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.
Maybe my expectations were too high after Fall of Giants, but I found this book disappointing. The characters seem predictable, and I know the history too well to be surprised.
Well rounded, detailed plots and characters.
It angered me, the cruelty and inhumanity of the people in power infuriated me.
Looking forward to the 3rd book, as i want to know what happens to the characters.
I first read the e-version then listen to the audio version and enjoyed both, I like reading the e-version so that you go back a lot more easily, but the audio you can hear how to names are pronounced.
There were many good moment in the story one was when Daisy discovered that Lloyd came home and she finally told him that she loved him.
He did a good job of changing voices, but when reading the story I didn’t think the Daisy sounded like the way he made her sound.
Maybe a series of movies.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
This was at least as good as the first volume in the series, possibly better. I'm hoping that all the historical information was accurate, because it was fascinating, including much that I did not know about the lead-up to World War II and what happened afterwards. Obviously it's impossible to cover everything in such an epic period in history in a novel of any length, but Follet does an excellent job of showing the War from the perspectives of many people in different parts of the world and on different sides. It also made me understand my parents' generation and appreciate what they lived through a lot better.
John Lee's narration was generally excellent, as always. I only subtracted one star because it really wouldn't have taken all that much effort to learn the pronunciation of the simple German words and names that appear in the story, which where often embarrassingly incorrect.