This book was like a flashback episode of your favorite sitcom, it's fun but you'd rather watch a real episode. I was missing the wide range of characters, switching from scene to scene like in the other books.
I loved Pillars and World Without End, but somehow wasn't drawn to the idea of listening to a book set in the 20th century, especially with all the drama in WWII and my me not being a great fan of "war books".
But after a few flings with other authors I kept thinking how nothing compared to the epic tales of Ken Follett. With my new job ahead of me and having to drive 2 hours everyday I needed something to make time fly, something that could absorb me. So I went for it and bought Fall of Giants, and I was hooked immediately!! The thorough character building, the switching from character to character, it was all there and I loved every second of it. Everything I loved about the other Ken Follett books was there, and more! My drives to work flew by, sometimes I caught myself wishing I lived further from work so I could listen to the book a little longer, it's that good!
Aside from it being a great story of different people in different countries set in the early 20th century, it's also a great history lesson. I feel like a WWI expert now! Ken knows how to make the political events really interesting! And even though it's a story about historical events affecting millions of people, he zooms in to the lives of a few key players which gives it the typical Ken Follett feeling.
I loved it!
Was looking for something exciting, saw someone gave this a 5 star review who said they normally don't do that. He was right, this is exactly the type of book I need in my car. You get into the story rather quickly and from there on it's never boring. Makes my car ride fly by. I even listened to it at home which I normally never do. As for the story itself, I think it's kind of a guy book, lot's of action and suspense, not too romantical. I'm off to the next Reacher book!
I guess I was expecting to much from this book, after everything I heard about it and it being such a best seller. The characters are supposed to be really smart, a professor and a cryptographer, but every clue has to be smacked around their face 10 times before they see it. "Hmmm a 10 digit code to unlock the safe, could it possibly have to do something with the 10 digit code the owner of the safe left for us 15min ago!?!?!? Nope I don't see it..."
People in jail who have nothing else to do!
The story itself! This was the first time I set my iPod to double speed just to get it over with...
The first chapter when I did not yet know what I was in for...
Impatience for the book to end so I could start with another.
I've been waiting for hours for the "real story" to start, but it didn't get any better, so I quit listening after 4 hrs.
Before this book I only listened to detectives and crime thrillers (and the potter series) but I saw this one on the "first series sale" and wanted to try something different. I never thought a "historical novel" would be so exciting!! The characters and story are great!! It's also one of the longest books I've listened to but it never felt like a drag, it's constantly entertaining. Get this one!!
I thought the first 2 Dexter books were great, filled with humor and suspense. But here Dexter turns into an insecure weirdo and has lost all his wittiness that made the other books so great. Also the "paranormal" stuff didn't really do the book any good. I don't think I'll be listening to the rest of the series.
I can't get enough of the fast paced humorous style of these books and I think this one has the strongest storyline. I also have to say I'm a big fan of Oliver Wyman, with his big number of different voices. It's probably not for everyone (my girlfriend's not a fan) but I absolutely love this serie!!
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