I'm always in awe of Ken Follett's ability to write in this epic style that grips the reader's attention throughout.
I would enjoy it more with a different narrator, however, as John Lee frequently puts his emphasis on the first word in a sentence. This is often bewildering enough to detract from the tale itself.
Two different experiences, both enjoyable. i could never compare a printed version with an audio edition or a screenplay.
The easiest choice would be Fall of Giants, but Gone with the Wind is a proper comparison.
Professional, passionate, catching.
Storm over Europe.
John's english accent.
No, the book is very long. I need breaks.
I found Book 2 to be easier to fall into the groove with. At first I was slightly disappointed that the majority of the story focused primarily the children from Book 1 who are now entering adulthood. The main characters from book 1 are woven into the story and actually create more overall depth. It was great, no disappointment at all.
Performance was ok it was the content that disappointed me
I would have actually added a little more detail. In the first in the series the author really took you "inside" the lives of the characters
Fantastic narration and detailed story telling from many perspectives. I loved getting the different perspectives from characters in England, Germany, Russia, and America.
Carla was my favorite character because she was so courageous.
He did them all well, even the female characters.
Carla, because she did everything she could to defeat the Nazi's.
I also enjoyed "Pillars of the Earth".
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!