Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Only if they wanted a history lesson.
I wish it was more about the characters and less about war and politics.
It was pretty good. A lot of accents.
Do not buy this book if you don't want a long history lesson. War Horse was written around WW I but it was more about the characters and less about the war.
The story is incredible: it held my interest from start to finish. The narration was only fair, with strained accents and poor inflection.
I liked learning about the WWI history in an easy manner, i.e. the personal stories of characters in each involved country. It was contrived at times, but entertaining.
Yes, as I'd like to continue the saga.
Narration was great...voices believable.
Too long and involved for a good movie.
Not as good as Pillars of Stone, but good.
Do not buy this book before you read some of it. I have read and enjoyed all of Mr. Follett's other books but this was way too trashy for my taste.
This just isn't a man's book. It's a boring listen and reads like a Lifetime channel movie. Men - stay away.
As a general rule, I love Follett. He's one of those authors who sucks you in and doesn't let you go. Pillars of the Earth and Word Without End are two of my favorite novels of all time.
Fall of Giants was a big disappointment, though. For the first time ever, Follett lost my attention. He spends so much time explaining the complex historical events that the characters are undeveloped. I think he tried to cram too much into a single novel.
I would only recommend this book to those who are more interested in history than character development.
I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.
Too much political and war talk, the human drama is not as present as it is in the Pillars of the Earth series witch is outstanding... very disappointed...
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WHAT? When did Ken Follet become a character in my book?
Ok, I am not into spoilers so I will say that I did this as an audio book and at the end Ken Follett came on and explained how he chooses what to include or not include, what is real and what is not real, what to quote or not quote and what to say or not say. But from an audible perspective it was a trip as it was just the same ol' narrator that he been reading the book to me for the last 60 hours. At first I had no idea that we had a character change.
BUT and that is the but and minor spoiler... that is how the book ends. Abruptly. It just up and ends. I read a lot of the reviews posted on the book and changed my review from a 4 star to a 3 star review and now here I sit and write this. I loved World w/o End but who didn't and I loved Fall of Giants. Until the last say 400 pages.
In the beginning the book was amazing and had strong female leads which I have to say is something that I think Ken does really well is honor female role models but then somewhere in the middle something went really wrong and everything in the book became this minutia about WWI. Hell Ken even tossed in a lame one liner about Hitler but somehow negated to ever even once reference the 1918 flu (Spanish Flu) that killed over one million people. Ken really missed out on a gripping piece of history. From Andrew Price-Smith "The viral waves hit the Central Powers before they hit the Allied powers, both morbidity and mortality in Germany and Austria were considerably higher than in Britain and France." How could Follett have such a glaring omission, how could none of the family back home not suffer from any flu like symptoms.
Anyway, the book was a good read but for me I think it is as much as I am in love with the narrator as I am with anything. Well this has to be one of the longest reviews I have ever written but I am so bummed and shocked at the way that things ended that I just don't know what else to say.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
Having become a John Lee addict, I am tending to seek him out as a narrator because I am in love with his voice. I did read Follett's other big book: Pillars of the Earth and I enjoyed that one as well. I wouldn't have read either of these books if John Lee did not narrate.
That being said...in this book, Follett was a bit high-reaching for me. The story lines were confusing and just plain boring at times and for me there were too many political discussions and too many descriptions to battle scenes that just were not that different from the previous political discussion or battle scene. I also felt that many stereotypes were used that aren't really true: Are all Russian middle-class women whores and drunks? I doubt it. Are all British Lords so baffling, brutal and cold? I doubt that as well. Was it fun to hear John Lee do an American accent? Yes... it was. (a first for me)
Follett fans will be happy, and John Lee fans will also be satisfied. I cannot fault the narrator for the material, but I can fault Follett. Will I read the next one? Probably... but this is not "literature" and I just prefer literature to pop fiction.