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  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (265)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "Enlightenment on the First World War"
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    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    Ken Follet has packed this epic with accurate information on the 2nd World War, its prelude and aftermath. I am going to have to listen a second time as there is much I would like to put into perspective.


    What other book might you compare Fall of Giants to and why?

    It is difficult to say there is another book one can compare this one to, but from an historical perspective, much of what is captured in the following, one can appreciate in "Fall of Giants" is set out in some detail in: The history of the South African forces in France by John Buchan, and Pyramids and Poppies: The 1st SA Infantry Brigade in Libya, France and Flanders by Peter Digby.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Walter von Ulrich stands out as the most credible character for me - compared to most of the other characters, he was unaffected in playing politics and manipulation others.


    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    Of Aristocrats and Comrades


    Any additional comments?

    As a reader of World War 2 History, I think this was the most enjoyable and refreshing overview of the Great War I have ever come across - and historically accurate as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    November, and evening is closing in as DI Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a stolen car. The man who's stolen the car has also taken an eleven year-old girl. And she's still missing. Sergeant Flea Marley has heard about the car-jacker. He's done it before, she tells Caffery. Twice.

    Sandy says: "Winner of Edgar Award for 2012"
    "Excellent listening for busy people"
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    If you could sum up Gone in three words, what would they be?

    Good British Thriller


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone?

    Always when they save the victim


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

    Flic


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the police arranged the sting which led to the end of the monster


    Any additional comments?

    Good book for me as I travel by air a lot, and actually look forward to waiting for take-off etc so that I can catch up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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