I struggled in the sixties to get a college education, barely graduated, spent a life in the phone company as a technician in a call center.
World War II
Before you ever make a comment on a blog or facebook again, about politics, about the USA, about its history of military actions around the world, please, read this book. It will change your mind for the better, and help you understand the USA so much better. Promise.
I've been a big fan of Mr. Follett's since I read Pillars of the Earth so many years back. This was my first audiobook via Audible, and I must say from John Lee's excellent narration, to the compelling narratives which wind together in the style I've always loved, this book was a great way to jump into the world of audiobooks.
As usual this story follows a few characters from before the beginning of WWII to a few years afterwards. There is love and tragedy, sadness and joy. Bombs are dropped, battles are fought, and there is not a desired detail left out.
It's a long one, of course, but which of his books aren't? Totally worth the time. This is a must listen.
One can always tell that Ken Follett studies his history. Both the stories and history intertwined in this novel are very descriptive and believable. His books are always superb.
John Lee acts out the characters' voices very well!
The sweep and intertwining of characters, families, countries and political events gives the reader a sense of the impact of time on people and people on their tunes. The characters are vivid and while complicated, I think he gets the right amount of core characters versus side characters. I'm happy that some of the people on the wrong side are swept up through misunderstanding. I also find it hopeful that some of the people standing up for the right survive through the worst of it.
This is the era of my parents andd grandparents -- I think I understand something more about their time and lives.
Follett has a touch for description that doesn't distract from the story but brings it more to life.
Maude gives up the shallow for the things that are most important. She's a survivor with a sense of right and wrong that I can identify with.
Sometimes the narrator and the writer are very much in synch with each other. Lee and Follett are inseparable in my mind. His notion of the accents and voice tones ring especially true. It amuses me that he uses such a nasal tone for the American accents (this is common with British narrators) But I love his Welsh, Eaton, Russian and German accents.
Call of Tyrants
I was only able to listen to the story on the abridged copy, because the Audible copy came all jumbled up, ie the parts were not in order so the story did not make sense. I don't see why you won't sell the unabridged copy in CDs as you did the abridged copy. It certaily was NOT any cheapser to download it inspite iof the fact you did not use any packing material or postage, or CDs. I fellt cheated.
Yes. It has a wide cast of characters that continues from The Fall of Giants. I do not think the characters are as interesting as The Fall of Giants but it is still an awesome book.
Following the lives and circumstances of the characters during WWII
The distinct voice of the characters.
History as told through the lives of passionate characters.
I enjoy history , this is a way to get an inside view to many of the events that led up to WWII . Frightfully, you may find a lot in common with what went on in Germany and Russia with what seems to be happening in the US today.
I enjoyed this second installment in the trilogy, but found it tedious in the beginning -- a much slower start than in Fall of Giants.
While hearing or reading about the Holocaust sickens and horrifies me, I was disappointed that a mere half page or so was spent on discussion of the the Holocaust -- almost as an afterthought, it seemed. How do you tell the story of WWII without examining the Holocaust? I recognize that there is much to examine between 1933 and 1949, but I think Follett failed as a historical novelist by only giving the Holocaust the very briefest of mentions. Another failure: how can there be no mention of kamikazes?
So why do I still give it four stars? Well, Follett barely mentioned the Holocaust and didn't mention kamikazes at all, but the stories he did tell were well told. I look forward to the next installment in the trilogy. In a sense, I almost give Follett a pass on the Holocaust issue because it has been so well covered by other authors and he examined the other issues that are rarely touched upon. As usual with Follett, the character development (and growth) was excellent, despite a large cast of characters.
I listened to the audio version narrated by John Lee and found his narration superb, as it was in Fall of Giants. Five starts for performance.
One of my favorites. I also listed to the first 2. This one is just as riveting. The author makesone feel that you r living thru that time.
The reader is such an important part of the story. I have stopped listening to stories when the persons voice is strident or too much of an accent.
Daisy. She is so feisty and I felt she changed the most. For the better!
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.