I had forgotten just how much I enjoy epic novels by Ken Follett. This was my first one on audible, but can't wait to start listening to the others I have read in the past.
This book is fast moving and exciting. I love the characters and was so glad they extended from the 1st book in the series. This has helped me have a greater understanding of WWII and an overall understanding of history. I especially like how the author gives a global perspective. The narrator is a genius and has perfected dozens of complicated accents. I highly recommend this audio book!!
Of an even more fantastic book. I have listened to his first one in this trilogy and was hooked from the beginning. Now I am on to the next. Happy reading.
Though everyone in all the various families of the world powers conveniently have political interests or connections I found this book thoroughly engrossing. Listened for hours at a time.
I heard stories like those told in this book throughout my childhood. History books tell us "what " happened, but this wonderful series tells us how it "felt" . Priceless!
John Lee's voices, accents, and characters are impeccable. Each is differentiated and exact. He paints brilliant portraits with his voice and brings each scene to dramatic life. He's a brilliant reader.
The story itself is engaging if you're a history buff. I really enjoy the way he looks at an era of history through the lifetime of the people who made it. Though, often times his language is anachronistic and all the main characters' politics (social, personal, and otherwise) are always in keeping with modern sensibilities. While I appreciate how he writes strong willed, ambitious, sexually confident women and sensitive, modest, forward thinking men, all the characters fit the same mold.
Now, I'm far from a prude, but I felt there was too much sex. I'd guess there are at least twenty references to "young, erect penises" and though I happen to a fan of said members, hearing an old, distinguished English gentleman describe vivid sex scenes between barely legals got creepy.
If you read the first book, get the second.