After reading Pillars of the Earth, Word Without End and Fall of Giants in relatively short succession and rating them all as “5-star-favourites”, you’d think Winter of the Word would easily fall into that same category, but it doesn’t. I enjoyed the story very much, and although I won’t go so far as to say I could not put it down, I was always happy to pick it up!
I have one major criticism that keeps me from giving it that 5th star: too much DRY information.
WW2-era stories are my favourite, however I like to read about how people lived through those times. While I do agree that theories and strategies and tactics of war are all very interesting, I felt there were too many instances in the book where the story just stopped and Follett went on and on with the dry political events of the day, turning the story into a war history seminar.
My mother had this same complaint about Book 1 (which was WW1) and I disagreed with her about that… but I see now what she means after having just finished Book 2.
Having said all that, I am still immensely looking forward to Book 3 due out in 2014 and provisionally titled The Edge of Eternity. It takes place during the Cold War, so I have a feeling I might be complaining about the same thing… We’ll see!!
John Lee - as always - was a fantastic narrator.
I love this series! The more episodes I read, the more I want to read; I am glad there are many more instalments ahead.
This one had me rolling my eyes on multiple occasions because it was a little heavy on the lucky coincidences, but so what – I still enjoyed it.
On to book 7!
The more instalments I read, the more I love Molly and her escapades!
On to book 6!
How many books like this have I read? They are always good. Human resilience is amazing… and sadly, so is cruelty.
This recollection of suffering and surviving through hard times was just as riveting as the others, and therefore another must-read.
…all the pondering!! It’s a bit much and can become rather tedious at times.
Aside from that one and only complaint, I’m having a great time working my way through the series; so glad I came across it! On to Book 5!
It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.
I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.
The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.
Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!
What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.
I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!
As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.
It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.
Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?
Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.
I hate it when that happens! When a good idea for a tale is ruined by a poorly written story… it’s so annoying!
I was looking forward to a good book and the idea was promising but the execution was a huge let down, packed with clichés and eye rolling coincidences and silly developments; such a shame.
The book was: Insipid. Cliché. Formulaic. Trite. Simple. Flat. Predictable… Pick any one, they all fit.
Jamie gets hurt, Claire performs a bunch of operations, war’s a-brewing, a zillion various calamities… you know: The Usual.
If you love all the characters, you’ll love this latest instalment in the series. I don’t love them all and so I was alternatively interested and bored. To quote myself from Book 7: “I could not care less about William and Ralf and Murray and Lord So and So the Mohawks and the various battles and the impending Revolution with all the planning and plotting.”
I do however like the Roger / Brianna story line, and was INSANELY annoyed by the ending. I won’t say more to avoid a spoiler… suffice it to say I am sure Book 9 is in the works.
The more I read it, the better it got.
I wasn’t sure I‘d enjoy this book based on the way it started: random neural firings written in point form - like reading Twitter or Facebook status updates.
At first, it didn’t seem to flow; it felt jumpy and disjointed… yet the next thing I knew, I was totally into it!
I wonder if you could get as much out of it if you’ve never been to Paris, I think a lot of the fun is to remember yourself in the places she is writing about.
Overall, quite enjoyable… a nice way to spend an afternoon.
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