This book took several starts for me. It starts with rise of fascism and communism. It is difficult to listen to, knowing what was to come. It was harder for me to establish the characters in my mind's eye with such a stressful start. The book does a good job of illustrating the development of the world during the early-mid century. Much of this time is troubled so much of this book the characters are troubled.
John Lee does his usual fantastic job of narration. Like all Ken Follet books a web of fictional characters and accurately depicticted history are skillfully woven together. There is quite a lot of sexual content much of it not needed for the story.
Follet continues to educate the listener about world wars and the inner circles of decision making along with strong loves and failures. I recommend it certainly after reading Fall of Giants. The fears and problems of living in dictatorships is sharply drawn and makes one shutter at the reality he draws. Well done Mr. Follett
I loved the characters, the storyline. I literally couldn't stop listening to this and am very sad that I will have to wait for the next book.
John Lee does a wonderful job with all of the different characters and accents. If I had one criticism, it would be his rendition of Daisy. He reads her like a low brow woman from New Jersey, when she is meant to be a Buffalo socialite. The accent he gives her is not relatable or believable to me, but otherwise he does an amazing job with all of the voices.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
I'm sad that its over. Ken Follett as always carries all his characters so well throughout the book and the historical events that they feel real. I loved FoG but WoW exceeds my expectations. I was expecting that Ken Follett would have chapters of Hitler and his death camps like all other history books, but I was glad that the focus was on the characters and the camps and Hitler were mentioned if any character's storyline went through it. This book is about the second generation of characters from FoG after WW1 and the book starts at an excellent pace and it never loses that pace. Cannot wait for End of Eternity.
John Lee did excellent as always. Just like my FoG review, he was great at all the accents. Cockney, Welsh, English, American, Russian, German.
Audible fix Part 3 of the 4 downloaded files. So just download that if you want to re-read the fixed part.
I have listened to three of Ken Follett's books with the same narrator. The stories are always well researched and written. I don't know if I would be able to find the time to read all of the books because of their length, but I listen to them in the car while driving. This story is interesting because I like history and I can relate to the wars from past books on history. The characters are interesting and well develped.
The way the story unfolds in actual history
I love the emotion and the accents he uses in telling the story.
I don't know.
As usual, Ken Follett has written in subject matter that I never would have chosen for myself. No problem, he manages to make it engaging, interesting and well worth the time. Even though I am not a history buff I have enjoyed this as much as the first installment. The narrative makes the large group of characters focused and much less confusing than they could have ended up.
The first book of this series was amazing, and I liked this one even more! It really helped me understand the history of that era. Ken Follett is a great storyteller. I appreciated the fact that he toned down the intimate scenes a bit. I still was able to feel the emotion of the moment, but to me it's better the way he wrote them in this book. The story line picks up where the last one left off. I recommend reading the Fall of the Giants first. And John Lee is an amazing narrator. He does such a great job with all of the various accents and characters.
Yes, it was very interesting and well written. The story captivates you. Winter of the World brings a perspective to all of the countries during World War II. It flows nicely from the first book, Fall of Giants.
Of course, I would compare it to Fall of Giants. Fall of Giants is the Prequel to Winter of the World.
I really enjoy listening to books because I feel like I'm experiencing it and the different voices help with the different characters.
There are many moments that stand out in my mind.
If you like reading historical books, it is a MUST READ!
This novel gives real insight into how the conflict affected ordinary people. It also brings to light the lengths to which people will go to ensure their safety. I was particularly struck by the parallels to today's political parties in the USA. The ideologies of the Nazi party and the Social Democrats mirror the American right and left wings, respectively.
I have recommended this book to a friend and a family member, because of its historical insight and its pertinence in today's world.
yes, I would because it has a great story and it teaches us several points of view from the actors in the WW2
In 1948, in occupied Berlin, when the USSR decided to ban transit from the American-English part of occupied Berlin, in order to suppress what they called "Bribes" and this discourage what they also called Secessionist Berliners. To continue with the aid to help Germans recover their prosperity ASAP, the US-Brittish started delivering aid by airfreight, including coal, milk and other goods at great expense for almost a year, until the Soviets reopened the roads...