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)
Billie. He was witty and kind.
No, I have not listed to John Lee before.
No extreme emotions, but I did find the book very interesting.
I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world during WW I.
Yes, this is such a great story and I really like the story line and the characters.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
I have been through two of Folletts other novels. Pillars of the earth and World without endd.
I was expecting something along those lines. It was very different and I stopped after a couple hours. Just didnt catch my interest.
YES, I can enjoy this while I drive. It's the reason I do audio books
Aviator, or Howard Hughes. Both stories are captivating.
G Peshkov, how he changed with the times.
The Earl, he did keep his empire going.
I've read all this from the historical perspective and I know what is comming but this is still a great read!
I would recommend it to anyone studying history and wanting a better understanding of WWI and its ramifications in the world today.
Its a saga for sure. Several years ago on a long road trip we listened to a series of academic lectures on WWI, which definitely helped me put the characters adn siguations in perspective.
People getting dressed just so before going out. Who does that any more? I recently attended a women's business conference and most of the attendees were not in business clothes. I think our culture needs to take a turn back to better clothes and grooming.
Interesting times ahead.
Thank you for inviting me to participate. Enjoyed the book.
Great story, great window in to the history around WWI, great, great performance
John Lee was amazing
Gives one a perspective of historical events.
I think he does great character voices
The war/battle segments are very compelling
Pillars of the Earth is similar. The research was equally fantastic and both stories held my interest from the start.
He is an amazing narrator - the accents were flawless - and his voice !!!-- ahhhh - he could read the phone book!!!!
It made me laugh and cry. The characters were so well-developed - and reading about WW1 from the points of view of Germans, Russians, Americans and British was really an eye-opening experience.
Just downloaded Book 2 and I can't wait to listen.
I would and have recommended this audiobook to several friends based not only on the enjoyment that I had in the novel itself but in John Lee's narration of it. I am a hard core fan of both gentelemen. Follett, always and outstanding author, has put together a story that follows families from both sides of WWI that intertwines their lives in a historically correct accounting of that era as well as conditions of each of the social strata that he involves. In turn, John Lee narrates it utilizing his talents in taking on each part as if he were that person, right down to the accents, voice and emotion. "Fall of the Giants" follows the pattern of writing, accuracy and narration of both of these men just as "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" . Can't wait for the next of this series, "Winter of the World" to continue this story!
No one part is my favorite, it take it all to make the story complete
Same as with liking that best-Follett protrays it all so well, there is not any way to make a choice
Title is perfect, wouldn't call it another -just would not be the perfect title that it has!
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