I have read a number of WWI non-fictions, and had always been interested in early twentieth century history, but this was my first time reading historical fictional and I didn't know what to expect.
Although it was a little slow in the beginning, the characters grew on me fast, and the audio book just got harder and harder to put down. I agree with some other reviewers that parts of the story line seemed a stretch, but I wasn't too bothered by them.
I can't wait to start on Winter of the World.
I love the development of characters and the fact that you grow with them for significant parts of their lives.
I think it must be Ethel as she is just feisty and strong. I look forward to finding out what drama she gets into in the next book.
I loved how he would change his accent for each of the various characters.
I am not a history buff, but this is a wonderfully written book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It also encouraged me to learn a little more about WWI. I immediately started on his second book in the Century Triology - Winter of the World. I would recommend this book. The narrator was great. John Lee also narrated Follett's last series, which I listened to and really enjoyed.
As a teenager I was entrawled with 007 (James Bond). So I love spy novels even the ones where the hero doesn't get the girl. Now that I have outed my guilty pleasure, I have to say that I do other types of books.
Definitely. In addition to an interesting story i learned a lot too!
I don't know. I haven't read a historical novel before.
A quick fun listen that will leave you wanting more.
John Lee does an impeccable job of delivering this well crafted story. Though it is clearly fictional, the historical accounting of key events is incredibly factual. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys an enthralling story with rich characters, a solid story line, and a historical depiction that is both educating as well as relatable, regardless of the listeners familarity of the actual events.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
If I had purchased this as abridged, I would have been disappointed with the repetition but this purchase was deliberate (to keep me busy checking time-lines, dates and facts.)
An amazing bit of literature with very little (except as noted above) which could be a matter of complaint. Actually loved it because I have come to history as an interest rather late in life - lots to catch up with.
In the top 5.
I enjoyed Ethel. Her story reminded me of the Downton Abbey television program. A story of the relationship between the haves and the have-nots. Ethel's character has been knocked down by circumstance and yet she perseveres. She is tough and smart and I found myself rooting for her and awaiting the next part of her story line. I also enjoyed her brother, Billy. He grows so much in this story: from a 16 year old kid to a war-seasoned veteran with real motivation to see meaningful change in the world.
I enjoyed the clandestine wedding between Walter and Maude and how they went ahead with their plans in spite of the world situation, believing that love would overcome.
No, not really. Parts of it made me chuckle, and there were certainly sad parts but it didn't cause any extreme reaction.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and John Lee is an incredible reader. I think I would enjoy listening to the phone book if he read it! He turns a very good book, into an excellent one. If you enjoy history, this is the series for you. I can't wait to get started on Book 2: Winter of the World. I don't know if Ken Follett has finished the third book. If not, I hope he is a fast writer!
So far this book is in my top 10
I can't really compare this book to another because this is my first read from the World War period. I really enjoyed it.
Tragic lives of war
Yes. It was a long involved book with lots of characters. I loved the length of it. It kept my interest throughout.
No. in the narration the accents relay put me off, especially the woman's speech,they sounded so insipid.and the Germans sounded Russian.i would rather read the book.
The detailed history and telling it from the different prospective.
Don't do accents.
I could not get the characters out of my head.