I have been enjoying this Elm Creek Quilt Series immensely and must admit this 4th in the series is most disappointing. While the historical context and characters involved with the pre Civil War era Underground Railroad were interesting, I found it overbearing. The charming nature of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek characters only briefly appeared in this story. I'm sure I will continue on with the series, but will take a break after this disappointment.
After many recommendations, I had been wanting to read this book for years. The story was slow, plodding and maybe interesting to a New Yorker or big city person. Plot was not believable and the main character, Oscar, not particularly admirable. First listen I came very close to not finishing.
I was so sorry to have this series come to a premature end. It will be hard to wait until 2014 for the Third in the series!
This novel weaves together the stories of 5 families from Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States during the lead up to WWI until just before WWII. Fall of Giants beautifully highlights class and cultural differences during this time in history. Follet develops his characters in such an easy and enjoyable fashion that the long book is over too quickly. Fortunately, the sequel is just as enjoyable. John Lee does a perfect job as narrator.
After a friend recommended The Poisonwood Bible to me, I purchased it from Audible and this was the first audio book I read. Barbara Kingsolver's character development and ability to "speak" from the heart of her characters is astounding. The listener is transported to the deepest corners of Africa with this missionary family and as the tale unravels, the history of revolution is intertwined with the confusion of faith and the reality of growing up. This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
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