John Lee's reading is outstanding, and the story unfolds at a rapid pace. The story is excellent at telling the big picture through the fictional characters that could be your grandparents.
I liked Follett's Pillars of the Earth and I am hopelessly addicted to Downton Abbey. So imagine how happy I was to find the first book of his Century Trilogy series, Fall of Giants. The book is centered around World War I and it was a great listen, I loved it. The characters are varied, from several different countries and walks of life. The book goes on and on and on...but in a really good way, the way these family sagas do, if you know what I mean. Follett obviously knows his military history yet can still weave a very good story that I think will engage listeners of all genres.
It's one of those books you can bury yourself into, one of those books you can't wait to listen to. My only criticism about the audiobook is that John Lee makes all the Russian characters sound like Transylvanian vampires. That gets distracting and a bit grating considering that nearly a third of all the characters are Russian. Putting that aside it is still an addicting book. It's not great literature, but it's a darned good listen.
The story was gripping, and easy to follow. I was surprised by what I learned about what was happening in each country besides the war.
John Lee's performance was pretty great. Sometimes his rendering of women's lines broke the suspension of disbelief, but considering the mammoth scope of the accents and characters involved - he was great to listen to. Highly recommended for anyone who likes good books, and most especially anybody who is interested in history.
This book follows several families throughout the time preceding and during WWI. The character development is excellent. While there are some slower sections, the combined storyline was well laid out and executed. I learned more detail about how life may have been during this time than expected. I enjoy Follett's books. I am a huge fan of James A. Michener, and Follett's Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth remind me of his works. I recommend the book, and despite taking months to complete, I truly enjoyed it all!
I really enjoyed the telling of history in such an entertaining and engaging way.
If you liked World without end or Pillars of the Earth you will like this.
I love the books 'Pillars of the earth', and 'World without end'. I really thought he would have a tough time coming close to writing a book anywhere near as good as these. But, he did it! Fall of Giants is an excellent book and I can't wait for the others in this trilogy to come out! This, (and the other two mentioned here) are must have books for everyones library!
John Lee's range of voices and perfect timing make this story great. Being in grad school, I wouldn't have time to read a book this long, but listening to it in the car during my commute is perfect to pass the time. Can't wait for the next book in the trilogy, fingers crossed John Lee narrates again.
This story was most enjoyable. All through the book I found myself googling different places and battles and the several real life characters in the book just to learn more about it. We've had the events of the 2nd World War drilled into us through school, parents and of course movies (not that I'm complaining of course), but other than high school all those many years ago I've learned very little about the 1st World War. I'm going to see if I can get my teenager to listen to this - it might just do the trick in convincing her that the "olden days" weren't all that boring after all. In my opinion the book was wonderful.
Just a book listening girl..
Yes, I would recommend this book. It is definitely LONG! But, sometimes I like that. The characters and their stories were quite enjoyable. It was interesting how he made them twist and intersect. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
The way he used history to be the background of interesting characters and the way he interwove their stories.
no cramps in your hands from trying to hold an incredible HUGE book. haha