This is a great series and all the SUPERLATIVES are 100% right on... I can add no more as to the quality of the story and the narration. This is a story meant to be absorbed and meditated on. The characters are soooo real and the trial and tribulations make you question how they survived and how can so called civilized societies commit such atrocities... Many great and brave characters as well as scoundrels... But I will always think of Carla, her bravery, self sacrifice, and tenacity to keep trying to make the world a better place. Carla is my hero!!! I highly enjoyed and recommend this book. It is heart wrenching at times and will bring a tear to your eye...
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It reads like socialist propaganda. Follett apparently thinks Nazism was NOT socialism. THAT fact alone, but there are plenty of other inaccuracies and outright lies, was enough to make me want to quit this book. I stayed to the end and am now dumber for having done so. I am very disappointed and it now makes me wonder how much spin he put in Pillars of the Earth.
Tell a story, not write propaganda.
It COULD have been a great story... it failed.
I would of spent the same amount of time reading the book, so from this perspective I was able to read and drive at the same time.
The end - when I no longer had to hear John Lee!
Use a different narrator.
No - I do not believe you could encapsulate the breath and scope of this book in to a 2-3 hour movie without substantially chopping up the plot.
John Lee is horrible as a narrator for this novel. His monotone repetitive english accent makes for a most unejoyable 30 hours of narration. I am relatively new to Audible and what I learned from hearing this novel is to sample the narrator before buying the entire novel. Honestly, if I would of done that, I would not have purchased the Audible version and just read the novel and most likely have had a much better impression of the novel overall.
This was not simply my opinion, anyone in the car on our rides that was exposed to this would basically say the same thing "How can you possibly listen to this!" "Put your headphones on please and do not expose us to this!"
WWII stories and Mysteries make me Happy!
I hate history, and i hate long books. This book is long and is about historic events, but it's SO good! it intertwines these families and their love lives and romance, and attitudes, that only Ken Follet could write! he makes me want to go back to the 1940s even just for a moment!
John lee's Narration was superb, the voices, the accents, the attitude! i love this book~!
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.