I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
High School and college history was so boring to me. I studied to pass the exams but this novel by Ken Folletet allowed me to better appreciate how WWII evolved , escalated, and ended. I also got a better insight into the human effects it fostered, e.g. hybris and ethonocentricity in its worst form. I learned that the human pain of this period of world history is a lesson to us all to not repeat the worst of human actions while inspiring us to foster the best of human bravery and tenacity for the sake of freedom.
The interwoven lives of the characters that I became so familiar with in the first book, Fall of Giants, gives a life to the WWII time period that I've never experienced before.
So much history, so many dates, places and events all revealed with an incredible focus on humanity.
Incredible ability to put on an accent from any culture. I knew which character was speaking by his dialects.
No...just incredibly sympathetic for the plight of Europeans during this time period.
Can't wait for Book #3!!!
Yes. I learned so much history. The story wound through the history was very captivating and plausible.
Hard to single out any one section.
Some of the characters would be hard to find as a favorite. They were so evil. John Lee is amazing with his accents. I guess Maude would be my favorite. I even backed up to see if he had brought in a female to read her parts.
Stealing the batle plan.
I highly recommend this book to those who like myself are interested in history and want to learn about world's important events but may get bored if they just grab a history book and want to read. Having a very attractive novel with the reliable history makes it all together a very interesting book. You will be amused while you are learning a lot.
Lady Mold for her being a tough woman going through all the difficulties of life because she believed in her true love.
Yes, the pillars of the earth and the fall of giants and he is great. nothing's compared to his performance.
yes it sure was.
I was so sorry to have this series come to a premature end. It will be hard to wait until 2014 for the Third in the series!
I enjoyed ‘Winter of the World’ very much. I found this book to be very entertaining and I will definitely purchase the third installment when it is available.
The Century Trilogy novels will probably not become classics in the same way we consider ‘The Good Earth’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ as classics. This is why I am more inclined to give ‘Winter of the World’ four stars. There is not a poignant message in Ken Follett’s books – they are just entertaining in the same way a good movie is entertaining.
There were times when I lost interest in what was going on in the story (particularly during the drawn-out war scenes), but these moments were rare. I appreciate the length of the Century Trilogy books – I want my credit to go as far as possible (as long as I enjoy the book). I also enjoy how Follett ties in his fictional characters to real-world historical events. A few moments in the book seemed so outlandish to me I laughed aloud, but there were many more “real” moments than not.
John Lee is a fantastic narrator. I don’t know how he pulls off so many different characters, but he does it well.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
I've been eagerly awaiting this since Fall of Giants and I wasn't disappointed. Don't start here though--you need Fall of Giants to really understand all the characters here. Fantastic listen with the perfect narrator for KFollett books. The voices are distinguishable and never annoying regardless of gender. Like any mid-book of a trilogy, there is a troubling sense when it's done. Hope book 3 comes soon--I'll buy it day 1.
There is no question what Mr. Follett’s politics are and they come out so clearly in this trilogy. He presents anyone who is more conservative than JFK as an evil monster bent on only grabbing for more money and power while every character to the left of Joe Stalin as the most perfect and beautiful heroic characters that you wish they were the leaders of the free world. Thank goodness this is a fictional work as we all know this is not the actual history as it developed in the 20th Century.
Sure, but I recognise he writes with pure politics in mind...
Yes, tanlented man.
frustrated Florida gardener
Telling the story from many different points of view. Unpredictability. An emotional rollercoaster.
Reminded me of Winds of War, but this had more historical accuracy and less romanticism.
My favorite scene was in Berlin when trying to obtain the plans for the next Russian offensive from the soldier/piano student. My anticipation of the next move made me breathless.
A Crusade Against Evil.
Highly recommend Ken Follett's epic tales.
Ken Follett at his best. I loved this audio book. Mr Lee as usual was at his best. A wonderful audio book.