John Lee does an impeccable job of delivering this well crafted story. Though it is clearly fictional, the historical accounting of key events is incredibly factual. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys an enthralling story with rich characters, a solid story line, and a historical depiction that is both educating as well as relatable, regardless of the listeners familarity of the actual events.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
If I had purchased this as abridged, I would have been disappointed with the repetition but this purchase was deliberate (to keep me busy checking time-lines, dates and facts.)
An amazing bit of literature with very little (except as noted above) which could be a matter of complaint. Actually loved it because I have come to history as an interest rather late in life - lots to catch up with.
In the top 5.
I enjoyed Ethel. Her story reminded me of the Downton Abbey television program. A story of the relationship between the haves and the have-nots. Ethel's character has been knocked down by circumstance and yet she perseveres. She is tough and smart and I found myself rooting for her and awaiting the next part of her story line. I also enjoyed her brother, Billy. He grows so much in this story: from a 16 year old kid to a war-seasoned veteran with real motivation to see meaningful change in the world.
I enjoyed the clandestine wedding between Walter and Maude and how they went ahead with their plans in spite of the world situation, believing that love would overcome.
No, not really. Parts of it made me chuckle, and there were certainly sad parts but it didn't cause any extreme reaction.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and John Lee is an incredible reader. I think I would enjoy listening to the phone book if he read it! He turns a very good book, into an excellent one. If you enjoy history, this is the series for you. I can't wait to get started on Book 2: Winter of the World. I don't know if Ken Follett has finished the third book. If not, I hope he is a fast writer!
So far this book is in my top 10
I can't really compare this book to another because this is my first read from the World War period. I really enjoyed it.
Tragic lives of war
Yes. It was a long involved book with lots of characters. I loved the length of it. It kept my interest throughout.
No. in the narration the accents relay put me off, especially the woman's speech,they sounded so insipid.and the Germans sounded Russian.i would rather read the book.
The detailed history and telling it from the different prospective.
Don't do accents.
I could not get the characters out of my head.
John Lee's voice and consistent accents to help with character definition is incredible, and the storyline is intertwined beautifully.
This is by far the best historical fiction I've ever read.
I liked Ethel Williams, for the depth that Follet gives her.
You want to listen to this book, trust me!
79 This year just been told my eyes are not good enough to drive my car . So Audible is very important to me love my audible books David
The Narrator John Lee brings all the charactors to life.
Blly Williams. William william so true to real life its as it was working class and as i say the toffee nosed!! Upper ClassI lived through the 2nd World War and served in the RAF in 1955 and lived through the class system .
The court martial of Billy Wlliams in Russia
Ken Follett's love of history is apparent once again. John Lee's narration is perfect - he either anticipates well or has read the tale and knows its nuances.
World history from various points of view
Ehtel Williams is a woman of her own mind and atypical for a woman of any era. She demonstrated strength, passion and brains and she's my hero.
John Lee's narration is the best ever. He has total command of all nuances and adds immeasurably to the fabric of the story.