This storyline takes a while to get going, I think I was 1/4 done with the book before it really grabbed my attention. There are parts of the book that were some intriguing that I wish the author never strayed to one of the other characters.
My favorite was when Lev Peshkov met the English character's parents when Daisy was marrying Boyd. The sharp tongue of Lev really made that part of the book great. I think I actually clapped!
Another part of the book I loved was Greg and Jackie Jakes, this impossible relationship was very interesting to me.
I wish the war in the pacific would have gotten more attention than it did. It would have been nice to see a Japanese perspective in the book, perhaps a new family split between Japan and America.
I look forward to the next book in the series coming out on Audible.
Great historical fiction
So many! Daisy because she became a better person throughout the story.
Voices of the characters!! I would not have enjoyed it as much if I had read it rather than listed to it being read.
Maud. She sacrificed so much for love and for her family.
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.