War never ends.
It's like nothing I've ever read before - usually a fan of epic fantasy, I got swept into this book (and it's sequel) based on others reviews. An epic in it's own right, Follett masterfully tells the stories of several different families and how their lives are impacted by WWI.
Ethel and Maude were definitely my favorites. I like to think if I was around in that time, I would have been a suffragette.
To Hell and Back
The narrator, John Lee, is amazing. I could listen to this man read the phone book. His ability to change cadence, inflection and accent with each different character really brought them to life.
I love the story and learn a lot about WWI and the turmoil the world was in at that time. Still the human spirit lives on.
I will not be redundant and repeat what has already been said about the greatness of this story. I will simply state I echo all the superlatives others have stated. This is a long meaty book, but by the end you will want more and hurry to start the 2nd book of the trilogy. I love the characters all of them, their trials and tribulations, their joys and successes. The narration is superb!!! I do not give 5 stars easily, but this book deserves at least that. History was never so exciting and easy to consume... This is not a book to skim thru in parts, it must be taken in small bites and completely digested for maximum enjoyment; savor it!!! Meditate on it!!! This book is not an action packed, high energy, fast read thriller; but a narrative of people dealing with the cards they have been dealt in a place and time, confronting issues of the day and the impact their decisions had on their world, the future, and us all. Highly recommended.
John Lee is a terrible reader, it starts very slow, and the characters are hard to keep straight at first, but the book picks up in the last third. Ken Follet's story follows a few English, one Russian, and one German (Austrian/Prussian?), family at the beginning of the 1900s and goes through the end of WWI.
I love fiction in audio format...my long commute is a pleasure with good storytelling!
John Lee has a soothing, buttery delivery.
I was particularly moved by the secret wedding of Maude & Walter, their long separation living on separate sides of WW I, and the strength of their commitment.
yes, its an entertaining read that the narrator just kills! The characters are all from differennt countries and the accents are impressive.
The history lessons told from the point of view of what it may have been like to be alive during the years building up to the first world war.
learning about a time of history that is so ingrained in our history
anyone interested in the normal day to day life during historical moments should give this a try
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Definitely the narrator and his ability to give individual identities to each character.
I was really caught up in the courtship between Walter and Maude and how they managed to stay true to one another throughout the war.
Ethel for sure. Her persistence and wit are truly to be admired.
I think I was a little teary at the end just because of the fact that it was over and I had been so engaged in the novel. I felt like I was leaving good friends behind.
The different views of the war were interesting but somewhat confusing at first than just turned to dull and boring.
I really like hearing more about the characters and their lives more than the war. I found the war parts went on and on and on very repetive and somewhat dull.
I think John Lee always does a great job portraying each of the characters and accents.
I adored Pillars of the Earth and World without end . I hated when they were over. the creation of the characters and the flow of the story made me never want to stop listening. You could tell Follett tried to capture a touch of that in this book but the flow just never flowed. I felt myself wanting to feel for the characters but never quite getting there. Other reviews are right on the mark when they say it is almost as if he was just trying to make a deadline. I will not be continuing this triligy
Follett delivers again - no surprise. Narration from John Lee is fantastic. I love his accents - all of them.