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.
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"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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This is a great listen for those who love long books, historical fiction and John Lee's rich interpretive reading. I give it two thumbs up. Loved it and learned quite a bit about the social and political developments leading to WWI and the Russian Revolution.
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I started reading Follet's spy novels way back when and was a fan. I really enjoyed his trilogy about building a cathedral in medieval England. So he undertakes another epic trilogy this one starting with WWI. It was an enjoyable listen, gave me a good perspective on how all of the pieces of that war fit together, and I'll look forward to the next one. And, he weaves a nice, little story while educating us on history.
He does a great job
The story wasn't as strong as his other books. Follett was more interested in his characters hopping into the sack than giving us a good page turning story.
Give me a well written historical novel and I'm happy. I learn something and get one hell of a story.
John Lee is great! Simply great!
His gift with accents! His excitement while acting as a go between matches my own.
The house maid to member of parliament Eth is very attractive
Great book! When is the next one to begun, finished, recorded?
We are retired, have been full-time RVers for three years. We love listening to audio books while on the road.
Ken Follett's' books keep me spell bound, another novel that, for me, was hard to stop listening to until the end.
I love the time period of which he writes....my imagination soars!
The whole story.
John Lee did an excellent job in his narration, making the characters come to life.
I look forward to seeing the movie.
A great mix of history and fiction. Characters are well done and you get a real feel of the times. The narrator was off in the beginning. Too abrupt and lacking a natural rhythm. I did feel he got into the flow by the half way point and does do very well with the different character voices.
I would highly recommend this book. For one credit it is a no brainer. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Follet is such a great writer. This book is wonderful and educational. I love the narrator he is terrific! If you liked pillars of the earth and enjoy US history this is for you.
This would be in my top 5 listens if not for the vulgar language and excessive sex scenes. Too bad it was ruined by that, for me.
Very interesting to hear how the war affected people of all walks of life. The story was pretty formulaic. But it was easy to read and enjoyable. The american accent of the story teller was a bit hard to take but other than that it was a really good job.
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