Someone with a lot of time on their hands may enjoy this book
I like historical fiction, but there were too many details to follow the many story lines.
This is above most audiobooks due to both the story and the reader. Great stuff! As a newbit to Follett, I was not expecting either to be this good, especially the reader. Nice job!
The beginning draws you in and the reader has some great accents. There is a change in the way it is read at several points and it is a little distracting, but then you don't notice it. The story of the miners is superb and the way in which the story goes from one continent to anther within the context of the war is well done! Especially the descriptions of no-mans-land and the confusion at the front.
Good reading that is well-phraised and timely without being rushed. Great accents and inflections.
I don't know....but the title is a bit strange and might have been better done.
As the war ends, the story could have been tied a bit better together and some elements were just forgotten, but it is so big that I could see how it would be difficult. I did not want it to end in some areas and the characters were so compelling.
I have not read the print version, so it is a little hard for me to compare. I will say that I really enjoyed the different voices that John Lee used for each character. His use of accents helped me not only distinguish between characters but between regions from which the characters come. I felt like I was there listening in on conversations, instead of just reading/hearing the story.
At the time, I cannot think of one that rightly compares to Fall of Giants.
As I mentioned above, the different voices and accents were remarkable. John Lee did a spectacular job.
Trials of Nations
Professional woman, reading constantly
Yes, because Follett's follow up book is better, so the first book is a 'must read.'
With all the small plots and cast of characters, and the historical significance, my closest comparison would be "Hawaii" by Michener. Lots of 'stuff' going on in all directions but everything comes together in the end.
They seemed to all have the same significance in the story. No ONE character presided.
No, having read Follett before, I knew it would be rather drawn out.
Good book. Good story. But slow. I enjoyed his follow-up book 2 much better. A continuation of some of the characters, but many new ones.
Without a doubt
Ethel, strong in the face of much adversity
No, just great history and extremely entertaining
After listening, I immediately purchased Winter of the World.
Long story. One thing it points out is the lack of accountability of leadership in times of war.
Like his other historical fiction such as Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, Ken Follett pulls you into a very detailed and full wourld full of interesting characters you truly start to cheer for.
Narrator John Lee does an exceptional job bringing life to the words which allows you to follow all the different characters, even when you are not able to be 100% committed to listening to the story.
Looking forward to finishing Winter of the World, but not looking forward to waiting another year+ for the final installment of The Century Trilogy!
Ken Follett is the master of weaving a tale that compels you to read further. John Lee is a master of narration that puts you in the heart of the story. A fantastic team and every minute a pleasure.
Of particular note were Lee's accents - he nails Welsh and Cockney, upper-class Brits, Russians, Americans and Germans, female and male all masterfully.
I would have to rank this as the best audiobook I have listened to. Ever.
I cannot wait for more from Follett and Lee.
I was reluctant to purchase this audio book because it was a long book, but it was so entertaining that the 30 hours flew by. I just downloaded the second book, and it is captivating from the start.
I didn't realize how little I knew about World War I. Although this is a fiction book, it provides a thorough history of World War I probably better than a history book. The narrator is one of the best I've heard.
I highly recommend this audio book.