yes, I would because it has a great story and it teaches us several points of view from the actors in the WW2
In 1948, in occupied Berlin, when the USSR decided to ban transit from the American-English part of occupied Berlin, in order to suppress what they called "Bribes" and this discourage what they also called Secessionist Berliners. To continue with the aid to help Germans recover their prosperity ASAP, the US-Brittish started delivering aid by airfreight, including coal, milk and other goods at great expense for almost a year, until the Soviets reopened the roads...
Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family
Yes, I have read or listened to all of his recent books, and have found them entertaining and informative. At the age of 72, I can relate to most of the history covered, and in several situations...with some first hand knowledge. His characters are well developed and help bring the history to life. Admittedly, my academic experiences were mostly focused on high tech and finance. So, for me, these historical forays are new explorations which appeal to thirsty minds. No question, I look forward to the next one.
There were many - too many to list here. I find the story of WWII incredibly interesting, and I can't read enough books about it. The intertwining of the personal family stories makes the book all the more interesting.
This is my first.
Again, there were several. I loved Lloyd Williams and Daisy. I loved the strong women - Carla and Frieda.
This is a fabulous book.
I am a huge fan of Ken Follet and read all of his books. I expected to be drawn in to the story like I was with Pillars of the Earth, but instead I felt the character development seemed superficial and the events of the times were more like bullet points. I would gladly have bought two books if he would have spent more time developing the characters and events. I was continuously comparing this read with Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance and felt like it came in a distant second place.
I enjoyed this part of the trilogy much more than Book 1. I found the characters more interesting and likeable, and the depth of the story lines more satisfying.
It was an OK listen. This book is out of the James Mitchner style saga with a character contrived to be at every turning point in World War II-from Pearl Harbor to the Manhattan Project and I sure DDay will be covered as I go along. Characters are a bit cardboard but if one is willing for suspend reality , it is ok. Not great.
Follett's books are predictable-if you have a long drive ahead and want something to listen to, this works.
I loved all of John Lee's Phillip Kerr books but discover that he cannot do an American accent and his woman's voices, particularly American, are terrible. His best is working class Brits and Russians-the reader for these books needs to have more linguistic skills than Lee...but not a deal breaker but series not outstanding.
Not on big screen...maybe as a Netflix stream.
All in all, OK, not great.
I will listen to this many times in the future. It was fantastic. Anything narrated by John Lee is impossible to "put down". Now I can't wait for the final installment to be released!
I did not read the print version so I can not judge which is best but I suspect the Audible version is better since Lee did such a good job of narration.
Ending was a little disappointing and did not lead into sequels to come.
I have listened to several of John Lee's performances. I think this was one of the best. Story here was not one of Follett's best but Lee made it worth listening to.
I would like to take the Russian Scientist out to dinner since according to the book she was a real knockout.
I learn so much, it the best history class ever! I have to say there were some parts that I just had to force myself to get through, my heart hurt so much, the wrath the Nazi's inflicted is sickening. Its part of our history. As hard as some of it is hard to read, I am so glad I did, I have such an appreciation for what all the families went through in Europe in both WW1 and WW2! Wow, I am so tied to all the characters, they have become my family! Thank you Ken Follett!
Just like Pillars of the Earth, the sequel to World Without End, I found the second installment to Follet's The Century Trilogy, to be lacking. The first book, Fall of the Giants, was so good!!! This one definitely faltered. BUT I love John Lee as narrator, even if his Russian characters all sound like vampires and his American characters sound vaguely like Al Capone. ANYWAY, I will still get the third book when it comes out.
It's worth it. If you liked the first one I think you should give the second one a try. A lot happens to the families involved.