This is such a rich story that it deserves to be listened to over and over again. I'm sure that knowing the flow of the story will only enrich the listening.
The first book that came to mind was War and Peace. I also thought of James Michener's novels. There are few contemporary writers who can handle a story with so many well-defined characters and so global a plot as well as Ken Follett.
Clara is my favorite character in the book, and the fact that she is voiced by a male does not bother me at all. I think John Lee's Russian accents are the best of all his characterizations, but he does an excellent job of giving each character a distinctive voice.
Hundreds of characters, three continents, one amazing story.
I am eagerly waiting for Book Three.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate this book about a 7.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to Follet's other books narrated by John Lee and as always, he's excellent.
The parallels between the history and politics of World War II and today show that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes if we don't pay close attention to what's going on in the world. The craziness spouted by the Nazi party leading up to the war is the same craziness we hear now, just wearing a different shirt.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
I had to go back and listen to The Fall of Giants before I listened to this one, my memory is awful. This was another home run by Ken Follett. In comparison to the first book, personally I think it wasn't quite as good, but still exceptional and I will read the third in this series. The characters are charismatic, cruel, and charming. Some of them bad with a little good, some good with a little bad. None of the simpering goody goody or horribly totally evil characters, they were exceptionally well rounded. I'm thinking this is a Ken Follett specialty, and as usual John Lee was a great narrator. A perfect combination.
I waited for this second book in the series and now am waiting for the third. So far, Ken Follett has never disappointed!
"Winter of the World" continues with the next generation of families from the "Fall of Giants". I enjoy the history and background Ken Follett does in his books. His insight of the conditions and treatment of Germans who do not support the politics of Hitler was interesting.
This book shows the 2nd world war from the stand point of politicians, soldiers and the public in the effected countries.
Woody Dewar because he knew what he wanted and went for it.
Yes and this time was great as well.
The death of Woody Dewar's fiancé broke my heart.
This book really opened my eyes to the way the world works then and now.
I have a new appreciation for the United Nations and believe we must all work towards getting rid of Fascism, Communism and the conservative party
I liked learning so much more about the war in Europe than one usually gets from a Western perspective. It was news to me that there was a resistance to Hitler in Germany by non-Jewish Germans. No one ever speaks of them. And getting a view of the Spanish Civil War was pretty interesting. It was a rehearsal for World War II, and yet you learn very little about it in school.
He's a pleasure to listen to for the most part, but every now and then he'll have a little rhythmic hiccup that makes it sound like he's not a native English speaker. It's a little odd. Also, his accent for the American females is a little off. He makes Daisy sound a little more shrewish and fish-wifey than she deserves. It's not so off-putting that I'd quit listening, just a bit jarring.
When do I get to listen to the next one?
Ken Follett brings history to life. His research into the causes and human motivations that bring war to our world are first-rate. Follett has become my favorite historical fiction author.
John Lee is nothing short of amazing as he brings the characters to life.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
Top 3 for sure. I couldn't stop listening. Finished it in 3 days
Follett has a way of weaving such amazing stories, characters, and history together into an addicting read/listen. The story was fantastic and did not let me down.
I wasn't fond of his American accent, but I loved the way he did Lloyd.
Well it's a little long but I did manage to finish it in 3 days. If I could have listened for 20 hours straight, I would have though. It was hard to press "pause"