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.
Yes, most definitely, just in case I might have missed something!
That's a hard decision. I liked Maude for standing up for women's rights and supporting those below her station and Ethel for reaching beyond her station in support of women's rights. I believe Billy might have been my favorite for his strength and cheered him all the way through the whole book. But then there's Gregory,(not sure if that's spelled correctly) he was special for being anall round dependable guy and a fighter for what he believed in!
I guess, I'm going to choose Billy!
John Lee was wonderful with all the characters, the accents were excellent! I knew them all by his accents and grew to love them all!
I recommend this book! The truth is I wouldn't normally chose this type of book and I wanted something that was long to last awhile, I had no idea that I would love it from start to finish and I didn't want it to end!
WOW, Follet captured the conditions and attitude of people upstairs and downstairs that led to the "Great War" and revolutions that resulted all over Europe and Russia. I felt like I was getting a first person report as it happened. Follet has a most rewarding , enjoyable format.?
I would. John Lee really brings the characters to life!!
Ethel Williams character was definitely my favorite. I loved her determination.
I just really enjoyed this book, and I learned so much about WWI. I had almost wished I listened more in history class. I'm not usually a fan of historical novels, but this book was very enjoyable.
Ken Follett lived up to his reputation built on his previous two novels Pillars of the Earth and World without End. The story is a great read and the history is best lived through characters, which Ken Follett provides.
Ken Follett is a genius but FALL OF GIANTS is not a choice favorite.
So many of his other books have been so enjoyable there was little reason to think this one would be different. However, if it had not been for his wonderfully entertaining characters (as always) I do not think I could have made it to the end. For those of you that find war history more engaging this one is for you.
I love books, most genre's. I don't have the time to read anymore. So I am a dedicated audio listener with over 200 books in my library.
I love going back in time with Ken Follett. He draws you into his stories from the very beginning. The stories are told from the time period and what is going on with families in the world, not just one part of the world. I feel like I get a more rounded experience from many perspectives. Even though he puts in different point of views, they all meet in the middle and connect in some way to the main story. If you love history and family stories this is a book for you. I can't wait for the next two books.