I didn't get very far in this before I abandoned it all together. I'm still not sure what went wrong here. It seems like if you liked The Winds of War (As I did) you might like this one. There were interesting characters, boatloads of facts, and real situations. And yet, there was a stick-to-the-formula feel to the book. I quit before the second part, because I couldn't see slogging through all five (?) parts or however many feeling like there was nothing new here.
Mom of 2 kids and 3 dogs. I love to escape with an audiobook. I fall asleep at night to an audiobook. Love the sleep timer.
I remember having to read "Hawaii" in High School. That is what this book is like. I really enjoyed this book even if it was really long. I had to refer to my computer or husband regarding some history facts, places, or people but I felt I really learned more about history than I did in school (or maybe I just can't remember that far back :) I loved the characters, and how their lives intertwine. I cannot wait for book 2 to come out later this year..
This was my first audio book ever. I was on a trial basis with Audible and this book was on the recomended list by the editors. I picked it because it was one of the longest books I could find and I wanted to listen while I was at work. I fell in love with the story, and was excited to come to work on Monday mornings so I could continue to listen. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and am looking forward to the release of the second book in the series.
Love mystery, Favs-Clancy, King,
Timelime and characters that told the story of living in those countries.
Billy Williams. A working class hero and good brother.
Another enjoyable story from Ken Follett. Looking forward to the sequels.
Fast, excellent performance, and good story,
This book is why it is sometimes better to listen to a book rather than read one. I found that this book kept my attention as I drove to and from work. Often times, I had wished my trip was longer so I could continue to listen. I wish it had never ended.
While the characters and their relationships were developing, the book was very good and held my interest. Once the characters became involved in politics and social issues, it ceased to be original and the people just ended up getting jerked around by historical events. There was very little to differentiate one downtrodden lower class kid from another .... Billy or Grigori, not much difference between these hard working good guys. I wish the author had spent more time on the nuances of the characters and less on the politics of the day. He had nothing new to say on the subject of the Russian Revolution. He should read Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna and see how to write a novel about human beings and their place in historic events.
I can't wait for this trilogy to play itself out. Taking world events from the perspective of characters in the primary countries involved, and making the U.S. a secondary player gives a whole new view of how these nations faced their own crisis, internal and external. Masterfully written, good development of characters, and wonderful interplay from one perspective to the next.
This audiobook is by far the most engrossing I have ever experienced. The story line is amazing and the narration is utterly flawless. The book renders such raw human emotion that one should check his/her pulse if they do not feel something. As a history fan, I was somewhat skeptical about getting into this as it is historical fiction; but the story stays true to historical events and in many taught better than some non-fictional works I've come across.
I would highly recommend this work to anyone, but especially as an audiobook. The accents emotion given to the characters in the story by John Lee is amazing and augments an already near perfect work.
Grigorski- I can relate to him.
Both at different times.
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.