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
and a penny for your thoughts
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.
Retired military, avid cyclist, Rotarian.
Compelling, realistic, educational
Many, many memorable moments. Human nature accurately portrayed with all of it's surprises.
Most of them. All are wonderfully done.
The sacrifice by the main Russian character.
If Ken Follett writes it or John Lee reads it, I'm in!
At the top of the list.
The characters were believable!
I liked most of the story. Although I know most of the historical background I still enjoyed listening.
I've read most of Follett's books so this was the first time I listen to his story. It was quite enjoyable!
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I really like how Ken Follett develops his character. By the end of the book I really felt as though I knew his characters and I was interested in all that happened to them. Very interesting and fun read.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I've read all Follett's other big trilogies and I recommend them. The Pillar's of the Earth and World without End were better, at least I connected more with the characters, but I really enjoyed The Fall of Giants.
Winter of the World stands on its own but is the second in the Century Triology. I didn't remember the connections between the first book very well, but it didn't seem to matter. A nice bonus in the first trilogy is how the characters are all connected to a place and it's easier to see the connections between families in the earlier and later times. This book doesn't have that because of the nature of the world at this time, families are moving and the book covers much more geography.
The broad physical range of the characters in the story is a strength in the book but, for me, make it less easy to connect to the previous book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it. The writing was good, the narration too. The story was complex and compelling and the characters were varied and interesting.
I doubt i'll buy another fen follet book. I feel he's highly overrated. When I first read pillars of the earth it was fresh enough but now I see he's pretty much a one trick pony. Every book has the same characters under different names.
Most of the minor characters are completely forgettable and uninteresting. The main characters he spends most of the time are the same archetypes he keeps re-using
The story is just a rehash of real history seen from the fictional ground floor - but since he keeps moving prospective to various characters the story stays very generic.
Harry turtledove already did this story- and better- at least there the history was changed so your interested in seeing what happens next- here there is no anticipation of events as you know exactly what will happen, and i couldn't care less what happens to any of these characters.
I am struggling just to keep listening to this book let alone read it.
I been more and more disinterested with every follet book i buy, this will be the last.
Very interesting tale related to the first and second world wars.
Nice job keeping the characters separate.