For anyone wondering where the missing audio comes in it is before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Volotya is talking to Gregorie, I can't remember what about exactly, and all of a sudden it jumps to the middle of the Pearl Harbour attack. Hope that helps.
As usual, Ken Follett is a great story teller. He brings history to life. A must listen if you like Ken's other books.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
"The Fall of Giants" was a great book. I have been reading every book I can find about WW1 and this was one of the great ones. "Winter of the World" takes us into WWII and up to the cold war. I was a bit disappointed that Follett did not put as much emphasis on the social changes as he did in the "Fall of Giants" but he did put emphasis on what people or individuals had to do to survive in impossible situations. As in the first book this book follows the five interrelated families, American, German, Russian, English and Welsh. The book starts with the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Hitler. The key historical figures are not forgotten but also play a roll in the book such as, Churchill, Stalin, Hitler and FDR and Truman. He does cover some of the less well known aspects of the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the war in the Pacific but the major part of the war was based on the war of the eastern front. He does show how much more Russia did in the war when most English language book focus on the roll of England and America on the western front. John Lee did a great job narrating the book. Follett has left me wanting volume #3. Both of Follett's books are worth reading every few years or so, there is much to learn in the re-reading of a series like this one.
Epic historical novel
This is very similar to Fall of Giants because of it's historical passage through time. I love how the author weaves the fictional characters with the historical people.
The bombing of Pearl Harbour was one of my favorite scenes.
I like to listen to this book in parts to stop and dig out more historical facts about the time period.
The continuation of the family characters from the first book. The character development is great.
I like that Follett's characters grew, yet their basic personalities did not change drastically. They remained themselves, entirely believable.
John Lee is just great to listen to.
This was a great read and an educational experience as well.
The narrator, John Lee does a superb job always
I’ll gladly read this book again when I have another 32 hours to devote to it. You don't want to miss any of the story and characters. I will recommend it to my book club.
I have read all of Ken Follett’s latest books (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Fall of Giants) and they are all epic, educational and wonderful. I can't think of anyone else who writes on this scale and keeps you totally immersed and totally entertained. I was a history major in college, yet I have learned so much with each of these reading experiences. Winter of the World covers pretty much the expanse of time I have been alive through WWII, and I still discovered things I didn’t know.
The depiction of multiple atrocities committed by soldiers and fellow citizens in the guise of love of country were chilling. It makes the point that it can happen anywhere, and we can never take our freedom and liberties for granted. I especially enjoyed the dialogue Valodja and Zoya had while discussing the Sears Catalog he brought back from America.
I really missed the characters in this story at book's end. Follett makes you care about them.
Character development and the pace of the story
A wonderful voice
I love to listen in the car to and from work. It makes the trip nearly a pleasure.
Man's inhumanity to man. Yet the character's ability to maintain a sense of empathy amongst the cruelty.
Always enjoy John Lee. His voicing is seamless to the point of invisibility to the telling.
I love the development of all of Follett's characters. He takes the reader back in time and gives an unbiased look at what it would be like to live through WWII. As the reader you the story is brought to life through the characters' experiences.
This is a wonderful book about WWII that is objective and not biased. It really gives the reader the perspective of what it means to be at war, what leads to it for every country involved, without having the story being navigated with a political agenda. Also Follett provides the human experience of what it is to live through the war on different continents.
Absolutely, especially those who are into history!
Unbroken, another History lesson, well told.
With all of the numerous generations, nationalities, multiple families, historical events that intertwined them all, it would be difficult to pick one character out of so many excellent ones.
Appropriately named, and if I had time to search my mind for a better one, I doubt I would succeed.
Just an excellent choice.