Pillars of the Earth is similar. The research was equally fantastic and both stories held my interest from the start.
He is an amazing narrator - the accents were flawless - and his voice !!!-- ahhhh - he could read the phone book!!!!
It made me laugh and cry. The characters were so well-developed - and reading about WW1 from the points of view of Germans, Russians, Americans and British was really an eye-opening experience.
Just downloaded Book 2 and I can't wait to listen.
I would and have recommended this audiobook to several friends based not only on the enjoyment that I had in the novel itself but in John Lee's narration of it. I am a hard core fan of both gentelemen. Follett, always and outstanding author, has put together a story that follows families from both sides of WWI that intertwines their lives in a historically correct accounting of that era as well as conditions of each of the social strata that he involves. In turn, John Lee narrates it utilizing his talents in taking on each part as if he were that person, right down to the accents, voice and emotion. "Fall of the Giants" follows the pattern of writing, accuracy and narration of both of these men just as "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" . Can't wait for the next of this series, "Winter of the World" to continue this story!
No one part is my favorite, it take it all to make the story complete
Same as with liking that best-Follett protrays it all so well, there is not any way to make a choice
Title is perfect, wouldn't call it another -just would not be the perfect title that it has!
This book brings the sweeping social changes of the early 20th century into vivid life -- socialism, women's rights, the decline and fall of monarchies, trade unions, capitalism. I had never seen the ties between these, or really understood why people were so passionate about them, until listening to this book.
I had also never understood how the assasination of a minor noble swept the entire world into war. The waste of it made my heart ache. November 11th will never be the same for me.
I recommend this audiobook without reservation. I cannot imagine any reason for not liking this book. The reader is excellent. If you haven't listened to one of Ken Follett's historical epics yet, what are you waiting for?
I would listen to Fall of Giants again because I don't want to miss a single word of this rich, historical listen. And I may have been distracted and missed a paragraph or two, so would listen again as if it were the first time and I know I would enjoy it just as much. The narrator is absolutely amazing and makes the characters come to life.
There were so many, actually breathtaking, moments throughout. I wondered if anyone riding alongside of me thought me mad with my very visible expressions!
He has the ability to bring each and every character to life with his wonderful diverse accents and tones.
I wish I could have, but it is four parts. I did find myself driving out of the way several times to finish a particular listen.
I am a huge Follett fan and am so excited to finally have the anxiously awaited second part of his trilogy. He is so historically accurate; it's obvious he researches extensively. And, his books actually encourage me to research more of history.
I didn't read the print version. I commute a long distance and cannot read during my commute (it gives me a headache) so audio is perfect for me!
He's just perfect. I can't imagine anyone else reading Follett's books.
Outstanding book. I have listened to every one of Ken Follett's books on audio and this one ranks at the top. It kept my attention from the very beginning. The intertwining of the families was beautiful and easy to keep track of, even on audio. Just listened to it again in anticipation of Book 2 this week and enjoyed it even more the second time. Keep writing, Ken! Narration by John Lee was excellent as well. He and Davina Porter are the best narrators I have heard, by far.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
this was the best so far.
the narrators accents.
i liked the welsh minors and their stories in particular.
absolutely. i listened every chance i got.
I thought it was hard to listen to. Certainly at the beginning after listening to 11/22/63 and Outlander the narration seemed to drone on and at some points had a bit of a sing song quality. However the excelent story made up for it.
Audible make my long commute so enjoyable! I love historical fiction, Nora Roberts, and any science related audibles (not enough of those).
The history was good... but the complete characters and descriptions and events wonderful!
The personal scenes are all so very good
I am so looking forward to more Ken Follett books!!