John Lee is a wonderful narrator and brings the story to life.
I happen to love WWII stories so I was preconditioned to enjoy the subject matter. I was not disappointed and wished it had gone on for another three hundred pages! Characters were well defined and all of the different stories were woven together as Ken Follet does so well. Historically quite accurate and informative which is a big plus for me.
didn't read the print version
There were too many to ignore so it is hard to pick one that stands out. I do wish that Lady Maude played a bigger role during the German occupation.
it is fun to hear his interpretation of the various characters especially the American service men.
After reading Fall of Giants, I was eager to read this 2nd part of the trilogy. And having it read by John Lee made it all the more attractive.
But now, after completing the book I am mystified and puzzled how Follett managed to forget (or else ignored) one of the most overwhelming human tragedies of that (or any other) century - the holocaust! While he poignantly described the suffering of Germans (at the hands of Red Army rapists, or gestapo Nazis for example), he somehow decided not to even mention the systematic dehumanization, exile, and extermination of millions in death camps. Maybe this topic is unpopular, or maybe he felt that others have written about it. But if this book is to be a believable piece of historical fiction, this omission just appears most glaring.
I'm obsessed with this trilogy ... At least thru book two Winter of the World.. John lee the reader is fantastic especially with his change of voices and accents. There are so many characters which Mr Lee helps us get to know thru his easy delivery.
I was blown away again. I could picture the face of every character.
This book made me think about my grandparents and all that they lived through in the 1930's and 40's. Follett always puts you in the shoes of the people he writes about and this novel is no different.
Another great book from Ken Follet, following up on the first book of the Century Triology. The story really catches you.
The narrator is great.
I will be re-listening when the third book comes out. The story is riveting and kept me glued to my phone. Love the way each family's story intertwined with the next.
The only reason I didn't give it five stars- john lee repeats character voices. However the accents made it enjoyable and easy to keep the story lines separate.
One of the best. I'm sleep deprived because I just couldn't stop.
The interconnectedness of Characters in this second generation.
John Lee is an exceptional narrator and suits Follett's books perfectly. He has that Maserpiece theater quality without sounding dry or pretentious.
I enjoyed the first novel set in WWI. It was a good (not great) overview of the events that set in motion the first world war, but this second novel too a far too superficial description of these monumental events.
But here's my biggest grip.... Ken Follett is a frustrated soft-porn, tawdry tale teller... You could almost count on his sexual frustration coming out every 5th 'page'... I wanted to read about interesting characters set in real historical context, not how sexually aroused they inevitably became all the time. It started in the first book and he continues it with abandon in this second one. I was almost waiting for Fabio to appear as one of the characters. Not for me. Because of this, I WON'T be reading the third novel when it appears. Almost enough to make me not finish it.
yes, because I have little time to read yet gobs of time in the car to listen