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Barbara

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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
    (5061)
    Performance
    (4278)
    Story
    (4290)

    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"
    "Disappointed"
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    What did you like best about Winter of the World? What did you like least?

    Best: A look at the transition from Nazi to Communist (with a capital C) and similar weaknesses

    Worst: Story was too contrived with characters showing up at every important historical moment. Also horrible Buffalo accent.


    Would you recommend Winter of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends on what the reader's goal of reading this is. For someone who has very limited knowledge of WWII it is a good review.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Again, horrible Buffalo accent, sounded like lower Brooklyn


    Did Winter of the World inspire you to do anything?

    It made me hesitant to read the third segment of the trilogy


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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