The reader's mastery of the characters' accents really enhanced this book for me. British, Welsh, German, Russian and American were all clearly defined.
I grew to care about the characters to the point that they all seem like friends to me. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book so I can find out what happens to them.
There are too many to pick from...
No, at 30+ hours it's too long for that, but I definitely wanted to get back to it!
I highly recommend this book.
Worth the wait - I learned a lot! The narrator was amazing, I can't believe how many different accents he did.
Amazing historical fiction. The characters were well developed and story lines wonderfully intertwined. Could not put this one down. I wish the end was more than it was, but still very good.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
I didn't read the print version, so I can't really say for sure, but the narrator's performance was unbelievably good. His ability to use different accents and ways of speaking certainly made it more entertaining than if I had to do it myself in my head.
The character development & how the fictional story ties in effortlessly with history. I felt like I really got to know the characters on a personal level, even though some of them I didn't really like.
He is incredible! He puts so much inflection and emotion in his performances. He isn't just reading the book, he is telling you a story.
For me, it was Ethel. She came from nothing, and made a life for herself.
Ken Follett rocks!
The depiction of an important player in each country from 1914-1919 that helped develop our world's history through the course of World War I, The Russian Revolution, the Re-election of Wilson, and the fight for Women's Rights in Great Britain. Amazing!
I was always surprised each time Lev did something to get into trouble and always got off so easily.
Lenin returning to Russia from his exile in Germany.
Impossible although I would if I could!
I loved Ethel's character development and growth into an independent woman.
Satisfying, Enlightening, Engaging
Loved Ethel.....and Billie....like a parent having to choose, I just can't decide between them! They are both wonderful characters.
no.....not possible since it is 30 hours.
Another amazing Follett accomplishment. Even though this narration is 30 hours long, I hated to see it end and can't wait for the second in this trilogy. I have loved each of Follett's historical fiction masterpieces and am thrilled he has chosen a more modern subject. I love how he never seems to really take sides, presenting such a balanced and nuanced view of each issue. Highly, highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics, history, war, love....so just about everyone can find something to enjoy about this novel.
I just finished Herman Wouk's books on WWII (Winds of War and War and Rememberance) narrated by Kevin Pariseau and wanted to have a similar wonderful experience learning about WWI. The story was very good, lots of information, well presented (interesting) research, enjoyable writing style. Unfortunately narration was terrible. I wanted to hear the story but had to force myself to listen to the narrator. He read the story like it was a phone book. I understood every word but he brought nothing what was happening on the page. I would love to continue with this trilogy as it is released but if John Lee continues to narrate this will be the only one I listen to.
I recommend this book without reservation. The narration was fantastic and the story was quite engrossing.
The strong historical element interwoven with the main story.
Hare & There
This is a great listen for those who love long books, historical fiction and John Lee's rich interpretive reading. I give it two thumbs up. Loved it and learned quite a bit about the social and political developments leading to WWI and the Russian Revolution.