Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family
Yes, I have read or listened to all of his recent books, and have found them entertaining and informative. At the age of 72, I can relate to most of the history covered, and in several situations...with some first hand knowledge. His characters are well developed and help bring the history to life. Admittedly, my academic experiences were mostly focused on high tech and finance. So, for me, these historical forays are new explorations which appeal to thirsty minds. No question, I look forward to the next one.
There were many - too many to list here. I find the story of WWII incredibly interesting, and I can't read enough books about it. The intertwining of the personal family stories makes the book all the more interesting.
This is my first.
Again, there were several. I loved Lloyd Williams and Daisy. I loved the strong women - Carla and Frieda.
This is a fabulous book.
I enjoyed this part of the trilogy much more than Book 1. I found the characters more interesting and likeable, and the depth of the story lines more satisfying.
I will listen to this many times in the future. It was fantastic. Anything narrated by John Lee is impossible to "put down". Now I can't wait for the final installment to be released!
I did not read the print version so I can not judge which is best but I suspect the Audible version is better since Lee did such a good job of narration.
Ending was a little disappointing and did not lead into sequels to come.
I have listened to several of John Lee's performances. I think this was one of the best. Story here was not one of Follett's best but Lee made it worth listening to.
I would like to take the Russian Scientist out to dinner since according to the book she was a real knockout.
I learn so much, it the best history class ever! I have to say there were some parts that I just had to force myself to get through, my heart hurt so much, the wrath the Nazi's inflicted is sickening. Its part of our history. As hard as some of it is hard to read, I am so glad I did, I have such an appreciation for what all the families went through in Europe in both WW1 and WW2! Wow, I am so tied to all the characters, they have become my family! Thank you Ken Follett!
Just like Pillars of the Earth, the sequel to World Without End, I found the second installment to Follet's The Century Trilogy, to be lacking. The first book, Fall of the Giants, was so good!!! This one definitely faltered. BUT I love John Lee as narrator, even if his Russian characters all sound like vampires and his American characters sound vaguely like Al Capone. ANYWAY, I will still get the third book when it comes out.
It's worth it. If you liked the first one I think you should give the second one a try. A lot happens to the families involved.
Winter of the World explores the events leading up to/during WWII using perspectives from characters representing the main players (U.S., U.K., U.S.S.R., and Germany). Follett clearly did a lot of research and even teases out some of the less-popularly-explored parts of the War (for example: the Battle of Cable Street, an East End protest against a British Union of Fascists march in 1936). The storylines are good--some of the torture scenes are (I think unnecessarily) graphic, and there are a few too many gratuitous sex scenes for my taste. The way the characters' stories intertwine is perhaps a bit predictable, but I suppose that is how epic drama genres generally work.
In the end, though, I think the main reason I was even drawn to this book because I miss so much Herman Wouk's The Winds of War/War and Remembrance. Where Wouk's characters were deeply developed, Follett's seem contrived. Wouk's writing, though just as gripping (perhaps even more so, because of the wonderful characters), is not sensational or trite in the way that Follett's can be. John Lee, though certainly a good and well-respected reader, has nothing on Kevin Periseau: when one has had the experience of listening to Periseau's remarkable character studies and even singing, Lee's narration (though good) seems a little empty.
The narration of this book is fabulous. Of course, anything dealing with WWII subject matter and Nazi Germany is dark and difficult to listen to. I have read a good deal from this time period but was able to learn more about certain aspects of Nazi Germany that isn't often discussed in other novels. As always, it is really great to be told the story from the perspectives of different characters around the world.
Great read. As good as the first, can't wait until next installment. The story intertwines well to paint a good picture of historic events. John Lee does a great job narrating. I really enjoy the flow of Ken Follett writing. You will not be disappointed.