First of all this review is some what tainted by my enthusiasm for the first novel in the series. I felt in Fall of Giants that that author was able to weave together the separate plot lines, give a wonderful story and a broad history lesson. I fell Winter of the World fell short. Now this short coming is easily explained, the second world war is difficult to paint in such broad strokes, I felt that the holocaust was given very light coverage.
Furthermore as the genealogy expands from the first book the complexity of the plot lines became a bit muddled.
Finally, the first book in many instances gave us a front row seat, we were at dinner with the king, or in the office of the President etc etc, there was less of that in this book and I feel that it is the poorer for it.
Saying all that i still enjoyed the book.
If readers want to be fully immersed in the second world war in a similar style, Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance is your best bet
First of all if you have not read the Shining, stop and do that first. Of course you can listen to this first, but you can also stick you hand in a light socket, but why would you want to.
Now....I have listened to or read every Stephen King novel. I like them all, but This is now my second favorite behind 11/22/63. It is well written and keeps up a healthy pace. I honestly could not imagine using your audible credit on any other book before this one.
Will Patton does a great job by the way, once you get the metal picture of the coach from Remember the Titans out of your head.
I burn through King novels, I love them, I am a huge fan, so this novel was not a disapointment, but it was not what I would consider his best work. Of course I judge all of his works by the Dark Tower series.
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