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.
I have gone through listening to it again with my wife so she can enjoy it.
Easily the best book/series I've found since going through the Game of Thrones series. I also find John Lee to be the highest quality of narrator. Couldn't recommend this higher.
I am addicted to learning, reading, hiking, travel and, at one time, moving around. Life is as fun as you make it.
This book is slightly educational as well as insightful. The characters bring history out and the reader does a fabulous job with the accents. I love history/ time travel stories. It's incredible, and sometimes, fun to think of your grandparents' plights and how they made a better life or worse life for your parents and that pattern continuing to yourself.
Each character being completely different.
All of them, but Grigori and Ethel I loved hearing every one of the accents. John Lee brought the characters to life.
Grigori - he's so brave.
This book is amazing. Who normally has time to rate a book, right? I think this book is perfect for those that enjoy history, generational, and inspirational stories. There's a few romatic moments for the romantic. If you have a long work shift where you can listen intently, or you have a long commute, this book is perfect. Rated R because there are sex scenes but they are brief and easy to fast forward (if that's your thing).
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Absolutely. Get your epic historical, WWI big picture, and Downton Abbey Fix RIGHT HERE.
John Lee -- you nailed the American, the Russion, the Welsh, the German, the English. Kudos to you.
I am surprised, this book brought tears to my eyes a number of times.
Loved it, way too much to tell -- read my thoughts here:
Delete the numerous detailed, middle-schoolish descriptions of various sex scenes. Also, lose the obvious left-wing political bent by having at least one positive character who represents opposing views.
Maybe. It was a very interesting and personal description of events during a key period of modern world history. But, the book's shortcomings of sex scenes and political bias would make me pause before reading another one.
Yes, and he's always outstanding. I probably would have lost interest and quit the book early had it not been for his outstanding ability to tell a story.
Only to think twice before reading another book by Ken Follett.
Avid reader, enthusiastic grandmother, part-time substitute teacher, seamstress.
I loved this book! I learned so much about the world in the WWI time period. It's very interesting to see how the different factions all around the world drew each other into the first world war.
I found the characters and their stories easy to follow even though this is definitely a book of epic proportions.
Yes and no. The story was good and cleverly told weaving in the historical background but it got too long in some parts.
Yes, I could tell who the character was by the voice used. Must say I had a difficult time getting used to the Russian character's voice sometimes because he sounded similar to Bela Lugosi's Dracula movie character. Once over that first impression though I was very impressed with Mr. Lee's ability to use so many different voices as there is a lot of characters in this novel.
It inspired to learn more history. I realize how little I know about the early 1900's and the WWI era.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
I really enjoyed Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. This series is similar in many ways - themes of love between people who should not be together based on social conventions, tensions between the rich and the poor, and the plight of workers. However, I like this series even better. I have listened to the first two books and am looking forward to the third. I love learning about the historical times (WWI and WWII) in which the books are set. And the seamless way Follett moves between the characters and countries is wonderful. John Lee is a great narrator too. Highly recommend!
Drive Learn Escape
Realizing that you were seeing how each of us is tied to each other regardless of nationality, time period or personal travails...
Great transition of voices.. I know each character by his voice now.
When Eth allowed Bernie to run, even though we all knew he would lose and she was the best candidate.