Credible retelling of major historical events with fictional characters. History is after all the combination of everyone's story.
When Follet relates the events of Christmas day when the common soldiers stopped fighting.
No. He brought the story to life with the varying accents of the characters.
With historical fiction I am always left wondering where the history ends and the fiction begins! Or vice versa.
Several reviewers indicated that this book was slow or boring but I did not find it so. I was captivated by the characters and various story lines. The book and the narration was excellent. I can't wait to start book 2.
I just wanted to add my review to the multitude of others. I read this book in the Century Trilogy for a book club and was hooked. When Winter of the World was released, I also snapped it up.
I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and particularly not a fan of the writing style that features multiple unrelated characters that end up being tied together. The fact that I give both the story and the performance 5 stars should tell you exactly how good this book is. I eagerly await the release of the final book and will buy it in audiobook form.
Don't know. Read Pillars of the Earth. I would say reading is typically better than audio. When the narration is as good as this, it is very close.
Ethel's brother is a hero of hero's
the book gave me a new sense of political thoughts relative to socialism, haves and have nots, freedom and progressive treatments.
the fast and involving action
The battle of the Marne.
The accents bring the book to life.
Ethel Williams is one of the most memorable and interesting caracters.
Jast starting the second book, and am looking forward to the story. The interplay of historical events entwined with the ficticious lives of the characters makes this story belivable.
This novel weaves together the stories of 5 families from Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States during the lead up to WWI until just before WWII. Fall of Giants beautifully highlights class and cultural differences during this time in history. Follet develops his characters in such an easy and enjoyable fashion that the long book is over too quickly. Fortunately, the sequel is just as enjoyable. John Lee does a perfect job as narrator.
A very compelling work.
Impersonal history made compelling through true to life circumstances and characters!
The opening chapter did it for me, I was suched into a new world!
The authors ability to pull the reader into the world of the families
The descriptive narratives of WWi
Xmas on the battlefield
Fabulous story but when it was over I did not have the same sense of leaving a family as I did with Pillars of the Earth
This is an extremely good book. It's not the subject matter I would generally enjoy reading, but it is very well done and I found it fascinating. I can't wait for the third one.
The narriator for this book is amazing with the different voices. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
Don't want to give anything away. The stories of all the characters and how they all come is so well told. Every second of this book kept me wanting more.
The voices of the characters. He does a fantastic job with the different accents around the world.
Not sure. That name is almost perferct for the story.
Can't wait to listen to Winter of the Worlds.