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.
Reader & all-around literate person
I realize I'm in the minority here, but the otherwise excellent John Lee's insistence on rendering the non-English speakers in heavy foreign accents really interfered with my suspension of disbelief. In the numerous sections of the book that are set in Germany and Russia, the characters talk to each other in comic-opera accents, as if they were not speaking their own native tongue. I found it very off-putting. And his rendition of the main American character sounds jarringly like a parody of William Shatner.
I am a web site developer and SEO specialist who likes to listen to books while brewing beer. Crazy I know.
This book started off a bit slow but over time I could see how intricate the character development would be. I can only describe this book as epic. An amazing story of life pre WW I and Post WW I. I loved the historic accuracy but not at the cost of the story. No doubt one of my all time favorite books. I look forward to the two other books in the series. This is without a doubt my favorite Audible title both in the writing and in the narration.
Absolutley loved this book. John Lee's narration was perfect for the timeframe and all of the characters. The historical elements left me wanting to know more. Cannot wait for the next two books. The only bad thing about it, is the sequel's are not due out until 2012 and 2014.
Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
Unfortunately I was expecting a book that would engage and entertain me like "The Pillars Of The Earth" did. Unfortunately this one didn't. I found this book boring. It told the tale of several "couples" in the time before, during and just after World War I. Unfortunately, I didn't find any of the couples interesting or worth "worrying about".
I was expecting dramatic descriptions of the horrors of war. This book didn't provide that either. Instead, a few benign battles were described. At one time, the author mentions that 10 million men were killed in WWI. No where in this story did I get the sense of tragedy and horror at 10 million men dying. Any descriptions of battle were underwhelming and uninspired. There were no heros or villains in this story. I finished this book wondering why I didn't just read a text book on World War 1 history. I have no plans to read / listen to any sequels.
This book was actually pretty amazing. I am not a fan of war stories and this book takes place during World War I and the Russian Revolution so I had my doubts. However, the author introduces you to several characters from different countries and does an excellent job introducing you to them and their families as well as getting you emotionally involved. There are several stories of romance, trials, joys, and historic backgrounds tied into this book. I actually listened to this book through Audible.com and the reader made this experience even better with his wonderful interpretations of the different accents the characters would have actually spoken with. This was a long story but never dull and kept me going and going until the very end. I loved how the ending took place even though it didn't tie up any loose ends, as this book is the first in a three part series. I can't wait until the next one comes out. Excellent book!