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.
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.