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
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Ken Follett has taken historical fiction to a new level. If history was presented to school children with as much excitement and empathy, this world would literally be a better place.
You will find no Fictional story with more excitement, intrigue, heroism and depth than
Not if I can help it. The lovely sound of his voice is overshadowed (for me) by his William Shatner style delivery. I expounded on this in my first review of this trilogy so I won't repeat myself.
Grigori or Volodya Peshkov - Grigori would probably be my first choice but both me, for the same reason. I feel they are cut from the same cloth (no only by genetics) but born into different times, will obviously have different fates. Both are men of honor, without many options. Unlike the British and German families, their path was not as clear. Oppressed people, even in Nazi German often have the choice to submit or fight and die. Terrible choices but clear cut. Grigori's government, country and family was so disorganized, unreliable and inconsistent that his choices weren't as clear. Volodya's not as much but similar. Both also seem less resolute and sure that his experience is the only experience worth fighting for. Both seem smart, open minded and honorable. An evening with either one would probably be stimulating and enlightening for us both.
The wait for Book 3 is tough.
I have read all of Ken Follett's books. Another one that held my interest.
I listen while commuting in my car.