When you don't have time to read a long novel "listening" to one that is as well written as this book and as well as performed is a truly unique experience.
Wonderful story and great listen as the fabric of the families and era are exposed!
Excellent follow-up to the initial book in the trilogy. Can't wait for the final. (But will have to.)
Ethel Williams because she is a strong woman who stands up for her beliefs no matter what. Since this is a multigenerational trilogy it is fun to see who stands out in each book. This the 2nd of the books I have read
The accents of the different characters!! He brings them to life in a way I don't think you would get by reading.
I am not through the book yet, but I think so far I would say the most moving and what shaped the character of Lloyd was his witnessing of hatred played out in his youth
I also loved the 1st book and John Lee is really great at reading!!!
Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.
Ken Follet is an amazing author and this series is no exception. John Lee does a great job again.
Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. I was disappointed when it ended, and I can't wait for installment 3.
The struggles of the characters in Nazi Germany.
John Lee is excellent. He reads just as I would.
I am giving a copy of the book to my close friend for Christmas.
The narrator made the book come alive-
The stroy line of the Red army invasion of Berlin and the horrible things the Red army did to the German women
You felt as though you were a part of it
The story line about the invasion of Pearl Harbour
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.