I loved the characters and the way they were woven into the history of WWII. It is an amazing feat when an author can do lengthy stories such as this one and the other series as well as write amazing spy novels. Ken Follett is a terrific author.The best part of Winter of the World is how Daisy grows into such a remarkable woman; and how Carla is able to step up and protect her family, yet still love her totally obnoxious brother. The characters truly come alive under John Lee's narrative.
I think of Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Lots of similarities. I've read them both but will listen to them one of these days.
yes. I liked Mr. Lee's performance. He brought the characters to life and was able to do all the voices in all the dialects beautifully.
It is hard to pick out just one character because they all had such remarkable 'stories' but it's hard to not focus on Lloyd Williams since he was quite an amazing young man. He was loyal to his roots but able to adapt to the changes around him. He also waited for Daisy to grow up and recognize him as the man for her. There were so many strong characters in this book....even when selecting the wrong direction to follow, the characters were strong, if misguided.
I can't wait for the next installment. Ken Follett does such a great job with these massive historical books. I was hesitant when I read some of the reviews that said he had phoned it in. He didn't. This book is worth all the time it will take you to read it.
Maybe. It is complex enough that we might revisit it again.
I think it was better than The Fall of Giants, but a close comparison.
Ken Follett does a wonderful job of writing the history of wars between 1930's and 1950's. Through rich characters we see the effects of war on the US, British, Russians and Germans. Lives are torn apart, brought together, loves are won and lost through these countries as their citizens endure horror and hardships of war.
Should one just read the actual history for the time, one would miss the individual emotions, the mind numbing acceptance of some people and why, the breaking of hearts, the turmoil in families, the devastation to both land and humans, the fierceness of beliefs, the bravery, the self serving actions of some and the political thought behind some actions. Follett brings all of these things to life in his characters and descriptions.
Get ready for a long ride, but be sure not to miss a minute.
This is definitely in the top 10 for audio books.
I love that I am learning so much about historical culture. Ken Follett has an amazing ability to really bring a story to life. He describes the details you didn't think you needed to know, but somehow make a very vivid picture.
I recently began searching out books narrated by John Lee (that's how good he is). He flows between characters effortlessly & I can tell who's talking by his accents for each character. John Lee is the best narrator I have listened to yet!
Among the best I have heard.
Great story intertwined with historical events. Careful, time will pass in a hurry.
As the World War Turns.
Near the top of the list.
As good as the first book in the series. A can't miss purchase. I can hardly wait for the third book.
What I enjoyed about the listen was the excellent change in character and inflection in the narrator's voice. He invoked the feelings of pain and sorrow as well as heartfelt happiness. Great narrator!
The account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor was so moving and sad. The description of the event made me feel as if I were living that horrible attack in history.
Lloyd Williams and Ethel Williams were my two favorite characters. They were distinctly performed by John Lee. Excellent job!
Cycles of Power!
I truly can't wait for the third book!
Yes,Follett does not allow you to get board. John Lee takes words and makes then pictures.
History made personal with people that are believable.
He makes each one seam real. No favorite. If you took any character away you would loose a part of another character. You would have gray instead of color
Follett get better with every book!