The story is very well crafted; the intertwining story lines, connected with the real, historical narrative are wonderfully entertaining and enlightening. The reader is adept at the many accents the story requires (Welsh, upper class British, German, Russian, American), but his reading is often stilted.
Billy Twice, because of the growth he shows over the years.
He often sounds a bit like William Shatner in his reading style: a bit pompous, a bit stentorian and a lot stiff. His accents were great, however.
Great story, good reader; don't let his style deter you; the story is captivating.
Own a small business and took up listening to books so I could multi-task. Am now hooked and only read when I can get whisper-sync.
Ken Follet never fails to deliver. This book takes you into the lives of the giants of the era and those that serve them. Wonderfully written, powerfully told, and narrated masterfully. I could go on and on about this book, but I won't because that would give it away. You Must Listen to this one! Going for the second on now. Can't let these characters go.
Accent shifts muddled; hard to follow characters. Welsh accent particularly drove me crazy. Narration was too singsongy.
Hugely disappointing. Just couldn't stay with it after about 6 hours. Characters are 1-dimensional. Pacing too slow.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Ken Follett writes “Fall of Giants” with Charles Dickens’ coincidence, Dumas’ flare, and Mantel’ historicism. In listening to John Lee’s skillful narration, one becomes witness to an interpretation of great moments in the history of WWI. “Fall of Giants” is a painless way of learning something about history.
Follett explains in an interview that “Fall of Giants” follows reported history with interludes of real and fictional conversations about historic events. In some cases, historic figures are a part of the story; in others, fictional characters talk about historical events in imagined social or political meetings.
Follett completes this first book of a trilogy with the appearance of Hitler when the Nazi party fails to overthrow the German government in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch . Each of the families has children that extend these five societal families through 20th century history. Follett offers a painless method for learning something about the history of the 20th century. Follett’s trilogy may not be a perfect factual report of 20th century history but no history, of any time, has ever been precise. Follett successfully offers painless history, wrapped in fiction, about WWI’s beginning, end, and future consequence.
I love how Ken Follett gives you a day in the life type story. You feel like you are part of a small community.
It jumped around between characters a bit much, so at times it seemed a little hard to follow.
Didn't overact the parts.
I usually really enjoy this author's books, but this one just didn't work for me.
Follet is a longtime favorite author; however, Fall of Giants didn't live up to my expectations. John Lee, on the other hand, is exceptional so I'll still get around to the next installment.
pretty much everything
If you love twentieth century historical novels this one is a great read, great narration, I've learned a lot, question whether the history is slanted by socialist views of the author. this will stir me to do further research
Being used to long books from Diana Gabaldon, this tale was a treat. The characters were delightful and varied. They easily fell into their roles of good person vs. bad. Truthfully, it was not confusing at all going around the entire cast, although at times I got bored with one set over another.
Narration was spectacular!! Accents were clearly differentiated as were genders. Probably the only thing I did not understand was the "chapter numbers" announced. I guess not having a hard copy was an issue as I would have checked them periodically, but that was not possible when listening.
Regardless, I have already got the the second in the series and anxiously await the final volume in December.
I was a big fan of Follett's Pillars of the Earth trilogy which gave you a big dose of history along with fantastic character stories. While Fall of Giants gave you great insight into life and events during that period, the character stories were sorely lacking. I found that I just didn't feel connected to the characters or really care what happened to them. My only other complaint was that it was just too long. A little editing would have helped here. It dragged on at times and became quite boring. At one point, I almost gave up on it. Overall, a very interesting and informative historical piece, but don't expect much from the characters.
I recommend this book becasue the author has a good story to tell and knows how to tell a story.
The narrator is great at seperating the characters.