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
The story was great, the reader was extraordinary!!
Billy Twice, the story starts with him and ends with him, he is so brave and strong but really have no idea.
Gregory, just to hear what he really thinks and feels about how his life turned from what he had planned
Amazing read, great historical references and really touching personal lives. Never wanted to turn it off.
Avid Listener of Audible
Yes! Ken Follett's World Without End and the Pillars of the Earth were excellent reads.
No. Although I did not enjoy the book, the narrator was very good. I would have stopped reading if it weren't for John Lee.
Disappointment. I was hoping for a bit more. My mind drifted often. This type of content just doesn't thrill me. The interpersonal relationships were interesting however.
There is a lot to love about Fall of Giants. Several complex characters who's lives are intertwined in ways that are hard to imagine yet plausible set during World War I. All of this provides the backdrop to what is in a lot of ways an epic journey.
However Fall of Giants isn't without issues. First off the connection of the characters together at times feels a little hard to believe. Also the books pacing will test your patience. There are good chunks of the book that are setup for big events that at times don't live up to the tremendous amount of time spent building them up.
I have listened to John Lee before but I think he did a tremendous job in Fall of Giants. There are a multitude of characters to portray and he does a great job bringing all of them to life.
Fall of Giants is a slow burn and although it is a good book requires you to settle in for the ride. I am interested to see where Ken Follett takes the trilogy this fall in the second book. Which tells you at least it was good enough to make me interested in the next book.
Avid reader....... passionately addicted to Audible!
I struggled to get throught this book. Often times found myself drifting away from the narrator. I have read other Ken Follett books.....this just is not among his best.
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
One of the best audio books I've listened to. The narrator has incredible voice for every character with their corresponding accents. Very entertaining.
Many memorable moments as you learn from an engaging story the many events that contributed to WW1.
The accents of the different countrymen came alive with John Lee's narrative; something that would not happen if I were reading it.
Some very profound moments during mine disasters and war scenes. Touching and graphic.
Ken Follet does not disappoint in this exciting novel.
I would compare this book to Diana Gabaldon's historical fiction. The stories are equally as capitvating, however, the narration for Gabaldon's books leaves something to be desired here. There is no comparison to the narration of Davida Porter compared to John Lee. While Lee is good, Porter was out of this world. Porter's accents were a lot more believable than Lee's. That said, the book was still a really good listen.
Not necessarily, but I did not think I could commit to read this large book right now. The ability to listen while running, driving, etc. gave the audiobook the edge over the print.
The way the characters tied together and showed the many entanglements of WWI.
Maude (and Walter)
Not as good as Pillars or World, but really entertaining and educational.