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.
Ken Follett writes a solid story. This one spans WWII and follows characters in Germany, Russia, England and the United States. That's a lot of characters, but it wasn't too hard to follow.
If you want skilled prose, then I would suggest another author. This book is very clipped in its sentences and its reading. This started to annoy me towards the end. The reading and writing were stilted. However, it was still an interesting story and, even though I was getting bored with it towards the end, I was able to finish it. I don't think I'll be in any big hurry to download the third book in this trilogy, though.
I found Fall of Giants highly enjoyable but this sequel simply did not work for me. Bringing all the children of the characters in the first book together in the second is preposterous and strains the 'suspension of disbelief' too far. Further, the story sags badly; in the first instalment you spend hours of mind-numbing boredom in Buffalo, where everyone speaks with a grating Bronx accent (?) - the female American accents are particularly awful. I hung on for 7 hours but then bailed out. I'm going to return it, something I've never done in many years of being a member. I would add that John Lee is one of my favourite readers but he should do some study of American accents...
Ken Follett continues strong in his new genre of historic fiction. Having done a great job of creating multiple families in Britain, America, Germany and Russia during the Fall of Giants, he picks up with the rising generation at WWII approaches. Although the happenstance of encounters among characters is sometime a little too convenient, the linkage of historic fact with compelling fiction is amazing. I hope he finishes the third book of the Trilogy!
John Lee's narration is just right for this story
This is a great series and all the SUPERLATIVES are 100% right on... I can add no more as to the quality of the story and the narration. This is a story meant to be absorbed and meditated on. The characters are soooo real and the trial and tribulations make you question how they survived and how can so called civilized societies commit such atrocities... Many great and brave characters as well as scoundrels... But I will always think of Carla, her bravery, self sacrifice, and tenacity to keep trying to make the world a better place. Carla is my hero!!! I highly enjoyed and recommend this book. It is heart wrenching at times and will bring a tear to your eye...
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. It reads like socialist propaganda. Follett apparently thinks Nazism was NOT socialism. THAT fact alone, but there are plenty of other inaccuracies and outright lies, was enough to make me want to quit this book. I stayed to the end and am now dumber for having done so. I am very disappointed and it now makes me wonder how much spin he put in Pillars of the Earth.
Tell a story, not write propaganda.
It COULD have been a great story... it failed.