Well written historical fiction is such a great way way for me to get a feel for historical events. Ken Follet is a great writer. John Lee is a very good reader. Engaging, not overly dramatic, great accents, doesn't force voices. Really enjoyable.
Billy Williams. Good man.
John Lee is a great reader.
The interesting way the characters were connected fascinated me. Being able to view WWI from all different national views made it much easier to understand the vast scope of the war, the reasons behind it, and how each battle would have been like if you were there.
I fell in love with Billy, because of his spirit and determination to do the right thing. Lee's Welsh accent was spot on and wonderful to listen to.
I knew nothing about the Russian Revolution going into this book and found the way the story was told through the eyes of someone who was living it made it easier to remember exactly what happened and why. I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction will love this and I cannot wait for the next book!
I would recommend this book with a warning that there is a lot of PC involved in the story. The characters were interesting and the way the author intertwined their lives was clever if not always very believable but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story and I was never bored or impatient with it. I also learned a lot about the history of WWI.
If I changed the story at all it would be to round out the characters a little more and skip the PC.
John Lee was amazing as the narrator. He would change accents and go from male to female voices without skipping a beat. Sometimes I had to laugh because some of the accents were a little off but I always knew just who was speaking so I didn't mind. My favorite was his dialogue of Daisy, the three year old, which just cracked me up it was so cute. He is good at sounding like a breathless woman in the love scenes too.
I would go to a movie of this story.
Boy, once Follett got off his Nazi Germany kick and started doing books like the Pillars of the Earth series and now this one, he's become one of the top writers around in my opinion
John Lee's reading is outstanding, and the story unfolds at a rapid pace. The story is excellent at telling the big picture through the fictional characters that could be your grandparents.
I liked Follett's Pillars of the Earth and I am hopelessly addicted to Downton Abbey. So imagine how happy I was to find the first book of his Century Trilogy series, Fall of Giants. The book is centered around World War I and it was a great listen, I loved it. The characters are varied, from several different countries and walks of life. The book goes on and on and on...but in a really good way, the way these family sagas do, if you know what I mean. Follett obviously knows his military history yet can still weave a very good story that I think will engage listeners of all genres.
It's one of those books you can bury yourself into, one of those books you can't wait to listen to. My only criticism about the audiobook is that John Lee makes all the Russian characters sound like Transylvanian vampires. That gets distracting and a bit grating considering that nearly a third of all the characters are Russian. Putting that aside it is still an addicting book. It's not great literature, but it's a darned good listen.
The story was gripping, and easy to follow. I was surprised by what I learned about what was happening in each country besides the war.
John Lee's performance was pretty great. Sometimes his rendering of women's lines broke the suspension of disbelief, but considering the mammoth scope of the accents and characters involved - he was great to listen to. Highly recommended for anyone who likes good books, and most especially anybody who is interested in history.
This book follows several families throughout the time preceding and during WWI. The character development is excellent. While there are some slower sections, the combined storyline was well laid out and executed. I learned more detail about how life may have been during this time than expected. I enjoy Follett's books. I am a huge fan of James A. Michener, and Follett's Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth remind me of his works. I recommend the book, and despite taking months to complete, I truly enjoyed it all!
I really enjoyed the telling of history in such an entertaining and engaging way.
If you liked World without end or Pillars of the Earth you will like this.