Yes, and I have. I really enjoy the characters and they come to life in the voices that John Lee gives them. It is nice to get down to the real history behind the first world war and learn more from the characters rather than a history book's couple pages or paragraphs.
Ethel - because she is so real and feisty, an early mover and shaker, passionate. I love her Welsh accent that John Lee provides.
The characters jump off the page with their voices and personalities, rather than just being a flat page you turn.
Ethel for the above reasons or brother Billy, again, just to hear them speak.
Love the book and can hardly wait to read the second one.
I learned a lot about WWI. My main criticism is the book went back and forth between war and sex in too simplistic a way.
I think he did a good job with most.
I really like the idea that Ken Follet has taken on the amazing task of trying to to capture the historical 20th century in a readable narrative through characters that are supposed to be reflective of the times and attitudes.
Even though there are many good parts of the book, there were a couple things that really
kept it from being wonderful.
Unfortunately, Mr. Follet ( or his editors) seemed to include formulaic "stuff" that detracted from what could be an excellent series.
The book seemed to jump from chapter to chapter.
First, the history chapter-
I often had to re-listen to these chapters because of the historical significance and interest ( it almost felt like he buzzed through those those parts even though it is obvious he has researched in depth and has good background info about political, Economic, and sociology, etc . of the times.
Second, we had chapters that developed characters from different backgrounds and plots that showed how their lives intertwined and daily life from their perspective.. The characters are very interesting. They give a very good "feel" for the times.
Then, we have chapters or parts if chapters that, I guess, are for the bored or to satisfy our desire to know how they ever had sex with all the mores of the time and all the clothes they wore. So there were many well described sexual encounters that made sure we all knew that even in the early 1900's young ladies, even the upper crust were quite good at "blow jobs" . In fact it appears that most women in that period were "liberated and forward" enough to "want sex" and that men were "able" to find all the "right" parts on the ladies and to ensure procreation of the species. I guess, if somehow we got bored by the history or the characters....we would just get "in bed" With them and see how they "did it" ...and we managed to jump into a lot of beds with a lot of "frisky" women. No dull "shrinking violets".
So we had a chapter on really good history of times that seemed to be rushed and
Loaded with info, a chapter or two devoted to the development of the characters and their stories which helped explained everyday life. Then an often graphic chapter devoted to their sexual lives. To me, that just caused it to become disjointed and a bit hard to follow despite a lot of very good parts.
I guess I was spoiled by Herman Wouk's "Winds of War" and "War and Remebrance"
And wish Ken Follet and his publishers had taken more time to develop and intertwine
The information...I am sure some people reading would find it dull without the graphic
Sexual encounters but, at a certain point, I began to find them a bit ridiculous and redundant...all you had to do was fill in different characters names and you had a new chapter.
Since This book and series has so much good and all I can see is the potential for real excellence, I am a bit disappointed. I think it has been spoiled by the "need to publish" and the desire to pander To "what sells"... But silly me!
Am a huge LOTR & STAR WARS fan that love to listen to very good books that are literary in nature. I especially enjoy medical thrillers.
Thought it's a good look at what was going on around World War I period in Europe & a small part of the U.S.A. Well paced, too. I kept wanting to listen to more!!
Can't think of any comparable to FALL OF GIANTS...
Yes I'd heard him read PILLARS OF THE EARTH also by Ken Follett. John does his characters really well.
Hard to say....I felt for all the characters in the story....
If you want to hear a book that has sex every five mintues then this book is for you. But if you want to learn the history of WW I then try another book. The history is obscurred by all the sex, and it gets very tiresome.
Italian translated in America in 2001, work in Hospitality industry and I am an avid listener.
The story itself and the rithm
Billy with Jesus first day in the mine
Clarity, voice and the Russian accent although it reminded me of Gru from Despicable me
Fitz, to see if I could change his attitude towards the "rest of the world" and show him you can be rich without thinking you are superior and that you can be superior without being rich.
Great audible, almost perfect with the exception of some odd pauses at weird times that made me think the volume when off for some reason to then just resume.
I was skeptical how the author could encompass the scope of subject manner in this book. But he did, and very well! I learned to love the characters, most of them, despised some of them, and learned so much of early England, Germany and Russia. I just could lose myself in that book, close my eyes and imagine everything in detail. Mr Follett is so great in providing that.
I am almost finished with the 2nd of the Trilogy (Winter of The World), which continues the story of Fall of Giants. I love this also just as well. Last year I listened to A Dangerous Fortune by Mr Follett and loved that also.
He is very good at recreating so many different characters and accents. This trilogy involves several nationalities and he's able to go from one to another...also male/female without disturbing the listeners' ear. I was pleasantly surprised.
No. I needed to take the time to let the information "settle" in my mind. There is a lot of history that I needed to grasp, which was fine and I enjoyed that.
In listening to this, I learned two things. One) I am so very lucky that I live in America, born in 1948 and didn't have to suffer the things that ones before me did. Two) I've never lived with a war on my soil with bombers overhead, waiting for the blitz, blackouts, trenches, rations, all those things. I am really looking at life differently now. I'm 65 and my life is very good compared to life in Fall of Giants. And when I was in high school, I hated history class. I've learned more from Mr. Folletts' book about that time period than I ever did in school. Thank you very much!
Yes. The book is very detailed with lots of characters. The narration was amazing! The narrator changed accents and used inflection.
Learning about WWI
Accents for the different countries
Follett is not great literature. Sure his recent books have epic themes, but he's really about sex and violence. Lots of sex. This isn't a bad thing. This book has lots of uncomplicated characters and an interesting historical background. Follett does a great job making war look really stupid. Very entertaining.
Follett brings together the unique lives of several distinct families at the beginning of the 20th century in a uniquely compelling manner. John Lee's narration is simply outstanding, his unique characterizations makes listening to this story an added pleasure.