Someone who is interested more in historical details than plot structure. I loved his other books.
I just couldn't relate to many of the characters.
John Lee's performance brings the story to life and makes it easy to lose oneself in the lives of the characters. A much richer experience by audio.
Impossible to pick just one favorite character. Ethel Williams, Maude & Walter are definitely at the top of the list, along with Gus and his son.
Many terrific moments - I was especially moved by the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Can't wait for the third installment of the trilogy!!!
3 kids, 2 moms, 2 dogs, 1 GREAT husband all in one house. Busy life - listening to books is the best escape I have found since I can't seem to find the time to read.
Informative, led me to look into some historical facts in more detail.
Daisy - I identified with her and the similarities in our personalities.
I always enjoy books that challenge me and motivate me to learn more about the subject.
One of the best. Started out a little slow but got better every minute. dispite being so many
hours I never got bored.
Lloyd and Daisy
To many to list
Yes, if I had time. Listened every chane I got.
I never write book reviews (and English is not my first language) but this time I just have to vent my feelings.
The book is generally enjoyable to listen to but some of the characters I find so completely unrealistic that I think they are intellectually offensive. I am sorry if I sound tough but my grand father was in Auschwitz and my grand mother was captured by the Red Army soldiers in 1945 and I tend to take this subject matter rather seriously.
The author makes his characters either good or evil, as judged by the standards of modern, Western audience. Thus he is completely missing the chance to present the perspectives that people would have had at the time - and consequently intellectually challenge the modern audience. How representative of the German society of the time is for instance Karla, spying for the Soviets, saving Jews, volunteering to get raped by the Soviets and giving birth to the rapist's child? And her boy friend, also spying for the Soviets, adopting the rapist child as his own and raising one happy family with Karla? And Volodia being discussed at the Soviet propaganda at the Eastern front?
There are plenty of good diaries of people who lived at the time to gain some idea how the vast majority of people felt at the time. I find it very frustrating because the tragedy of WW2 can teach us so much about ourselves - perhaps even help us being less self righteous. This book is certainly no help in this respect.
I found the narration in English very good; I was not sure about imitating the accents though; they don's sound real to anybody familiar with German or Russian accents.
Learning and relearning history. This reading made understanding the World War more simple.
Lloyd, he was a good man.
Daisy, she says it like it is.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Absolutely! This is the second book in a trilogy and filled with great characters and well known history along with little known facts. This book is wonderfully written and narrated. A must for anyone interested in history.
This is a book that James Michener would have written if he still lived. I would compare it to Hawaii, but split into 3 books instead of just one big one.
The same character development and interwoven history.
He is my favorite reader and this is one of his best. My husband recently said that all my books sound the same, and that is because if I see John Lee as narrator I am apt to buy the book!
When Werner comes back and sees Karla with a baby. It nearly broke my heart when she had to explain to him what happened and his reaction. The whole story is full of bits like that.
Can't wait for the next one!
What accuracy. Such an interesting look into the dynamics of the countries involved in WWII. Its kinda spooky hearing some of the parallels to things happening now. A great long credit worthy listen and I cant wait for the next one!
Very good historical fiction - a great followup to Fall of Giants. Learned things I didn't know about the Spanish Civil war and the Fascists vs Nazis. Interesting character development.
yes, because it lulled me to sleep
stopped listening to it 3/4 through it
sorry, do no know other narrators as of yet
yes, but only because I did like reading the first of the trilogy.
the accents in langueges and male or female were irratating as they were very false. Still not convinced if I like the audiobook as it is now offered. In this reading it was not better than a computer reading and the computer reading is free.
I will continue to try it in the other books I have bought.
Changing voices for each charecter would be fenominal - but probably to expensive.