I am a sucker for a good historical novel that transports you back to the time period portrayed by the author. The balance of upstairs and downstairs characters negotiating life pre-WWI and into the war is most enjoyable. Can't wait to see how these characters develop over books II and III. The characters connections to the historical figures of the time are entirely credible and provides the reader with some insight into life at that time.
Mr. Lee narrates a great story,slipping between the male and female characters above and below stairs with great ease and seamless transitions.
Billie Williams is my favorite downstairs character and Walter Von Ulrich is the most interesting upstairs character because he challenges many of the expected behaviors for a man of his station in life.
John Lee's narrative captures the numerous accents and characters personalities worthy of a Oscar. The story holds your attention, but Mr. Lee doesn't allow you to break free from wanting to spend every free moment listening. If you wish to try using Audio Books, this one is a Must Listen. If your an old fan of Audio Books, your lIbary will not be complete without this book.
Yes, he is amazing. I am adding everything he had done that I can to my library. This is the best so far, numerous characters, wild range of voices and accents.
Yes, after I started listening. But not possible due to the length.
Fall of Giants is one of my favorite historical fiction novels ever.
I loved the various plots and characters that were so richly developed throughout the book. It really made me love and hate different characters along with the story line.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I don't know as I haven't read the print version. I would assume they are the same.
I can't think of one.
It's so hard to pick just one. I can only say which one I didn't like, which was Fritz. The characters were so vivid.
I would have to say when Billy was in the mine and his light went out. I could feel his nervousness, and imagine the sounds around him.
I can't wait for part 2 which comes out in September. I haven't found it in Audible under coming soon. I hope it will be available in Audio!
This book is a must read!
I read the book first and am now listening to it and waiting for the second book...love the characters and the story is interesting and historical at the same time.
Maude Williams was my favorite character because of her gumption in moving women forward in that time.
John Lee narrates the book so well and gives such feeling he makes me believe I am there!
I think when both Germany and England celebrated Christmas in no man's land was particularly good showing that both sides really didn't want the war in my opinion,
This book falls quite high up on my list. Not only because it is nice and long, but I enjoy that Ken makes each life interesting even though he wries an almost day by day account of their lives...ok, not quite, but sometimes it feels that way :-)
I have listened to many books on tape over the years and I like the fact that he handled so many different accents and made each person a noticeable person intead of just a bunch of voices.
The wings of Butterflies :-) or Ripples
There are so many ripples in this story...I love how they become interwoven.
I enjoyed this very much, though of course I will HAVE to listen to it at least 2 times more asI can't possibly remember all the lovely rich details and character for when the book 2 and 3 finally come out :-)
One of the best audiobooks I've heard. Follett has crafted an outstanding story with interesting, complex characters. The narration is pitch perfect.
Can't wait for books two and three.
Not actually read the written version but, I prefer audio to written version because I listen to them while I work driving a truck.
The actual story is very good as an audio book.
No one character was a favorite as all characters personal stories interacted to make the so tie and show the things happening at the time.
Over all performance was quite good and varying voices made the story come alive.
Yes, however the book was quite long and it took a few days to hear it all.
This book is interesting as it show the cruelty, arrogance, and the reason government are the way they are today. Well worth the listen.voices
Character development, historical information and realism of stories
The coalminers' explosion
Secret wedding ceremony between Maud and Walter and how they faced adverse consequences because of their nationality and familial objections.
Billy's willingness to stand up for her sister despite her sins and the live and compassion the Ken Follett developed between family members.
Loved it! This is a great add to every Audible collection.
My parents were born during the time period of the book, hearing about the world that they were born into was fascinating. If you want a good read or have some interest in history, this is one of the best books for making a run or long drive fly by! Logged a lot of miles on this one and all of them were enjoyable.
Story flowed so well
John Lee is so fun to listen too, you pay attention to the story. There have been others where I spent as much time thinking about the performer as the book. He made it come alive for me.
No question, Ethel William Lechworth