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"
I love Ken Follett. I learn so much history. His character development is amazing. He ties together many families, many generations, many countries and intertwines the history and real people of the period.
There was not one favorite character.
I just waited for each new scene.
I have read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. They followed each other by a couple of hundred years. I read Fall of Giants and am almost finished with Winter of the World. I cannot wait for the final sequel.
Ken Follett has an outstanding ability to bring history to life - even parts we might like to not recall! John Lee matches that ability with his narration.
I've now read the first two books in the trilogy - can't wait until the third one comes out. I liked this one even better than the first. The characters are all interesting and it's fun the way their lives continue to intertwine with each other. So far I've loved every Ken Follett book I've read and this one was no different - couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Even though you have some knowledge of the historical events that are about to happen, you get a more personal take on them. Even though it's fiction, it feels very real.
Yes. The combination of well researched historical data combined with so many colorful and developed characters make this both entertaining and educational.
Pillars of the Earth, and Fall of Giants both because of the well developed characters and well researched history.
It meshes well with the characters from the previous book while also introducing a lot of new characters. World War II is also one of the most dramatic time periods of modern history and one of my favorite to read about so listening to hit from a historical fiction perspective was very interesting. And of course there is plenty of action. I was a bit disappointed that some aspects of the war were skimmed over or only mentioned rather than really experienced by any of the characters. Dunkirk, Stalingrad and the D-Day landings were among these moments that I had really been looking forward to hearing more about, but were only mentioned by the characters. I think this was partially deliberate on Follett's part though. These events have been written about thousands of times from every possible perspective so instead he gives us a glimpse into some of the less well known aspects of these events.
Typical Ken Follett
The good guy (almost) always wins. Plus, you can tell Follett does his homework, I always learn something new from reading Follett books.
I always love John Lee, he does well differentiating different character voices.
Five families, four countries, World War II
Dear John Lee, please call me before you do another Buffalo accent! I am a Buffalo native (who has moved away and come back) so I know how the Buffalo accent sounds. Daisy and Greg sounded like gangsters from Brooklyn in a 1930s film . Buffalo's accent is more mid-western, less NYC. The accent you used was so wrong I laughed outloud, which then made me feel bad, because I really love your work.
I have not read the print version, so I cannot compare. I enjoyed the Fall of Giants, the first book of the trilogy, better than this one.
Seeing the impact of the society and war on regular people provides some insight into the period of time.
He is wonderful. His change of accents is flawless which assists greatly in following dialog. He should definitely be kept for the next volume.
Carla von Ulrich, Lloyd Williams, or Daisy Peshkov. Carla's brave act to protect the unknown girl and her love for the child standout as extraordinary actions.
The transitions from the first book could have been better in spots to remind the reader where a character originated. I tend to forget over a few months. A family history chart might be a nice printout addition.