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Fall of Giants Audiobook

Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Fall of Giants is Ken Follett's magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits…. Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House…. Two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…. Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London….

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the 20th century, changing themselves—and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Exclusive interview: Ken Follett and John Lee Talk about Fall of Giants.

©2010 Kevin Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"A big Book, Follett''s hugely ambitious saga is a sweeping success. Ken Follett has hit another one out of the park with the initial installment of the hugely ambitious Century Trilogy. His fans will rejoice at the richness, complexity, historical sweep and simmering lust in a saga spanning the years 1911 to 1923." (Newark Star Ledger)

"A dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett''s feats that the reader finishes this near 1000-page book intrigued and wanting more." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"[Follett] meticulously reconstructs an era and leads us through the follies and occasional heroics of its protagonists real and imaginary. He is masterly in conveyers so much drama and historical information so vividly...Grippingly told, and readable to the end." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Terrie 03-30-13
    Terrie 03-30-13
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    "Excellent Follett"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    I really enjoyed the perspective offered by Follett of WW1 and the things leading up to it. I also really enjoyed the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say but I really liked Billy Williams. He just has a neat personality.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were great, particularly the Welsh folks. He did the German accents amazingly well and switched back and forth in a conversation effortlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    Definately worth the read for history buffs and Follett fans. His characters, particularly the women, are always so wonderful.

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    Celhughes 03-22-13
    Celhughes 03-22-13
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    "Trilogy, Book 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    I like both audio and print books, Both have a time and place for enjoying,(driving vs quiet reading).


    What other book might you compare Fall of Giants to and why?

    Reviewing history was a great plus for me, this book gave me a time line for the 1st World War that I did not have.


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    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13
    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry it ended"

    A little slow off the blocks but once it got going it was a thoroughbred ! Will be downloading the rest . .

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    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 03-06-13
    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Magnificent Story and Educational To Boot"

    If you are a historical fiction fan, this is a no brainer... buy it without reservation.

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    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 03-06-13
    linda LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my type book but interesting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    i would add a little more excitment. liked the charterters but it seemed to drag on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    ???


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    yes, i thought he did well


    Could you see Fall of Giants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it would have to be condensed more.


    Any additional comments?

    it just was not my type book. I like a little more intense books. this sort of draged on.
    I am going to finish it but i can't wait for it to e;nd. Dont' know if i will listen to the second one.

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    Dennis United States 03-04-13
    Dennis United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dont buy story skips"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no the story skips and you end up missing about a third of the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    great story.the intertwinng of the charcters and real histoy hold your attenion throughout the length


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no first time


    Who was the most memorable character of Fall of Giants and why?

    No they all have a special place in the story and the story would not be the same if one was removed.


    Any additional comments?

    the book jumps forward then back skips and in the end you are constantly trying to find your original place. I figured i missed at least a third of the book because of this. issue were not resolved through service department as far as i was concerned. If I have another issue like this i will move on.

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    Dorinda Forbes 03-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent examplar of the historical novel!"
    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    The three words that I would use to sum up Fall of Giants is Struggle for Power.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Understanding the sameness of people by closely examining thier differences. Peeking into each charecter's life made me realize that they all manifest the same struggles. And these struggles are universal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ethyl chose not to run, at least not at that time. Knowing that she was the best person for the job, but that her first duty prohibitted it is a beautiful example of a real woman.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a huge book, so listening at once was not possible...though I will admit I did have some driveway moments...where you sit in the driveway listening to the end of the scene because you cannot stand not to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the sexually explicit content was a bit too harsh, but again that added to the charecter development.

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    Daniel W. San Jose, Costa Rica 03-03-13
    Daniel W. San Jose, Costa Rica 03-03-13

    Living abroad in Costa Rica, am a frequent traveler with interests in humanities, adventure and technology

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    "Historical Accurate and Great Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    Lots of details about personal experiences in context of history


    Any additional comments?

    Author did a great job with different types of accents, from Welsh coal miners to German army officers

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    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 03-03-13
    Curt Fairfax, VA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired Army, avid listener

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    "WW1 History, not a fan"
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Yes, but only because I have enjoyed all his other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    The end, finally it came. This was a little tedious for me, it reminded me why I was not enthralled in European history, too many family names to recall and sort out. It is the history of the era, but as a casual listener, meaning while I am typically involved in other activities ( driving, chores, exercise) it was not a great story that cleanly captured my attention. I am a Ken Follet fan, I have the next in the series, but I am waiting a bit before listening to the next book.


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

    No.


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    LSC Miami, Fl 02-28-13
    LSC Miami, Fl 02-28-13

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    "Great book and Great quality audio book!"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    It's a great story and good lesson in 'history'.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved John Lee's voice and inflections!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was of course too long for that.


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