Yes by Follett, no by Lee
Haven't finished the book yet
His rendition of the various accents is so bad and so distracting that I may not be able to finish listening to this very long book. If you can't get an accent spot-on you shouldn't even try; just read in your natural voice.
Don't know yet, haven't finished it.
I wouldn't normally write a review before I've finished a book but I find this reader's terrible rendition of various regional UK accents so annoying that I'm not sure I'll be able to finish the book. Although it promises to be mediocre anyway - plot devices so far are transparent and predictable. I LOVED Pillars of the Earth though, and Follett's early espionage books.
I re-listened to "Fall of Giants" before I listened to "Winter of the World". While both are excellent, I liked "Winter of the World" better. I have always enjoyed historical novels, and Follett did not disappoint. Recommend it highly.
The book itself is wonderful. Ken Follett is an extremely powerful storyteller. The characters are engaging and likable.
The narrator completely lost me when his English accents started to sound Indian. German accents were at times difficult to understand as well. It was almost embarrassing.
Overall it was a pretty good audio book. Just wish the narrator had not been so distracting.
The backdrop of real-world modern history (with a little bit of X-rated fun!)
A LONG series made for a great, entertaining and informative way to pass a couple of months with a long commute!
I enjoy series books and this is one of the good ones.
The only other series books that I've read is the Outlander series and I loved the fine detail and intricate story lines
Ken Follett is a wonderful series author
Yes- entertains and informs
Stories that bring history to life
Impossible to listen to in one sitting.
Winter of the World was a tad contrived. Once you suspend disbelief, then the stories are entertaining.
I cannot get enough of this story and of this narrator, John Lee.
First, the story is so captivating, Picking up a few years after where War of the Worlds(Book1) left off, Winter of the world continues to follow the families you already know so well. Happy, sad, funny and miserable, this book carried me through the range of emotions. Even after hours and hours and hours of listening, when it ended, I was so disappointed and just dying for more. Maybe I will just have to listen to it again.
The narrator, John Lee, is MASTERFUL!!! He gives a unique voice to each character in a way that is so impressive and really drew me into the story even more. I have LOVED everything he has done. Love him!
I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.
Great story writing
I love history and am especially interested in the history of the WWI and WWII and the interbellum. Already knowing quite a bit about those times, I is obvious Mr Follett didn't slack when researching this novel.I really like the way he tells the story through different characters in different countries under different regimes. It gives it all an extra edge.
I like the way Daisy's character evolves during the telling of the story.
Yes. Almost did too.
No need to be especially interested in the history of the last century to like this novel. It is a great read any way you look at it and it's performed well by John Lee.
Engaging, educating, exciting
I think I might compare it to Pillars of the Earth, in that it is following five different families and how they intertwine and connect
Don't know if I have heard John Lee before.
Both, really and it made me think and learn about the world at that time.
Follett has a wonderful skill in keeping you interested in all five families and their connections, as well as, teaching you about history. It didn't take me long to make the connections to Book 1 - but you would not have had to read Book 1 in order to enjoy it, although it made it better, knowing the history of the characters. I look forward to Book 3
This might be enjoyed by people who have an unshakable faith in Ken Follet. Other than that its just drivel.
The seed of a great story that was planted in the first book was ruined by the absurd coincidental proximity that these players all seem to have to famous historical figures and events. The fine line that must be walked in historical fiction just became extremely cheesy because of the ridiculous ubiquity of these moments occurring for all of the players. It was done backwards. Instead of telling a story that included true historical events, historical events were used as a crutch to create a terrible story with terrible dialogue.
The performance wasnt the problem.