Excellent narration, but I was turned off by the focus on erotica and fantasy sexual relations which had little to do with the primary theme, which is the twentieth century.
too much emphasis on the sexual relationships of the characters, rather than focusing entirely on the political and living conditions of the characters in the class settings.
The discussions of trench warfare in World War I, and the lack of understanding by the leaders of the several countries in launching the war without realizing how fighting that war would decimate their respective male populations.
I have enjoyed Folletts books in the past, and will enjoy this trilogy, but the length of the story could have been shortened if there were more emphasis on reality rather than trying to spice up the narrative with fictional references to the sexual feelings of the characters. I see these novels as telling something about the history which is the background of the story, but inserting a heavy bit of erotica tells me nothing.
I'm still listening to this book but this the 4th Ken Follett book I've read/listened to. They are all amazing. I really enjoy how Ken weaves generations of people together and combines his characters with actual historic characters. For me, I didn't learn much about World War I in school so this book fills in some facts about the war that I wasn't aware of.
I actually listened to winter of the world first. So my favorite part is hearing how the stars of the next book came to be in this book.
I love his Welsh accented characters.
Ethel, she's seems like a firecracker. Plus, they say she's beautiful and who wouldn't like to dine with an interesting and beautiful young lady.
It's a long book but well worth the time. Do it. You'll love it.
Yes. I found the setting of the story very interesting, which was of course the appeal from the get go. You won't earn a history degree here, but I thought it painted a great picture of how people lived during this time in history.
It took awhile to get into the book and the characters. It seemed kind of like 'work' for the first 20%, but then I was hooked.
Well researched and the narration was excellent, the narrater breathed life into each carachter with verious accents (Russian, Londoner, Welsh which was excellent, German etc) I could never have finished a big book like this in print so bravo Audible and double bravo John Lee and hats off old chap to Ken Follett I will read the sequal but I want to let this book digest for a while. I learnt a lot of WW1 and various events leading to it. Excellent book.
Kane and Able by Jeffery Archer, Again well researched and very detailed with a sequal also.
Ethel and William two in their Welsh accents and firm convictions.
I have gone through listening to it again with my wife so she can enjoy it.
Easily the best book/series I've found since going through the Game of Thrones series. I also find John Lee to be the highest quality of narrator. Couldn't recommend this higher.
I am addicted to learning, reading, hiking, travel and, at one time, moving around. Life is as fun as you make it.
This book is slightly educational as well as insightful. The characters bring history out and the reader does a fabulous job with the accents. I love history/ time travel stories. It's incredible, and sometimes, fun to think of your grandparents' plights and how they made a better life or worse life for your parents and that pattern continuing to yourself.
Each character being completely different.
All of them, but Grigori and Ethel I loved hearing every one of the accents. John Lee brought the characters to life.
Grigori - he's so brave.
This book is amazing. Who normally has time to rate a book, right? I think this book is perfect for those that enjoy history, generational, and inspirational stories. There's a few romatic moments for the romantic. If you have a long work shift where you can listen intently, or you have a long commute, this book is perfect. Rated R because there are sex scenes but they are brief and easy to fast forward (if that's your thing).
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Absolutely. Get your epic historical, WWI big picture, and Downton Abbey Fix RIGHT HERE.
John Lee -- you nailed the American, the Russion, the Welsh, the German, the English. Kudos to you.
I am surprised, this book brought tears to my eyes a number of times.
Loved it, way too much to tell -- read my thoughts here:
Delete the numerous detailed, middle-schoolish descriptions of various sex scenes. Also, lose the obvious left-wing political bent by having at least one positive character who represents opposing views.
Maybe. It was a very interesting and personal description of events during a key period of modern world history. But, the book's shortcomings of sex scenes and political bias would make me pause before reading another one.
Yes, and he's always outstanding. I probably would have lost interest and quit the book early had it not been for his outstanding ability to tell a story.
Only to think twice before reading another book by Ken Follett.
Avid reader, enthusiastic grandmother, part-time substitute teacher, seamstress.
I loved this book! I learned so much about the world in the WWI time period. It's very interesting to see how the different factions all around the world drew each other into the first world war.
I found the characters and their stories easy to follow even though this is definitely a book of epic proportions.
Yes and no. The story was good and cleverly told weaving in the historical background but it got too long in some parts.
Yes, I could tell who the character was by the voice used. Must say I had a difficult time getting used to the Russian character's voice sometimes because he sounded similar to Bela Lugosi's Dracula movie character. Once over that first impression though I was very impressed with Mr. Lee's ability to use so many different voices as there is a lot of characters in this novel.
It inspired to learn more history. I realize how little I know about the early 1900's and the WWI era.