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.
The Expectation of the continuing saga
Carla carried us through the entire book showing both her strengths & weaknesses.
Yes, John Lee narrates with much feeling.
The part of the elimination of non-Normal children.
A truly great read!
Yes, it allowed me to escape into a different world.
I already knew alot about the WWII but it was fun to experience the evnets in a more personal way than just reading the history.
He was able to let me become the characters in my mind so I could experience what they were experiencing. Sometimes I was anger at the actions of some of the characters that i like very much overall.
I loved the narrator's performance.
I love history and I really love a good story based in historical events.
It will take a while before I listen to this book again. Primarily because of the length. I didn't like how the book basically jumped from WW-1 Generation in book 1 to barely mentioning them in book 2. It worked but some kind of transition would have been preferable. It is a long story, and by the end I was comfortable with the jump and the new characters but it bothered me at first. I listen to audiobooks on my commute and on my daily dog walk. Long stories give me something to listen to that lasts a while.
Oddly enough I will listen to very long books but I am not quite so likely to read them. I do more listening than reading so I keep my "reading" books to 3-400 pages. I would never have read this book but I enjoyed listening to it.
No. way too long.
I look forward to the next book in the series. Now that I know it will jump to the next generation I am ready for it, and should probably enjoy it more.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys history and likes detailed information within the story.
The most interesting part of the story are the relationships between the characters and how they deal with the particular time in history and the events with which they are faced.
The least interesting part of the story for me, are long political sections within the story that discuss circumstances from so many angles that you lose site of the story itself. Long stretches of information on troop locations and battle formation slow down the story in places and make it a bit dull unless of course, you enjoy knowing how many troops were stationed near farms in Berlin, or small towns in Spain, or where ever. For me, those portions of the book that moved into troop movements and numbers took away from the part of the book I loved; the personal stories and how individuals reacted to the events.
My favorite character in this book is Ethel, a woman who comes from Wales and whose beginnings were humble but who manages to change her life and that of her family as the story evolves. She's clever and outspoken and John Lee reads her in a way that showcases her directness and her compassion.
This is a very, very, long book, so no. I was content to listen to it over a period of a few weeks. Sometimes it would get bogged down in details and I would have to turn it off for a while. There are so many characters and so many historical events in this one book that sometimes, I needed to take a break before moving on with it.
This contains lovely, well-written, characters and while listening to it, you get a sense of what it was like for people of various political views and different nationalities during some of the most epic events in world history. The author makes you see different points of view and even if you don't agree with the character's reasoning, you can see how they came to do what they did. I enjoyed the first part of this trilogy more than this second section, but I would recommend both of them and am looking forward to the third book in this series.