Audio experience adds a personal voice that livens story as it's a blend of theatre with action on the page. One begins to associate the descriptions with the words and feelings of the people taking part.
Equal emotional attachment to each of the lead characters with saga attached to them.
Authoritative and distinctly accented.
John Lee was his normal great narrator. Ken Follett does a masterful job of bringing to life the horror of living in Germany during WWII. I hope the third book is as good as the first two.
Great story and I can't wait for book 3, come on Ken.
Excellent character development and the storyline is well continued from the first book to the second. I will confess that keeping all the different characters and storyline straight was a challenge and I believe a second reading will be required.
The second book in the trilogy covers the 1930s and the Second World War and beyond.
As with the previous novel, the characters are well-done and the narration is excellent.
Some of the expressions don't seem consistent with the time, and there's a surprising lack of contemporary references to music and literature and entertainment.
This book is the second generation of all the characters introduced in the first book, and continues with their lives and interests.
It's an excellent second installment and again showcases the many strengths of Ken Follett as a writer.
very high, a most intriguing book.
A must read for Ken Follett fans and one of the best audio books I have read in the past few years.
Another hit for sure. This is another great story. I can't pick any single item, I guess the fact that it follows history. Like Michener he ties the story to actual history and it just makes it gripping.
Lloyd I just identified with him very much.
He does them all well
Mabel, because I just think she was hot.
Can't wait for number three!!
The accents used by the reader are worse than the first book! The Russian sounds like Dracula and the women sound like drag!
The historical storyline is good and the connection that evolve between characters is well done
No! I was more invested in the story than the performance
A wonderful tapestry of lives shaped by, and shaping, the world at both personal and national levels. If, like me, you find history compelling but want much more than the dry facts which make no sense apart from the people who make it this is a compelling read. It appears to have been well researched and is certainly well crafted.
Good sequel. History we know, told differently.
When the 3 focal young men see the truth, and barbaric conduct, of the Nazis and the communists and are shocked into reality, each from their own naive beliefs.
John Lee does a great job of luring you into the book and keeping you there..
I read the Pilars of the Earth set, and now this set of trilogies. I'm not much into history but have enjoyed his take on these events but creating families whose lives cross from time to time, to show the real impact of life events and how it affected real life. He has brought us into and out of the two world wars by showing what was happening before and after that would have led to these happenings.When each book is ove you want the next one!
I highly recommend this book. BUT, get "Fall of Giants" first. This is the second book of a trilogy and there is generational continuity with the characters that flows from one book to the next. The rich historical research that the author has done comes alive through the lives of the characters. It's not light reading but you will be much richer for listening to this series.
Fall of Giants, the first book of this trilogy.
I never really thought about the fact that it was a performance. Each character lives as he personalizes each one. You have to tolerate some readers. Not so with John Lee. Every book I've ever listened to with him as the reader is the same. That fact causes me to look twice at any book if he is the reader. If you look up the word "outstanding" in the dictionary you will probably find John Lee's name.