Slightly above average as far as the story and performance.
I wish Follett had spent a little less time on the characters' sex lives. I'm not a prude but I got a bit tired of every sex act between characters described in detail. I would have rather he spent more of his writing energy on the historical aspects.
His narrations is good but I am not real fond of his female voices.
Again, the sex scenes were over done and actually became boring instead of scintillating.
Despite a my few negative comments I am looking forward to listening to the third book in the trilogy.
Absolutely riveting! It follows the lives of the characters in Fall of Giants and builds on their character. It is historical, significant and wonderfully well done.
I found this book engrossing but somewhat disappointing. The ending is a bit of a fizzle - perhaps because there is sequel on its way? Its coverage of the second world war was a bit spotty. I think that Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance are much better books than this one, if one wants to read about the second world war, as seen by the eyes of fictional characters. Finally, I found its prequel, Fall of Giants, more interesting in its historical perspective - perhaps because I'm less familiar with the first world war than I am with the second world war.
Lloyd's return from the Spanish civil war.
I would certainly like to dine with Lloyd and Karla, the book's most nobel and interesting characters.
If you enjoy thought provoking historical fiction, I think you will enjoy Winter of the World. I was completely drawn in from the very beginning. Of course, already feeling connected to the characters from the first book in the series made it much easier to connect right into the story. World War II stories always intrigue me and Follett's was fantastic. I found myself wondering about certain facts that I had never wondered about before, and spending time running Google searches. This is a book that I can see myself returning to in several years. I can't wait for the third book in the series! I highly recommend it!
Atlanta suburb, GA
Historical, interesting characters, exciting. enjoyed this very much, keeps your attention. History buffs will enjoy plus a lot of action.
I like to hear the various pronunciations of words in foreign languages that I would never be able to pronounce if reading the story.
The historic details are my favorite parts, but I do like the interactions between the characters, also.
I guess the one scene that stands out is the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was so horrific, but hard to ignore.
LLoyd Williams...the illegitimate son on Fitzherbert, was such an intelligent, working-class citizen, it would be a privilege to take him to dinner.
As an educator, I feel students would glean more from any of Ken Folllett's books than any history text book ever written.
A very detailed view of the time in which the story takes place. You feel as if the characters could really have been real people involved in the historical events. I have read two of the three books in the series. Important to "read" them sequentially.
Just as good as Follets other narratives. Very engaging.
John Lee has a pleasant voice to listen to and was able to juggle different accents with ease.
Too long for listening in one sitting, but hard to put down!
If you are a fan of short stories or novellas, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy a rich, detailed and engaging story, that will span many hours of enjoyment, then give this book a try!
History Made Fascinating
Like the War and Remembrance series by Herman Wouk, you get involved with characters who also teach you about history.
Lee's range of accents - from English to Russian to German to American - is well executed, making it easy to follow who's saying what in the dialogue.
The sweep of history through the eyes of unforgettable characters.