Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
I had to go back and listen to The Fall of Giants before I listened to this one, my memory is awful. This was another home run by Ken Follett. In comparison to the first book, personally I think it wasn't quite as good, but still exceptional and I will read the third in this series. The characters are charismatic, cruel, and charming. Some of them bad with a little good, some good with a little bad. None of the simpering goody goody or horribly totally evil characters, they were exceptionally well rounded. I'm thinking this is a Ken Follett specialty, and as usual John Lee was a great narrator. A perfect combination.
I waited for this second book in the series and now am waiting for the third. So far, Ken Follett has never disappointed!
"Winter of the World" continues with the next generation of families from the "Fall of Giants". I enjoy the history and background Ken Follett does in his books. His insight of the conditions and treatment of Germans who do not support the politics of Hitler was interesting.
This book shows the 2nd world war from the stand point of politicians, soldiers and the public in the effected countries.
Woody Dewar because he knew what he wanted and went for it.
Yes and this time was great as well.
The death of Woody Dewar's fiancé broke my heart.
This book really opened my eyes to the way the world works then and now.
I have a new appreciation for the United Nations and believe we must all work towards getting rid of Fascism, Communism and the conservative party
I liked learning so much more about the war in Europe than one usually gets from a Western perspective. It was news to me that there was a resistance to Hitler in Germany by non-Jewish Germans. No one ever speaks of them. And getting a view of the Spanish Civil War was pretty interesting. It was a rehearsal for World War II, and yet you learn very little about it in school.
He's a pleasure to listen to for the most part, but every now and then he'll have a little rhythmic hiccup that makes it sound like he's not a native English speaker. It's a little odd. Also, his accent for the American females is a little off. He makes Daisy sound a little more shrewish and fish-wifey than she deserves. It's not so off-putting that I'd quit listening, just a bit jarring.
When do I get to listen to the next one?
Ken Follett brings history to life. His research into the causes and human motivations that bring war to our world are first-rate. Follett has become my favorite historical fiction author.
John Lee is nothing short of amazing as he brings the characters to life.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
Top 3 for sure. I couldn't stop listening. Finished it in 3 days
Follett has a way of weaving such amazing stories, characters, and history together into an addicting read/listen. The story was fantastic and did not let me down.
I wasn't fond of his American accent, but I loved the way he did Lloyd.
Well it's a little long but I did manage to finish it in 3 days. If I could have listened for 20 hours straight, I would have though. It was hard to press "pause"
I love Ken Follett. I learn so much history. His character development is amazing. He ties together many families, many generations, many countries and intertwines the history and real people of the period.
There was not one favorite character.
I just waited for each new scene.
I have read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. They followed each other by a couple of hundred years. I read Fall of Giants and am almost finished with Winter of the World. I cannot wait for the final sequel.
Ken Follett has an outstanding ability to bring history to life - even parts we might like to not recall! John Lee matches that ability with his narration.
I've now read the first two books in the trilogy - can't wait until the third one comes out. I liked this one even better than the first. The characters are all interesting and it's fun the way their lives continue to intertwine with each other. So far I've loved every Ken Follett book I've read and this one was no different - couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Even though you have some knowledge of the historical events that are about to happen, you get a more personal take on them. Even though it's fiction, it feels very real.