I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
This was a nice follow-up to Fall of Giants, though nothing earth-shattering - certainly nothing compared to the Pillars of the Earth duo. At times, the storyline seemed a bit contrived as though the author attempted to hit all the highpoints of the Second World War and its aftermath, without materially adding to the page count. Personally, I think Herman Wouk did a better job of telling a similar story in The Winds of War / War and Remembrance though granted, the latter had two volumes to cover the same ground. I’ll be interested to see how Follett treats the second half of the 20th Century in the final installment of this trilogy. I foresee the final chapter being set in the summer of 1997 in Hong Kong when Britain’s 99-year lease ends and the island ceding back to China at the dawn of the 21st, I.e. the Chinese Century.
Yes, John Lee ,the narator adds a great deal to the presentation.
the changes in the characters due to the effects of war
yes, the entire Follet collection. All were excellent.
This book is amazing. It is very well written, it keeps your attention from start to finish and you become involved with the characters. John Lee, of course, does an outstanding job narrating the book.
I would compare this to World without end and pillars of the earth.
John Lee is very clear and concise in his narration. He brings a life to the characters using his own style to do so. Everything about his narration compels you to listen.
I didn't know if I would like this series as I'm not much of a history buff, but these books have just enough characters woven in the stories to make to make the books wonderful
This is one of the best books by Follett and I should mention that I have read every book he has written and enjoyed them all. However this book is better than book one of this trilogy as the characters appear to be more developed. I enjoyed Fall of Giants and Winter World is even better. Mr. Lee's narration is excellent as it was in book one of this trilogy. Hope they have Mr. Lee narrate #3!
The period of time in the story and as mentioned above, the characters.
Yes, Fall of Giants. Mr. Lee's performance is one of the reasons that this book is so good. I will be looking for other books to listen to with his narration.
Probably Daisy, She has lived among the upper class in both countries and experience the London blitz. She would be interesting.
Ken Follet is one of the best authors writing today. As I mentioned before, he writes so well that I have read or listened to every book he has written no matter what genre' or subject. I recommend his books to everyone! Can you tell that I am a fan, lol!
Follett gives us an understanding of how world events touch every aspect of human life and experience.
If you enjoyed Part I of this trilogy, Part II will not be a disappointment. The next generation in this trilogy have just as much excitement, drama, and struggle as their parents.
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.