I found that I was surprised most how the world around me has changed so much from 1883 to now.....and how these two women lived, whether at home or abroad. How lucky I am.
I loved hearing about the foreign countries and thier customs, etc.
Well, it's more of a first hand account, rather than just a news story.
I didn't have an extreme reaction, but they certainly were much more brave about thier undertaking than I would be even in the present day. I neither laughed nor cried, I was more surprised at thier gumption! And some of the people they spoke with...Mr & Mrs Jules Verne and Mr. Pulitzer among others. A very interesting book, for sure!
It was one of the better reads I've had in the 160 or so that I've had. But the ending was really in the top 10 of surprise conclusions to a story that I've had. All the way through a story we all go back and forth trying to figure things out in a mystery. I never saw this coming and I won't leak a spoiler here for anyone. I wasn't particularly pleased with the ending....but it's not about me. It's about the thrill of the listen. And it was that.
My favorite character was Andy. He was so torn, he ended up giving up so much in his life, and in the end really gave up more than he thought he ever could've dreamed. He was so brave and went out on so many "limbs" and was very smart. I really felt for him, his struggles.
Mr. Gardner was like a real guy...someone any of us would know and carry on a conversation with...easy going manner of speaking, could easily invoke anger and desperation into his voice. His voice is pleasing to listen to.
This book is not what it appears to be at the outset. There is much more to this and it's not at all predictable. I really liked it a lot and finished it in 2 days.
Yes, I would. It's not just a love story, anything but love. It's about survival and triumph.
I loved how the author opened the thought processes of these women as they moved through such a painful time and out the other side. I don't know if I could've been so strong. I enjoyed listening to how they handled all of the different situations as they arose....and thier childrens' concerns also.
She just put so much depth into these characters....crying, laughing, whatever was called for, Amy was there and so the visual was there too. Loved it.
Anger! I hated Maggie! I could've shaken that woman to her core! That is, until reality grabbed ahold of her and then I didn't have to touch her. Then I fell in love with the woman. She then turned into my favorite in the book. What a sweetheart.
This is not a feel good book, it's a wake-up book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This was a real "feel good story" and I was ready for that. I read a varied subject matter and I needed an uplifting story. The characters had thier issues too.....
She has a calming voice, and handled the characterizations well. Even the small child. She cried, she laughed. Who gets that from a printed page? I love to close my eyes and listen. If I can "see it", I know the narrator is doing a great job, and she did.
Yes, when Al wrote in his letter to Caroline that he had not been forwarding her letters to Ellie for all those years. He was truly confessing. That was a big step for him and it's proof that God had finally been let into his heart....for real.
Sometimes we all need a book like this stuck in between all the thrillers and other kinds of books to know that there is still a lot of good in all of us.
Learned more about the past re: slavery but also about laws pertaining to reparations...interesting how she intertwined the story.
I loved the character developement and the side plots.
I loved all the scenes involving Josephine....what a strong woman she was! She endured so much.
Yes, I wanted to listen to it all at one sitting but if I had, it would've been finished too soon.
Ms. Conklin was extrodinary in her imagery in this book. Even now, as I'm finished and have been for a few weeks, I can visualized many parts of the book. I "felt" this story as I listened....it was so real. I bought a hard copy book for my mom and she could hardly put it down....she's almost 91 yrs old!
I did read Gone Girl and loved it! But this was painful to read.
I doubt it.
All the scenes were gory, that was the book.
I only completed it because I wanted to know who dunnit. I would not recommend this except to someone who enjoys the macabre.
I was skeptical how the author could encompass the scope of subject manner in this book. But he did, and very well! I learned to love the characters, most of them, despised some of them, and learned so much of early England, Germany and Russia. I just could lose myself in that book, close my eyes and imagine everything in detail. Mr Follett is so great in providing that.
I am almost finished with the 2nd of the Trilogy (Winter of The World), which continues the story of Fall of Giants. I love this also just as well. Last year I listened to A Dangerous Fortune by Mr Follett and loved that also.
He is very good at recreating so many different characters and accents. This trilogy involves several nationalities and he's able to go from one to another...also male/female without disturbing the listeners' ear. I was pleasantly surprised.
No. I needed to take the time to let the information "settle" in my mind. There is a lot of history that I needed to grasp, which was fine and I enjoyed that.
In listening to this, I learned two things. One) I am so very lucky that I live in America, born in 1948 and didn't have to suffer the things that ones before me did. Two) I've never lived with a war on my soil with bombers overhead, waiting for the blitz, blackouts, trenches, rations, all those things. I am really looking at life differently now. I'm 65 and my life is very good compared to life in Fall of Giants. And when I was in high school, I hated history class. I've learned more from Mr. Folletts' book about that time period than I ever did in school. Thank you very much!
I was there!
Vivian...she turned out to be so caring and loving. Not what I had thought at first and then I loved her. I wanted to sit at her bedside with Laurel at the end.
The very, very best! I kept thinking how different this story would be to read it rather than hear it. That was one of the best things. Now I'm going to seek out the other books that she and Ms Morton have collaborated on.
It would be Jimmy. Such a caring man, gentle and willing to talk about most anything. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body.
I love hearing about the things in that time period, the 1940's, the war, the way people had to cope, etc. And ofcourse this was England, things there are different from America anyway. When I finished the story, I kept going back over the last 2-3 chapters because I couldn't belive it ended that way! It wasn't a bad way, I was surprised so that was good!
I kept thinking, "Oh no, watch out for that guy you can't trust him"..."It's no good, Mitch, you're smarter than that...no, no!" I was with him all the way!
I loved Mitchs' creativity! No wonder he was 5th in his graduating class! I loved how he handled Them. And he was cool in every sense of the word.
That was the only part I didn't care for about the story. He tried to be so slick and he came off sounding "smarmey". His accents were all off. Sorry, couldn't do it in '3 words'.
When Abbey confronted the Fibbie on the bus and relayed to him so much info about the operation.....he was confounded that she knew so much and wasn't even aware of who she was. And then when she told him just how many files they had copied ...... Wow! He was amazed. He knew he wasn't dealing with just any lawyer.
Once I knew this Bendino Law Firm had thier hooks into Mitch, I couldn't put my mp3 down. I had watched the Firm on tv last year, so I had him in my mind.......mmmmm.
It's one of the most unique stories, woven in an extremely creative way. And there's so much history to be learned from it also. I've read so many crime dramas, courtrooms, etc. This is family, war, emotions, reality, heart wrenching issues and I just would listen and was so glad I picked it.
Oh, that's easy....it's the storyteller...Ania. So strong of a woman, I don't think I could be that strong and then to tell her story with such grace. I hated her in the beginning, I thought 'What a cold woman'. But into the second part she became so strong and loving to her family and I could see what brought her to make the choices that she made. It was a hard time in 1941 Leningrad, I'm certain.
That's one of the best parts! The language! Ania is Russian-American but a lot of it takes place in Russia during the Siege with Germany. Her use of the language, the names and towns was so beautiful it was like music. You can't get that from any book, no matter how pretty the cover is!!
Maybe Stacie....She had thought her mother (Vera, to her) was dead, even had a headstone for her. And Stacie had become Americanized. And who walks into her home?
I would love to spend time with Stacie and find out what her life had been like from age 5 till now.
This book is very much worth the read. I thought the two daughters bickering in the beginning was getting on my nerves, but into the second part I could see how that all played into the story. A very creative book. I just may listen to it again this winter....in front of my fire.
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