This was by far the best Audible Experience to date
The final scene with Fitz meeting his son for the first time.
Lev and Billy Twice
Birthrights and Balderdash
John has such a theatrical tone and command of so many dialects, as an American I was able to grasp a sense of living in the various countries just from th ephraseology as conveyed though the narrator. I cannot imagine reading the book any other way.
John Lee brings to life the pages of Ken Follett better than I could. I spend a great deal of time driving and actually look for long narrations. The longer and more developed a story the quicker my drive. I enjoy being read to by John Lee.
The way the same historically based events affected the characters in different countries and how those characters were involved with each other either directly or indirectly. Like his excellent Pillars of the Earth and it's sequel, World Without End, Ken Follett weaves his characters from flesh and bone, youth to experience, loss and gain. Believable at every turn.
Billy Williams, also known as Billy Twice.
Fitz. As an Earl, he may be an opinionated traditionalist, but meals at his table were the far better than most in this story.
Recommended for those who appreciate a long read with good characters and series of intertwined lives during difficult times.
superb storyteller --
Fitz -- demonstrated the aristocracy's total disdain of the populace regardless of the country.
too many to pick just one...
No wonder they revolted!
can't wait for the next book in the trilogy
Well, I've listened to over 500 audiobooks, but I'd definitely put this in the top ten percent.
All the characters were great, but Ethel seemed like the strongest female character and developed the most during the novel. I happen to like strong female protagonists. They are all multi-faceted and compellingly real.
Grigory was my favorite voice. I'm ashamed to admit that this is because I think Russian accents are sexy.
It made me intensely interested in World War I, but it did not provoke an intense emotional reaction. It was intellectually fulfilling, though.
Definitely get this book if you like historical fiction! Even if you're not interested in World War I, I guarantee that you will enjoy it and will probably be dying to know more about WWI by the time you're finished.
I love this audiobook, like the author's thrillers, and found World Without End and the other book in that series whose name I can't recall to be miserably boring. If you didn't like those two other
I love historical fiction- and this book was fantastic. I am ready for the next books in the trilogy. I have read most of Jeffrey Archer and find his books engaging and well thought out.
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I loved the Welsh accent.
History Made Interesting!
I miss the characters now that the story is done. Looking forward to more books in the series.
I don't love all of Ken Follett's books but I am yet to be disappointed by his long historical ones. While not as good as World without End or Pillars of the Earth, this was a great read. I can't wait for book 2!
This book was great and I look forward to the next book off the trilogy!!!
After listening to great historical fiction works like O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series and Wouk's Winds of War/War and Remembrance, I found Fall of Giants to be a resounding dud. This book is mainly soap opera drama, tired cliches, gratuitous sex, wide but shallow characters, and trite dialogue, mixed in with a little bit of history. What a disappointment, because this book could have been great. I was ready to like this book, wanted terribly to like this book, but just couldn't. John Lee did his usual superb job, but even he couldn't save this book from itself.
I am an avid listener and I have always favored Wilbur Smith. After hearing all his books I was looking for more reading of this style. Luckily I ran accross Ken Follet he is an excellent writer and story teller, I will listen to his books often.
I compare by story line and writing style, I would compare it with:
Gia Jin, 13 Moons, Throne Games ect, ect
Gregor escaping from the police with his card board suitcase and having to give his brother the ticket to America. The excitement and the build up to that end was Great! I felt like I was Jumping fences and hiding behind buildings with him.
It made me thoughtful and gave me a much better understanding of how the USA was in the earlier part of the last 100 years.