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.
Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing
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.
Smart and engaging
The Fall of Giants - First Book in the series
No. It would be too much to absorb and I wouldn't get anything done for one week - no sleeping wouldn't be a good thing!
I love historical romance/thrillers and this one fits the bill. I have read all of Ken Follet's books and he's one of my favorite authors.
Ken Follett always tells a great story but he seemed more interested in character quantity then quality. He ended up with too many threads and seemed in a hurry to deliver the gotcha or point without spending enough time getting us to the same emotional or intellectual point. I said it was overedited because Mr. Follett has always patiently delivered the goods in the past so I am convinced there was a Stalinist editor hovering over this production with the Red Pen from hell and pompously declaring that the public needs this book to be under 1000 pages. It seems like the book needed about 300 more.
Examples: (Here Be Spoilers)
He didn't spend enough time developing Chuck D. for me to feel sad when he was killled.
Commisar Macke seemed due for a Poetic justice end and then he was just ingloriously murdered.
He races through the last part of the book (post war) where a lot happens very quickly. Which is, of course, setting us up for the next book but leaves a lot of holes and seems like it could have been fleshed out more.
Ordinarily Mr. Follett has characters that are morally indifferent - Complex characters that are generally good but occasionaly do something evil. In this book the characters were either good or evil. The most morally complex character in the book was Greg Peshkov and he wasn't exactly multifaceted.
Apparently all Social Democrats (Liberals) are smart and good and all Facists (Conservatives) are stupid and evil.
Look - It's still a good story and I would recommend it to all of my friends; Hell, I have. But Mr. Follett can do better and he has done better many times: Fall of Giants, Jackdaws, Pillars of the Earth, World without End.
Please Mr. Follett, Flesh out your Characters, Scenes, and Plots. Be patient in your delivery and it will be worth the wait.
The audio production does skip - That needs to be fixed.
But still a good book nonetheless. I read Fall of Giants over a year ago so it took me a while to put all the connections back together in my mind. Early in the book, some of the sub plots were unable to hold my interest. I found myself wanting to fast forward in places to get back to the other sub plots that were more interesting and fast paced. The second half of the book was much better than the first and I gave it 4 stars because of this. It really got going and ended well. I am looking forward to the last book.
I really like the story- but am disappointed that the file must be dreadfully out of order and incomplete!
This story was downloaded before the unavailable status. I wish I would have been sent a message to know not to start this book. How do I get a corrected version??????