Love the way Ken Follett weaves historical facts into his books while telling the story of his characters lives, allowing you to experience a tiny bit of what it must have been like to be in Europe in WWI and WWII. Enjoyable read and highly recommended.
Fall of Giants (Part I of this series). The Winds of War by Herman Wouk's. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough.
I was amazed and saddened by man's inhumanity to man and the struggle endured by them to live their lives and love their families. Stunning how throughout history people with power used it to further their own self interests and their own ilk rather than make the world better for every one.
This is a classic "Winds of War" movie and would be both enjoyable and educational.
Loved the books, saddened by the realities brought to life in them.
Yes. It brings history alive and covers some aspects you don't hear much about.
Gave vivid voices so you knew who was speaking, but didn't overdo it.
No too long.
Fell asleep too many times. Follett let me down.
Sean Connery sound alike but a waste of breath when doing the American voice
Truth of what Fascist's are all about!
Don't waste your $$$$ ££££or credits
The Pearl Harbor scenes
His ability to shift his voice to fit the character....very believeable.
Made me both laugh and cry.
Would recommend this book for high schoolers who are studying history of western civilization.....it brings the facts to life in a way that no text book could ever do. Amazing integration of historical facts into a riveting, believable prose....I was totally capitvated.
consultant and coach
There is something about hearing events you know about through the eyes of people you care about, that makes a story so profound without feeling manipulated by the author. Plus this book really moves, and I'm already wondering what these people and their children will be doing in the next book.
I liked it since he is not trying to detail too much the history. The story makes it interesting!
sadly, this book does not keep up with the "Fall of Giants". It's ok, it's a good diversion when you are bored, but the story teems with stereotypes, describes brutality in great detail, has several very similar and repetitive sex scenes and even some historical mistakes.
Intermittently there are good scenes and descriptions, but it lacks the density and development of good stories such as the "Fall of Giants" or the "Pillars of the Earth". Rather, it's a motley of stories and scenes that jump ahead and back, which also makes it hard to follow a general storyline.
The reader also mispronounces German words and names, which is a shame in a book of this volume and price.
Overall, I would say it might have been better to make three books out of all that material, research more thoroughly, and go easy on stereotypes....
Listen to it, if you want to know what happened to all the people from the "Fall of Giants". Don't bother, if you are interested in the complex history of WWII and what lead up to it.
The graphic depiction of the London bombing from street level was intense. Seeing it through the eyes of the character and learning how it transformed her was incredible.
The vocal changes helped make the story flow. The lilt in places really separated the classes of people in a believable way.
War is personal, at every level of social strata.
Unsatisfying sweeping epic
This is a follow up to Follett's last book, Fall of Giants, and I was excited to keep following the characters through the end of WWI and through WWII. As always the story is engaging, the characters rich and narration excellent. Least interesting was that there was more sex in this book, which really didn't add anything, in my opinion. Not a prude or anything, I just felt like it sometimes kept the story dragging.
John Lee is excellent and does well in this novel.
Hard to pick just one, but I liked when the nurse of a Nazi hospital dares to put her life at risk to right a terrible wrong.
Loved this book until the end, which was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I know the story will continue in his next book, but Fall of Giants ended much better than this one - it just drops off and leaves you unsatisfied after such a time commitment.