No, I wouldn't ever listen to a book twice. There are too many other great books out there on my list.
This book is composed of many memorable moments, nicely distributed throughout the whole book. It gives the book a great pace. It's beautifully written, and masterfully performed.
I read a lot of history, but what Lee does is bring it to life. He captures the issues of the times that set the plate for the larger events, and each segment of the story is filled in nicely without ever overdoing it. It's a great blend of history and fiction.
Never underestimate man's capacity for self-destruction.
I can't wait for the other books of the trilogy!
historical, sweeping, excellent
I often listen while jogging (hate jogging), and found myself smiling and laughing at times.
Ken brings you into the times he is writing about. You can see how & why events affect each of us.
Yes - lots of history and great character development.
He is an incredible narrator, the myriad of accents he has in his repertoire is very impressive, makes the characters come alive.
It's hard to say there were so many; Maude, Ethel and Billy come to mind
Well worth listening to every minute!
John Lee flawlessly was able to use accents and different voices to bring characters alive.
The history of WW1 was interesting using good characters.
He really brings the characters to life.
Gregory the Russian pheasant.
Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
Fall of Giants is a highly detailed, fiction-based-on-fact novel, that winds together the narratives of five separate families before, during, and immediately after World War I. While i have understood that WW I was trench warfare, I did not understand why this war had to happen, or how the alliances were formed. This was highly educational, very entertaining, and I'm eager to hear the second volume in the series.
The narrator, John Lee, is particularly adept at a wide range of accents that really enhance the reading of the text.
I have read a number of WWI non-fictions, and had always been interested in early twentieth century history, but this was my first time reading historical fictional and I didn't know what to expect.
Although it was a little slow in the beginning, the characters grew on me fast, and the audio book just got harder and harder to put down. I agree with some other reviewers that parts of the story line seemed a stretch, but I wasn't too bothered by them.
I can't wait to start on Winter of the World.
I love the development of characters and the fact that you grow with them for significant parts of their lives.
I think it must be Ethel as she is just feisty and strong. I look forward to finding out what drama she gets into in the next book.
I loved how he would change his accent for each of the various characters.
I am not a history buff, but this is a wonderfully written book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It also encouraged me to learn a little more about WWI. I immediately started on his second book in the Century Triology - Winter of the World. I would recommend this book. The narrator was great. John Lee also narrated Follett's last series, which I listened to and really enjoyed.
As a teenager I was entrawled with 007 (James Bond). So I love spy novels even the ones where the hero doesn't get the girl. Now that I have outed my guilty pleasure, I have to say that I do other types of books.
Definitely. In addition to an interesting story i learned a lot too!
I don't know. I haven't read a historical novel before.
A quick fun listen that will leave you wanting more.