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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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    Tarry Summerville, SC 11-23-12
    Tarry Summerville, SC 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.

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    "a different view of history"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    not until I've read the rest of the trilogy


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    all the miners were priceless


    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    the loss of dynasties


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    Anne Rossley 11-20-12
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    "I found excuses to listen more!"
    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best audiobook I have listened to this year, and I've enjoyed quite a few great ones!

    I am happy to clean my basement, do laundry, and drive the kids - this book is so terrific that I find reasons to keep listening!

    The history is fascinating, and Ken Follett does a great job of interweaving the lives of these compelling characters in unexpected and interesting ways.

    Kudos to John Lee for an outstanding performance -- his accents/voices make the characters come to life and help to advance the story. I am going to look for his work in the future.

    Right now, though, I'm going to buy the next book in the trilogy!!


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    Marie Verrett Cell 11-19-12
    Marie Verrett Cell 11-19-12 Member Since 2016

    “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

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    "Definitely A Dream Team: Follett/Lee"
    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far, this is the best book of the series that I've listened to so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick a favorite character because I liked something about all the characters because of how John Lee brought life to each of them. His range of believable accents were amazing, even with the female parts, I could picture the women saying the things in the way that John said them. I identified most with Ethel, who didn't allow herself to be typecasted by others.


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

    This was my first experience listening to John Lee and all I can say is "Wow!" It took me a bit to get used to Lee's style until the character began to "talk" and he had me from that moment on.


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

    It was hard to put my earphones away and go to bed because the story line was so riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    History is a weak spot for me because I didn't enjoy it as a youth. This made me wished that I read more as a youth and I might have come across great writers who made history come alive like Ken Follett does. Bravo for the performance and bravo for the duo!

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-12 Member Since 2011

    JB

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    "Dumb now dumb then"

    We seem to come up good reasons to start wars then decide that loosing is better than stopping. The people who make money don't want to stop. If the cost is hidden many like to ride on the wagon.Victims seem to be the the only real loosers.

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    Kristen W. ALLEN PARK, MI, United States 11-13-12
    Kristen W. ALLEN PARK, MI, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader turned "listener" when I had to learn to fit reading and cleaning into one nap time.

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    "History and fiction"

    An absolutely beautiful combination if fiction and history, it is beyond entertaining, especially for those interested in world history. Loved it.

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    Celina Maple Grove, MINNESOTA, United States 11-13-12
    Celina Maple Grove, MINNESOTA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Follet, good as always..."
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    yes, Follet writes amazing stories...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethel, because of the causes she defends and how she does it.


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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 11-13-12
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 11-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    This is another great epic saga from Ken Follett. As usual, he has done a superb job of researching his subject matter, and he brings to life the lives of five different intertwined families around the time of the First World war.

    The character depictions are done well, and John Lee is a great narrator who has an excellent command of dialects and voices. His American accents are less convincing than his English. Welsh, Russian and German accents, but that's only a very minor flaw.

    Follett manages to bring to life all of the political and social issues without being pedantic or overbearing. All the characters are related to one another by six degrees of separation, and there are some very satisfyingplot turns.

    This is a book which engages the mind and the heart. It's as rich and satisfying as a seven-course meal.

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    Aimee K Henderson Cleveland, MS, US 11-12-12
    Aimee K Henderson Cleveland, MS, US 11-12-12
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    I love the story. Ken Follett does a great job of connecting the characters in ways you would not immediately assume. The story has a lot of characters but it is necessary in a book of this length.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I love how he changes his voice for different characters. It makes the book more interesting to listen too.


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

    No, the book is much to lengthy to listen to in one sitting. Personally, I like that. It is great for runners or for a long car ride!


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    Christine SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-12-12
    Christine SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that even though the story is compelling the narrator makes the whole experience. He is incredibly talented. There is no way I would have enjoyed this book as much if I read it and only had my own voice in my head. I will seek out books from now on that are narrated by this man.

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    Donald Woodstock, GA, United States 11-12-12
    Donald Woodstock, GA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting story. Looking forward to Part 2"
    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    I love stories that can bring actual history to life. This one does exactly that. This is an era of history which I studied very little about in college and it was fascinating to watch it develop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Twice (William Williams). Because he is demonstrates such good judgement and because he is a man of his convictions.


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

    Never before, but John Lee did an incredible job with a very complex set of characters. His dialect and accents covered British aristocracy, cockney, Welsh, Russian, German, French, and American. All brought the characters to life. Masterful.


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