I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
Unfortunately I am going to return this book. I found it a disappointment. Ken Follett's characters in his WW1 book, book 1 in this series, The Fall of Giants, were introduced in a way that was well written, enjoyable, rich and engaging, leaving me wanting to find out what happens next.
In this second book with WW2 as the backdrop, we are left with the children of those original characters, except this time barely any ramping up at all before jumping into their story arcs. I was left feeling very unattached them all, not caring one bit about what happened to any of them. I basically yearned to know more about their parents and felt cheated by the direction of the book. I also found the sex in the book way too over the top. At times I felt like I was reading soft core porn.
Too bad. Even so, based on the reviews and the success of Fall of Giants, I'm going to listen to the Pillars of the Earth next.
The vivid characters and their stories explain the history of the time. It makes all that occurred so understandable.
All the vivid characters and their believable relationships to each other.
I would go to dinner with Daisy and Lloyd. I related to Daisy's youthful mistakes but loved her relationship with Lloyd and his strong character.
I liked Winter of the World more than first book of the Trilogy because I like World War II history more than WWI. I enjoyed the ability to go from my Kindle to my iPhone (where the book was read to me) and back. Very nice feature. But of all the Ken Follett books I simply LOVED Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Exceptional books.
Historical fiction. Character interplays were nice.
Yes I would start with his first book and non stop through the rest
E. She was passionate, strong, compassionate, vulnerable. Every thing good in all of us
Yes he is very good with voice fluctuation and accents. However there are so many characters in this book he sometime has some sound alike
the rape and saving of Rebecca.
Almost at the top. It was a pleasure to listen to it
Lloyd and Daisy were my favorite character to follow
As in the first one, John Lee was perfect
from the Eye of the Needle, The Man from St. Petersburg, Lie Down with Lions, the Key to Rebecca and the Pillars of the Earth.
It was fascinating to hear his characters come alive in World without end. and get reacquainted with them and their children in Book 2. The only draw back in listening to a book of this multitude of characters and stories, is understanding and remembering the names and how they are interconnected. I read World Without end first and decided, before listening to Book 2, that I should purchase and listen to Book 1. I am glad I did.
I look forward to Book three.
War and Peace,
In this second book, Mr. Follet continues the stories of the families from the first book in a compelling and sympathetic way. You already know about the Nazis' rise to power, but the example of the brownshirts breaking up a political meeting gives you a feeling of what it might have been like to live through such a thing. This Winter of the World is well worth listening to.
Does Ken follett ever write something boring? He researches his work to minute detail and delivers a winner every time. This will not let you down.
I don't know, not having read the print version
The murder and disposal of the body of the young Nazi piano student
At first I was annoyed by the "upper class" diction but as time passed came to appreciate his wonderfully clear reading.
This was a gripping tale and a fine companion on a long car trip. I was six when WWII broke out and am well aware of all of the events recounted. It was a pleasure to see how Follet placed his characters inside the events and made them come alive.
This was my first audio book and I truly enjoyed it.
This is the first time I listened to John Lee and his performance was very good. I liked the different voices especially the russians.