, in 1940, Lord Halifax became prime minister instead of Churchill? Part adventure, part espionage, all encompassed by terrific atmosphere." ( Marcel Berlins, The Times)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By P on 01-31-14

Worth a listen

What made the experience of listening to Dominion the most enjoyable?

Good scene setting and thoughtful character development. Good fictional account of an alternative ending to the second World War.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Chelle on 07-04-18

Alternate history, accurate profanity

Alternate WWII history. Lots of references to New Zealand in this book. The story started out rather interesting, though I ended up skipping and jumping ahead through the book trying to avoid some of the less-than extras which detracted from the enjoyment for me. So I skipped to the last chapter - snort n grin - which I think must the worst run of profanity in it.
Sansom includes lots of lengthy conversations in this book – some which didn’t really need to feature (David’s SIL and her husband). The prologue was a less than tie up of the story.
Adult content with lots of profanity (hard to skip over on an audio) F-bombs and the c-word, which is also used in reference to a prostitute. Meh!

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 11-21-12

Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

Just wanted to say, this is my first C.J Sansom book and certainly not my last. What a great listen and very well narrated by Daniel Weyman, who's dulcet voice and diverse range of accents, settles you perfectly into the mood of the story. Set in an alternative historical Post-WWII 1950s period, Great Britain by then had made a truce with Nazi Germany. This ended the war prematurely by 1940, turning the British government into a anti-Semitic, fascist regime under the German 3rd Reich control. Yet somehow the novel doesn't come across as a yawnful 'Period' piece novel. It has a modern contemporary flow about it which is so much easier on the ear. Dominion is certainly one of my favourite, and most exciting books i've listened to in a long time and recommend this to anyone who likes a good atmospheric spy thriller! Should be made into a film in my opinion! Good job C.J Sansom!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 10-07-15

Genuinely inventive!

Dominion, such an apt title. A cleverly crafted "What if" scenario that came so close to coming to pass. This is a genuinely intelligent book that pits known characters from history into this alternate reality alongside the main protaganists. It's a supremely atmospheric book that very quickly draws you into its rather uncomfortable world.

It's also a very decent thriller once you make the shift to the altered state of history. with good narration from Daniel Weyman to complete the package.

A thoroughly recommended departure from the norm. A book that will make you think because only by a small margin was this seemingly unthinkable scenario in Britain avoided.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvonne on 06-20-18

Aternative History

What would happen if appeasement happened at the start of WW2. Fantastic read. Very plausible.

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