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
Nurse. Yarn snob. Bookworm. Cat lover. Color enthusiast. Fabric collector. Gardener
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.
I really enjoyed the perspective offered by Follett of WW1 and the things leading up to it. I also really enjoyed the characters.
Hard to say but I really liked Billy Williams. He just has a neat personality.
The accents were great, particularly the Welsh folks. He did the German accents amazingly well and switched back and forth in a conversation effortlessly.
Definately worth the read for history buffs and Follett fans. His characters, particularly the women, are always so wonderful.
I like both audio and print books, Both have a time and place for enjoying,(driving vs quiet reading).
Reviewing history was a great plus for me, this book gave me a time line for the 1st World War that I did not have.