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.
I can't stop listening to these. I'm on my 3rd Ken Follet book narrated by John Lee, the standard by which all narrators should be compared, and I cannot help myself. After each book ended, I entered a profound state of depression--until I got my next fix.
Excuse my being flippant about drug addiction, but these audio books are so good, I can't think of a more apt comparison.
Compelling, Thorough and Surprising
It's difficult to select only one in 40 hrs of audio. The farcical trial of Billy Williams and masterful command of legal possibilities to achieve an end is one, as well as Gregory's shock and disillusion at a moment of helplessness after he has achieved so much. Another very special insight or revelation of another layer in a character is the little scene with Lev and the biggest sandwich in the world.
Follet does such a consummate job of drawing all his characters, that it's very hard to pick just one. They are all multi-dimensional and flawed -- heroic in one moment and petty the next. What is surprising is his ability to create strong and thoroughly believable female characters.
I always enjoyed Follet's political thrillers and was delighted to pick him up again in my favorite genre -- historical fiction. I didn't think I'd take to the early 20th century and WWI. Big surprise! I've taught social studies and only now do I feel I actually understand how the assassination of some foreign royalty in an insignificant country could have drawn the entire world into one of the most wasteful and pointless wars in history. By the time it is too late to end it, no one seems to know why they are fighting. I never knew that.
Absolutely, this book was recommended by my mother who also got me into Game of thrones so I figured I would give it a try. It started off slow and I was not really sure what to expect seeing as how I had just finished A Dance with Dragons but after the first couple of hours I was hooked it gives you a nice in depth look at life during the events of ww1 and afterwords
You get really hooked into the characters
without a doubt Billy with Jesus
Absolutely excellent book. Great characters, intertwining families, fast paced.
Penny Vincenzi's Fall of Angels series