The Pearl Harbor scenes
His ability to shift his voice to fit the character....very believeable.
Made me both laugh and cry.
Would recommend this book for high schoolers who are studying history of western civilization.....it brings the facts to life in a way that no text book could ever do. Amazing integration of historical facts into a riveting, believable prose....I was totally capitvated.
consultant and coach
There is something about hearing events you know about through the eyes of people you care about, that makes a story so profound without feeling manipulated by the author. Plus this book really moves, and I'm already wondering what these people and their children will be doing in the next book.
I liked it since he is not trying to detail too much the history. The story makes it interesting!
sadly, this book does not keep up with the "Fall of Giants". It's ok, it's a good diversion when you are bored, but the story teems with stereotypes, describes brutality in great detail, has several very similar and repetitive sex scenes and even some historical mistakes.
Intermittently there are good scenes and descriptions, but it lacks the density and development of good stories such as the "Fall of Giants" or the "Pillars of the Earth". Rather, it's a motley of stories and scenes that jump ahead and back, which also makes it hard to follow a general storyline.
The reader also mispronounces German words and names, which is a shame in a book of this volume and price.
Overall, I would say it might have been better to make three books out of all that material, research more thoroughly, and go easy on stereotypes....
Listen to it, if you want to know what happened to all the people from the "Fall of Giants". Don't bother, if you are interested in the complex history of WWII and what lead up to it.
The graphic depiction of the London bombing from street level was intense. Seeing it through the eyes of the character and learning how it transformed her was incredible.
The vocal changes helped make the story flow. The lilt in places really separated the classes of people in a believable way.
War is personal, at every level of social strata.
Unsatisfying sweeping epic
This is a follow up to Follett's last book, Fall of Giants, and I was excited to keep following the characters through the end of WWI and through WWII. As always the story is engaging, the characters rich and narration excellent. Least interesting was that there was more sex in this book, which really didn't add anything, in my opinion. Not a prude or anything, I just felt like it sometimes kept the story dragging.
John Lee is excellent and does well in this novel.
Hard to pick just one, but I liked when the nurse of a Nazi hospital dares to put her life at risk to right a terrible wrong.
Loved this book until the end, which was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I know the story will continue in his next book, but Fall of Giants ended much better than this one - it just drops off and leaves you unsatisfied after such a time commitment.
This tapestry, well woven. with the second generation of the five families is brilliantly conceived and executed. I continued to learn so much history from this time period.
There are so many that it is difficult to choose. That's not a cop-out either. It's true!
William. John Lee does a wonderful British accent. His Russian is good as well. I wish I could say the same about his American accents ... those leave a little to be desired.
I couldn't get over the devastation and horrific circumstances in Germany before, during and after the war. The brutality of war was overwhelming.
Professional woman, reading constantly
Once again, lots of characters, lots of sub-plots throughout the book, but in the end, it seems to all come together.
The battle scene was pretty creepy
Yes, he's pretty good.
I liked this book better than the "Fall of Giants". I knew both books would be slow and drawn out, so no surprises here. Follett does get into the historical significance of the times and I really think he hit the mark in his depictions. I enjoy his work but I am hoping that the third in this series leaves me wanting more........
I am addicted to learning, reading, hiking, travel and, at one time, moving around. Life is as fun as you make it.
This book was even better than the last one! Fall of Giants is by far one of my all-time favorite books...but now Winter of the World has topped it. The history content is riveting, the plot is grand, the characters are wonderful. I can't rave enough about this book. I've already started to listen to it again. If you love history and inspirational books, this series is for you.