Yes. The combination of well researched historical data combined with so many colorful and developed characters make this both entertaining and educational.
Pillars of the Earth, and Fall of Giants both because of the well developed characters and well researched history.
It meshes well with the characters from the previous book while also introducing a lot of new characters. World War II is also one of the most dramatic time periods of modern history and one of my favorite to read about so listening to hit from a historical fiction perspective was very interesting. And of course there is plenty of action. I was a bit disappointed that some aspects of the war were skimmed over or only mentioned rather than really experienced by any of the characters. Dunkirk, Stalingrad and the D-Day landings were among these moments that I had really been looking forward to hearing more about, but were only mentioned by the characters. I think this was partially deliberate on Follett's part though. These events have been written about thousands of times from every possible perspective so instead he gives us a glimpse into some of the less well known aspects of these events.
Typical Ken Follett
The good guy (almost) always wins. Plus, you can tell Follett does his homework, I always learn something new from reading Follett books.
I always love John Lee, he does well differentiating different character voices.
Five families, four countries, World War II
Dear John Lee, please call me before you do another Buffalo accent! I am a Buffalo native (who has moved away and come back) so I know how the Buffalo accent sounds. Daisy and Greg sounded like gangsters from Brooklyn in a 1930s film . Buffalo's accent is more mid-western, less NYC. The accent you used was so wrong I laughed outloud, which then made me feel bad, because I really love your work.
I have not read the print version, so I cannot compare. I enjoyed the Fall of Giants, the first book of the trilogy, better than this one.
Seeing the impact of the society and war on regular people provides some insight into the period of time.
He is wonderful. His change of accents is flawless which assists greatly in following dialog. He should definitely be kept for the next volume.
Carla von Ulrich, Lloyd Williams, or Daisy Peshkov. Carla's brave act to protect the unknown girl and her love for the child standout as extraordinary actions.
The transitions from the first book could have been better in spots to remind the reader where a character originated. I tend to forget over a few months. A family history chart might be a nice printout addition.
For anyone wondering where the missing audio comes in it is before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Volotya is talking to Gregorie, I can't remember what about exactly, and all of a sudden it jumps to the middle of the Pearl Harbour attack. Hope that helps.
As usual, Ken Follett is a great story teller. He brings history to life. A must listen if you like Ken's other books.
Epic historical novel
This is very similar to Fall of Giants because of it's historical passage through time. I love how the author weaves the fictional characters with the historical people.
The bombing of Pearl Harbour was one of my favorite scenes.
I like to listen to this book in parts to stop and dig out more historical facts about the time period.
The continuation of the family characters from the first book. The character development is great.
I like that Follett's characters grew, yet their basic personalities did not change drastically. They remained themselves, entirely believable.
John Lee is just great to listen to.
This was a great read and an educational experience as well.
The narrator, John Lee does a superb job always
I’ll gladly read this book again when I have another 32 hours to devote to it. You don't want to miss any of the story and characters. I will recommend it to my book club.
I have read all of Ken Follett’s latest books (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Fall of Giants) and they are all epic, educational and wonderful. I can't think of anyone else who writes on this scale and keeps you totally immersed and totally entertained. I was a history major in college, yet I have learned so much with each of these reading experiences. Winter of the World covers pretty much the expanse of time I have been alive through WWII, and I still discovered things I didn’t know.
The depiction of multiple atrocities committed by soldiers and fellow citizens in the guise of love of country were chilling. It makes the point that it can happen anywhere, and we can never take our freedom and liberties for granted. I especially enjoyed the dialogue Valodja and Zoya had while discussing the Sears Catalog he brought back from America.
I really missed the characters in this story at book's end. Follett makes you care about them.
Character development and the pace of the story
A wonderful voice