Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Follett fan. I've read POE, WWE, Dangerous Fortune and most of his other WWII thrillers, so I was excited to read this one. This book, however, doesn't have any of the delights or surprises of his other books. It's just the plain, old Follett formula, applied over and over to the same two-dimensional characters. Step one -- each "good" character gets his own "bad" character to act as a nemesis. Step two -- the "bad" character wins the girl or otherwise bests the "good" character in some way that causes lasting consequences for both. Step three -- the "good" and "bad" characters somehow are reunited years or even decades after the fact and end up "refighting" the original battle, but with the "good" character coming out on top, and the "order" in the universe is restored. Ok, I can even tolerate a formulaic story if it's creatively and skillfully put together, but for this one, Follett just phones it in. It's honestly like he just programed the same story into his word processor and had the machine generate most of the scenes. This one is really not worth the time or effort to listen to, and I am certainly going to skip all of the inevitable, money-making sequels that follow.
I almost didn't get this because of the few but emphatic negative reviews. I'm almost through book and all I can say is, "what's the problem?" The story line is fascinating because it's based on the dramatic events of the time--war, revolution, suffrage, industrialism, and the decline of monarchy and aristocracy. The characters are engaging, fully developed, and painted with fine oils, not crayons. John Lee's narration is superb and of course he's an old friend after POTE and WWE. I say if you don't like this story, it's your problem, not the author's.
I really got into the characters the weaving in and out of their lives is well done. I am looking forward to finding out what happens to them, Especially Walter & Maude
Really amazing job of narration, with about a dozen different voices and accents. Nice to see book written about WWI instead of WWII.
Good, not a "Pillars" and not a "World", but an epic can't be written every time. I'm anxious to read the sequels to hopefully change my mind. This book felt "rushed" making me wonder if there was a deadline looming.
I love history and politics, but this novel just beats it up in places - too much! It is to the point that at times it detracts from the story. Since this is a trilogy, I understand why it ends so abruptly with minimal wrap up, but it seems there was little climatic action in the plot. I did learn a lot about World War I. Unfortunately, this read like a novelized history book.
Ken Follett has become one of my favorite.
Key to Rebecca then Pillars of the earth were my first reads.
Fall of Giants is filled with good historical facts from multiple sides from that terrible 1st World War.
I eagerly look forward to book 2.
I listened to The Fall of Giants compulsively, It made me think that my drive to work was not long enough forcing me to wait in the parking lot to the last minute before going in, I slapped on the headphones at lunch and sat in the driveway outside my house. I loved it and look forward to the rest of the century.
I really enjoyed Pillars of the Earth and a few of his other stories, but this one was not what I expected. Too much detail about military strategy I guess. I prefer war stories from civilians or a soldier's perspective, not military officials. The story was just OK in my opinion.