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Diane Stoner

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5346)
    Performance
    (4524)
    Story
    (4536)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "A 1950's type saga"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an OK listen. This book is out of the James Mitchner style saga with a character contrived to be at every turning point in World War II-from Pearl Harbor to the Manhattan Project and I sure DDay will be covered as I go along. Characters are a bit cardboard but if one is willing for suspend reality , it is ok. Not great.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    Follett's books are predictable-if you have a long drive ahead and want something to listen to, this works.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I loved all of John Lee's Phillip Kerr books but discover that he cannot do an American accent and his woman's voices, particularly American, are terrible. His best is working class Brits and Russians-the reader for these books needs to have more linguistic skills than Lee...but not a deal breaker but series not outstanding.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not on big screen...maybe as a Netflix stream.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, OK, not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War with the Mein: Book One of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (430)

    A deadly assassin sent from a race called the Mein, exiled long ago to an ice-locked stronghold in the frozen north, strikes at Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, while the Mein also unleash surprise attacks across the empire. On his deathbed, Leodan puts into play a plan to allow his children to escape, each to his separate destiny. And so his children begin a quest to avenge their father's death and restore the Acacian empire, this time on the basis of universal freedom.

    Glen says: "Thumbs up!"
    "Less than promised"
    Overall

    As a long time afficiando of the fantasy genre, I found this book to be a big dissappointment. The character development is wooden and predictable; the plot pedestrian and the descriptions unexceptional. It is not the time, place or action that makes these books good listening but the characters and their development. I had just finished George RR Martin's books and although they are far from without flaws, they excel in comparison to this one. So if it's fantasy and imagination you are after, you would do better to go with Terry Brooks or , if you have lots of time and can stand drawn out plots,there is always Robert Jordan.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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