Like his other historical fiction such as Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, Ken Follett pulls you into a very detailed and full wourld full of interesting characters you truly start to cheer for.
Narrator John Lee does an exceptional job bringing life to the words which allows you to follow all the different characters, even when you are not able to be 100% committed to listening to the story.
Looking forward to finishing Winter of the World, but not looking forward to waiting another year+ for the final installment of The Century Trilogy!
Ken Follett is the master of weaving a tale that compels you to read further. John Lee is a master of narration that puts you in the heart of the story. A fantastic team and every minute a pleasure.
Of particular note were Lee's accents - he nails Welsh and Cockney, upper-class Brits, Russians, Americans and Germans, female and male all masterfully.
I would have to rank this as the best audiobook I have listened to. Ever.
I cannot wait for more from Follett and Lee.
I was reluctant to purchase this audio book because it was a long book, but it was so entertaining that the 30 hours flew by. I just downloaded the second book, and it is captivating from the start.
I didn't realize how little I knew about World War I. Although this is a fiction book, it provides a thorough history of World War I probably better than a history book. The narrator is one of the best I've heard.
I highly recommend this audio book.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
didn't realize the "greatness" of this book
all were teriffic
impossible...too long...listened to as i did my daily walks of 5-10 miles...made the miles fly by!!!
read both of the books....follow up with winter world...must read
Great characters to represent the period and the different world players.
I love the historical accuracy.
John Lee holds my attention throughout the story.
Perefect name already.
Cannot wait to read the next work in the series.
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.