The authors ability to pull the reader into the world of the families
The descriptive narratives of WWi
Xmas on the battlefield
Fabulous story but when it was over I did not have the same sense of leaving a family as I did with Pillars of the Earth
This is an extremely good book. It's not the subject matter I would generally enjoy reading, but it is very well done and I found it fascinating. I can't wait for the third one.
The narriator for this book is amazing with the different voices. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
Don't want to give anything away. The stories of all the characters and how they all come is so well told. Every second of this book kept me wanting more.
The voices of the characters. He does a fantastic job with the different accents around the world.
Not sure. That name is almost perferct for the story.
Can't wait to listen to Winter of the Worlds.
Yes. The audio version is like listening to a storyteller. It is easier to keep track of the characters listening rather than reading.
Walter Erlich. John Lee had the accent and tone of the character down pat!
Ethel Williams. She came from a loving family who was economically lower-class. She had the highs and lows of life. But had great moral character to make the correct decisions and had strength to become a leader, but the compassion to care for people!
Listeners will be enchanted by "The Fall of Giants." This is a great series. It is historical fiction during WWI. The author was true to history and wove a wonderful set of fictional characters, representative of real lives at the time. The characters represented extended families in 4 major countries, England, Germany, Russia and America. The political decisions of the time and the moral and family decisions were all included. Very fascinating! Ken Follett truly paid attention to all the details of people living in those countries and era. I didn't ant to series to end! Gratefully, I found he wrote a follow-up series to "The Fall of Giants", extending into time (WWII) and with the same characters and their families. This series is "The Winter of the World".
I am not much of a WWI history buff, but I love Ken Follett and how he writes a story. This gave me a good listen to the history of the early 1900's and also created wonderful characters to make the story come to life. I love the characters he created and very anxious to read the sequel. John Lee, as always is a fantastic narrator. He has more accents than you can imagine and does such a great job with all of them. Well worth the listen.
Yes. The characters and interactions are so complicated that I'm sure one listen did not impress all the intricacies going on between the couples. The reader had to be able to speak with a French, German, American, English, and Welsh accent and was superb at all. The story covers so much ground and grabs the reader right from the beginning. Can't wait for the next book in this trilogy.
I liked the way the characters remain true to their nature throughout the book, even when they are adapting to the major changes going on around them. The older people are cast in the past while the younger ones adapt much more quickly. Historical fiction is such a great way to learn about the past that no one wants to read about in history books.Follett has done a remarkable job of researching the World War I material and then creating characters to fit the positions. All are very believable. Don't know if they really lived but someone lived with the same beliefs. Maud and Walter are able to walk the line even though his father can't see it.Whether 1917 or 2012, the same situations exist.
Billie without a doubt. He is so true to his beliefs and loves his family so much but is able to survive.
Yes but who could sit that long (laughing). I found myself repeating chapter beginnings to be sure I understood where I was. I listened to it day and night until I finished it. Even skipped some of my favorite TV shows so I could listen.
Ken Follett has been one of my favorite authors beginning with 'Eye of the Needle' in 1978 and it is amazing how he has grown with each of his books. He is an amazing writer and continues to evolve.
No, but only because I never re-read or re-listen to books! Enjoyed this one very much though...
Loved the character of Maud! Strong, independant women characters are always interesting to me. Of the male characters, I really liked Billy because of his intelligence and values.
The book was very good and I loved learning about the events leading up to WWI. I had only the most basic knowledge of that time frame before reading this. What I particularly enjoyed was how the different families were woven into the history and story. There are a lot of coincidences that were perhaps a little unbelievable but they do make the story work. Looking forward to the next two books!
This book was very engaging and easy to listen to, I was surprised when the book ended because I didn't think it had been 30 hours yet. Some of the battle descriptions and troop movement descriptions ran too long, but overall I enjoyed this audio book and would definitely recommend it. The difference between Pillars of the Earth and this one is that POE was more about the human storyline, while this book concentrates more on historic events to drive the plot. John Lee narrated in an energetic way with great character voices- I wish I could give him six stars.
Yes. John Lee makes listening to any book a treat, and since this book was 31 hours long, it needed a strong reader. The novel, in itself is quite interesting as well, following the lives of several interconnected characters taking part in different parts of a very tumultuous time in history.
The accents. I had no idea what a Welsh accent sounded like. After I listened to this, I looked up videos of native speakers and saw that his version was spot-on.
Follett is best when he is writing a saga, like Pillars of Earth, etc. This certainly qualifies! Developing the story line across the key nationalities and socio-economic classes leading up to WW1 brings the history to a personal level.
John Lees's narration is excellent. The characters are given consistent voices that enrich the story. Personalities are made real.
I give this four stars, and not five, for one reason. All the liberal-minded characters are good. All the bad and evil characters are right-wing, money-grubbing conservatives. Surely in the thousand plus pages of this book, history would have found a few exceptions!!