I wanted to love this book. The author and the narrator are usually very dependable. But Follett dropped the ball here. A good rule of fiction is that too many coincidences make a work implausible, and there are WAY too many coincidences in the book. I really got the feeling that I was watching Forest Gump, where every interesting event of the time period had the same people at the center. I don't want to ruin it for others by listing out the ridiculousness of these things, but suffiice it to say, when people routinely meet up half way around the world by happen chance, it strains credulity.
Also, unlike many of Folletts other works, the characters in Winter aren't consistent, and their actions often come out of the blue. I kept finding myself saying "that didn't make any sense."
The narration was the only bright spot of the book.
Ken Follet has done a wonderful job in creating the characters in this tumultuous story of World War II.
It is a very well researched book and well narrated by John Lee.
Its a long book, but once it grips you, you cannot wait to listen to it for long stretches.
Another well written and researched book. The characters were believable, I thought some might have been relatives of mine. I was young during WW II but the book matched my memory of the events.
After finishing the first in this series, Fall of Giants, this second book, principally about WWII, was as good and possibly a little better. I find these Ken Follett books a great way to get a feel for history with the advantages of reading a novel. It has engaging characters, a good story, and the narrator is excellent.
Was surprised how the book focus so little on the 1 generation from the 1 first of the sequal. Winter of World really covers a differant period (WW2) and again from the young adult, children, of the 1st book characters. Daisy grew the most. Vernon & Carla were the most steady.
Really enjoyed the performance. Amazing reading of the British, Russian and American accepts to help picture characters.
I had moments of laughter and shead the odd tear. Was mostly moved with tension listening to the implications to varying political decisions and practical responses. The world has seen such simaltanious varying civilian treatments!
I just wanted to add my review to the multitude of others. I read the first book in the Century Trilogy for a book club and was hooked. When Winter of the World was released, I snapped it up.
I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and particularly not a fan of the writing style that features multiple unrelated characters that end up being tied together. The fact that I give both the story and the performance 5 stars should tell you exactly how good this book is. I eagerly await the release of the final book and will buy it in audiobook form.
Yes. Exceptional historical story telling.
Historical accuracy yet entertaining.
Follet does not disappoint.
The immense skill and craftsmanship of the author of telling a story so spell binding that it is remembered for years. Historical accuracy is spellbinding.
Cannot sngle out just one.
Panzer battle scenes.
Yes but it is way to long
This is the best bargan I ever got from audible.
Winter of the World is one of my all time favorites. Having read or listened to Ken Follett's other novels this one continues with characters and locations from his previous works and adds believable characters interconnected by family, location and the rapidly changing politics of Germany, Russia, England, France and the United States. It is so much more than a history lesson and compelling from the outset to the last sentence spoken by John Lee. The characters are intertwined by family and divided by ruling governments and wars.
The sequence at Pearl harbor, though sad, was my favorite moment of the book. I won't say much about it for fear of spoiling that moment for another listener.
There were more tears than laughter.
This is a must listen!