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Joon

USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 244 titles in library
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  • Empires of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ball
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire’s attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia.

    Pamela says: "my first review"
    "Not in the same calibre as Ken Follet"
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    The Tuareg was an interesting source material. Especially in the light of the recent French intervention in Mali. However, it was not as sweeping an epic as the Sahara promised. I read it right after finishing Winter of the World by Ken Follet and I found myself continually measuring it up to it. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read them the other way round.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (180)

    Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

    Anne says: "Listen and learn"
    "A solid follow up to Fall of Giants"
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    I read it almost immediately after Fall of Giants. Maybe for that reason, the characters came alive and more vivid. I could get a better feel for the period and the circumstances surrounding some momentous events in WW2 than any history books.

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