I realize there were unmentionable horrors during World War II due to hatred and misuse/abuse of power. But I was sickened by the graphic illustration of the hatred and violence. I don't think that it was necessary to support the story line. I forced myself to listen made it 3 hours and really I can't go any further. I listened to the first book and mostly enjoyed it. I am in no way saying we should close our eyes to what happened or forget it, and I think we should be aware of the horrors that happen now and we should do everything in our power to not participate in hatred so these atrocities don't happen in our country in the future. But I can't listen to it as if it were entertainment.
Can't say enough about the way Follet makes world war ii come alive through the eyes of people of all the main countries. While battling their own personal challenges they battle each other from other countries. Puts a very personalized view on the events of the war and the actions that made some people despicable, some countries terrible and yet humanized others to show their compassion.
As with Follett's Pillars of the Earth, I really fell in love with the characters in the first installment of this trilogy Fall of Giants. So, I was really worried when Follett said that the sequel, Winter of the World, would deal more with their offspring than the original characters themselves. I was pleasantly surprised to see how masterfully he wove his preceding cast of characters into the tableau with the new set. It was an excellent continuation of the saga.
Some will complain that Follett glosses over many of the aspects and atrocities of WWII, and, indeed, he does little more than dipping the readers' toes into the holocaust. However, as Follet's goal is not education but entertainment, and considering the vast amount of writing that has already been done on the topic, I would say that Follett did an excellent job of protraying the flavor and feel of the age without belaboring facts that are already well known to any semi-educated reader.
All-in-all an excellent listen from an accomplished Author and a wonderful Narrator!
Audio experience adds a personal voice that livens story as it's a blend of theatre with action on the page. One begins to associate the descriptions with the words and feelings of the people taking part.
Equal emotional attachment to each of the lead characters with saga attached to them.
Authoritative and distinctly accented.
John Lee was his normal great narrator. Ken Follett does a masterful job of bringing to life the horror of living in Germany during WWII. I hope the third book is as good as the first two.
Great story and I can't wait for book 3, come on Ken.
Excellent character development and the storyline is well continued from the first book to the second. I will confess that keeping all the different characters and storyline straight was a challenge and I believe a second reading will be required.
The second book in the trilogy covers the 1930s and the Second World War and beyond.
As with the previous novel, the characters are well-done and the narration is excellent.
Some of the expressions don't seem consistent with the time, and there's a surprising lack of contemporary references to music and literature and entertainment.
This book is the second generation of all the characters introduced in the first book, and continues with their lives and interests.
It's an excellent second installment and again showcases the many strengths of Ken Follett as a writer.
very high, a most intriguing book.
A must read for Ken Follett fans and one of the best audio books I have read in the past few years.
Another hit for sure. This is another great story. I can't pick any single item, I guess the fact that it follows history. Like Michener he ties the story to actual history and it just makes it gripping.
Lloyd I just identified with him very much.
He does them all well
Mabel, because I just think she was hot.
Can't wait for number three!!
The accents used by the reader are worse than the first book! The Russian sounds like Dracula and the women sound like drag!
The historical storyline is good and the connection that evolve between characters is well done
No! I was more invested in the story than the performance