Best audiobook I have listened to this year, and I've enjoyed quite a few great ones!
I am happy to clean my basement, do laundry, and drive the kids - this book is so terrific that I find reasons to keep listening!
The history is fascinating, and Ken Follett does a great job of interweaving the lives of these compelling characters in unexpected and interesting ways.
Kudos to John Lee for an outstanding performance -- his accents/voices make the characters come to life and help to advance the story. I am going to look for his work in the future.
Right now, though, I'm going to buy the next book in the trilogy!!
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
So far, this is the best book of the series that I've listened to so far.
It's hard to pick a favorite character because I liked something about all the characters because of how John Lee brought life to each of them. His range of believable accents were amazing, even with the female parts, I could picture the women saying the things in the way that John said them. I identified most with Ethel, who didn't allow herself to be typecasted by others.
This was my first experience listening to John Lee and all I can say is "Wow!" It took me a bit to get used to Lee's style until the character began to "talk" and he had me from that moment on.
It was hard to put my earphones away and go to bed because the story line was so riveting.
History is a weak spot for me because I didn't enjoy it as a youth. This made me wished that I read more as a youth and I might have come across great writers who made history come alive like Ken Follett does. Bravo for the performance and bravo for the duo!
We seem to come up good reasons to start wars then decide that loosing is better than stopping. The people who make money don't want to stop. If the cost is hidden many like to ride on the wagon.Victims seem to be the the only real loosers.
Avid reader turned "listener" when I had to learn to fit reading and cleaning into one nap time.
An absolutely beautiful combination if fiction and history, it is beyond entertaining, especially for those interested in world history. Loved it.
yes, Follet writes amazing stories...
Ethel, because of the causes she defends and how she does it.
This is another great epic saga from Ken Follett. As usual, he has done a superb job of researching his subject matter, and he brings to life the lives of five different intertwined families around the time of the First World war.
The character depictions are done well, and John Lee is a great narrator who has an excellent command of dialects and voices. His American accents are less convincing than his English. Welsh, Russian and German accents, but that's only a very minor flaw.
Follett manages to bring to life all of the political and social issues without being pedantic or overbearing. All the characters are related to one another by six degrees of separation, and there are some very satisfyingplot turns.
This is a book which engages the mind and the heart. It's as rich and satisfying as a seven-course meal.
I love the story. Ken Follett does a great job of connecting the characters in ways you would not immediately assume. The story has a lot of characters but it is necessary in a book of this length.
I love how he changes his voice for different characters. It makes the book more interesting to listen too.
No, the book is much to lengthy to listen to in one sitting. Personally, I like that. It is great for runners or for a long car ride!
I have to say that even though the story is compelling the narrator makes the whole experience. He is incredibly talented. There is no way I would have enjoyed this book as much if I read it and only had my own voice in my head. I will seek out books from now on that are narrated by this man.
I love stories that can bring actual history to life. This one does exactly that. This is an era of history which I studied very little about in college and it was fascinating to watch it develop.
Billy Twice (William Williams). Because he is demonstrates such good judgement and because he is a man of his convictions.
Never before, but John Lee did an incredible job with a very complex set of characters. His dialect and accents covered British aristocracy, cockney, Welsh, Russian, German, French, and American. All brought the characters to life. Masterful.
One of the best I listen to thus far
Winter of the world, writen by the same author
The emotions of characters come across and move you.
The first world war comes to life like never before.
I loved this book, it gave me more information on life during this important time than I have ever found elsewhere.