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.
He transports us in time and we live the events he describes.
It is true Ken Follette in the style of Pillars of The Earth. You will relive theses events of the twentieth century
You must read all three books on the trilogy and see what you may have missed of the twentieth century
Story was great up to and including Chapter 112, whereafter the story disappeared and all I could hear was beeps.
What I love the most about Winter of the World is how Follett weaves this fantastic web of characters and how their lives are from all different walks of life, and how they interact in almost a serendipitous way.
That's difficult to say because there isn't really any other book that I have read like it. Perhaps "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingslover. This is the best example that I can't think of because the story is narrated from several different character points of view, and both historical fictions take place during very turbulent times.
John Lee does a great job of establishing the different characters by using different accents and slight variations in his voice, but not making it feel forced.
The moments that moved me often pertained to Maude and her love for her older son.