Winter of the World is classic Follett. His control of narrative, here, is as strong as ever. Unfortunately, the material is not as strong as that of Fall of Empires, the preceding book in this trilogy.
And when the narrative is so tightly controlled, the weakness of the story-line becomes more obvious. There are many arcs and themes in Winter of the World that make me want to fast forward through certain scenes, and that's rare for me when it comes to Ken Follett.
Winter of the World sometimes seems pedantic in the way that Follett is so clearly trying to educate us. In Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, the story-lines and the characters were so strong that the history just blended seamlessly with the narrative.
In Winter of the World, the history-telling sometimes overtakes the story-line, and I feel I'm being instructed, rather than immersed in a fictional world.
Still, though, this is great writing, and I'm always eager to get back to my iPod to hear more. Winter of the World may not be Follett's best, but it's still better than most historical fiction out there. I still recommend it.
Ken Follett's sweeping historical stories are captivating, but John Lee's narration is unmatched. John Lee brings the characters and their stories alive with his accents and various voices. Quite a storyteller. Looking forward to the third novel!
I love reading books but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. John Lee does the reading with so much enthusiasm and uses dialects that the whole story comes alive for you.
What I enjoyed most about this book is that it is not just fiction but also so much fact that you learn at the same time.
Every time I switched off the audio book I actually wanted to know what was coming next. Ken Follett keeps you interested the whole way through and knots one scene off and voila, the next intrigue is on its way.
A wonderful book and a MUST for all readers.
Great book, but not as good as the fallen of giants, in my opinion the personal story of the characters is more interesting but the description of the actual facts such as the battles is too general
Book 1 was most fantastic and Book 2 just continues. I love the use of language and how history is served up on a timeline. I am not a "connoisseur" of fine literature so take this review with that in mind. I enjoyed both books, am waiting for the 3rd - history came alive for me - I could "see" how so many events correlated and became the springboard for further events - more than in Social Studies Class!
Love the way Ken Follett weaves historical facts into his books while telling the story of his characters lives, allowing you to experience a tiny bit of what it must have been like to be in Europe in WWI and WWII. Enjoyable read and highly recommended.
Fall of Giants (Part I of this series). The Winds of War by Herman Wouk's. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough.
I was amazed and saddened by man's inhumanity to man and the struggle endured by them to live their lives and love their families. Stunning how throughout history people with power used it to further their own self interests and their own ilk rather than make the world better for every one.
This is a classic "Winds of War" movie and would be both enjoyable and educational.
Loved the books, saddened by the realities brought to life in them.
Yes. It brings history alive and covers some aspects you don't hear much about.
Gave vivid voices so you knew who was speaking, but didn't overdo it.
No too long.
Fell asleep too many times. Follett let me down.
Sean Connery sound alike but a waste of breath when doing the American voice
Truth of what Fascist's are all about!
Don't waste your $$$$ ££££or credits
The Pearl Harbor scenes
His ability to shift his voice to fit the character....very believeable.
Made me both laugh and cry.
Would recommend this book for high schoolers who are studying history of western civilization.....it brings the facts to life in a way that no text book could ever do. Amazing integration of historical facts into a riveting, believable prose....I was totally capitvated.
consultant and coach
There is something about hearing events you know about through the eyes of people you care about, that makes a story so profound without feeling manipulated by the author. Plus this book really moves, and I'm already wondering what these people and their children will be doing in the next book.