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.
The details are rich but it drags from time to time. It would have been better to spend a little less time proving the brutality of war and represive governments.
I quite enjoyed Fall of Giants and this was a lovely follow up novel. The next generation of characters are as fascinating as their parents. I particularly like Lev's and Ethel's children.
Follett seems to genuinely like women and follows their points of view very well. He does not portray us as prudish idiots, but people with thoughts and desires as profound as men.
The religious aren't too much to deal with, either. A theist or non-theist can enjoy this novel equally.
I called Audible. She couldn't tell me exactly which chapters were missing, but she said the missing parts were in Part III. That's the part I'm listening to now. I did notice that right in the middle of a story line about the Gregory Peshcov's son I was all of a sudden hearing about Chuck Dewar in Hawaii for a sentence or two and them back to Russia. I guess I'll just listen to the entire Part III again.
If you're reading this, Audible folks, it would have been helpful to have been told exactly what and where the missing parts were.
He skipped ahead quite a bit. Instead of following the characters we liked in the first book, the characters are all new. Keep that in mind and you will enjoy the first chapters more.
I would have spent a little time catching the reader up on the lives of the characters they like.
the historial context is my favorite.
John Lee, yes. Have been a Follett fan for 20 years and am annoyed at the lack of respect for the reader. Why does Follett assume that his readers are too stupid to remember what happened to a particular character a few chapters earlier? The constant reminders of what had happened to them earlier on in the book was immensely irritating. The reader's suspension of disbelief is also carried too far when the same characters are always involved with everything and there are occasions when this is not needed eg. Woody's photo of the Russian street scene published in the magazine. It starts to all seem a bit like padding.
Well read, good characterisation and consistent accents make for a good listen.
Perhaps, but I wouldn't buy it. Would be bored stiff by the saga continuing with the next generation during the Cold War and Vietnam. Too predictable.
Absolutely loved Pillars of the Earth and The Eye of the Needle. Was disappointed by this.
Good yarn. Loved the accounts of WWII historical events in the Soviet Union, the USA, England and Germany, all of which I assume have been rigorously researched. For me the book was worth 35 hours of listening for that alone. I do feel some of these characters are retreads from Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.. kind of two dimensional. Also that the characters are repeatedly coincidentally running into one another and being placed at every major historical event is kind of ridiculous but, I suppose, necessary to provide first person reports. If you do not have an encyclopedic knowledge of the events leading up to and during WWII and you would like a better knowledge of them and like a good yarn, this is the book for you. Also, it was fun to follow the characters from the Fall of Giants.