I just finished Herman Wouk's books on WWII (Winds of War and War and Rememberance) narrated by Kevin Pariseau and wanted to have a similar wonderful experience learning about WWI. The story was very good, lots of information, well presented (interesting) research, enjoyable writing style. Unfortunately narration was terrible. I wanted to hear the story but had to force myself to listen to the narrator. He read the story like it was a phone book. I understood every word but he brought nothing what was happening on the page. I would love to continue with this trilogy as it is released but if John Lee continues to narrate this will be the only one I listen to.
I recommend this book without reservation. The narration was fantastic and the story was quite engrossing.
The strong historical element interwoven with the main story.
Hare & There
This is a great listen for those who love long books, historical fiction and John Lee's rich interpretive reading. I give it two thumbs up. Loved it and learned quite a bit about the social and political developments leading to WWI and the Russian Revolution.
I love books!
I started reading Follet's spy novels way back when and was a fan. I really enjoyed his trilogy about building a cathedral in medieval England. So he undertakes another epic trilogy this one starting with WWI. It was an enjoyable listen, gave me a good perspective on how all of the pieces of that war fit together, and I'll look forward to the next one. And, he weaves a nice, little story while educating us on history.
He does a great job
The story wasn't as strong as his other books. Follett was more interested in his characters hopping into the sack than giving us a good page turning story.
Give me a well written historical novel and I'm happy. I learn something and get one hell of a story.
John Lee is great! Simply great!
His gift with accents! His excitement while acting as a go between matches my own.
The house maid to member of parliament Eth is very attractive
Great book! When is the next one to begun, finished, recorded?
We are retired, have been full-time RVers for three years. We love listening to audio books while on the road.
Ken Follett's' books keep me spell bound, another novel that, for me, was hard to stop listening to until the end.
I love the time period of which he writes....my imagination soars!
The whole story.
John Lee did an excellent job in his narration, making the characters come to life.
I look forward to seeing the movie.
A great mix of history and fiction. Characters are well done and you get a real feel of the times. The narrator was off in the beginning. Too abrupt and lacking a natural rhythm. I did feel he got into the flow by the half way point and does do very well with the different character voices.
I would highly recommend this book. For one credit it is a no brainer. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Follet is such a great writer. This book is wonderful and educational. I love the narrator he is terrific! If you liked pillars of the earth and enjoy US history this is for you.