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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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    Ramona Fishers, IN, United States 10-09-12
    Ramona Fishers, IN, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "History comes alive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billie. He was witty and kind.


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

    No, I have not listed to John Lee before.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme emotions, but I did find the book very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world during WW I.

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    Tiffany Topeka, KS, United States 10-08-12
    Tiffany Topeka, KS, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE Ken Follett!"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    Yes, this is such a great story and I really like the story line and the characters.


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    leighda 10-08-12
    leighda 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Not what i expexted"

    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.

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    Jeffrey Houston, TX, United States 10-04-12
    Jeffrey Houston, TX, United States 10-04-12
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    "Will US Empire follow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    YES, I can enjoy this while I drive. It's the reason I do audio books


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

    Aviator, or Howard Hughes. Both stories are captivating.


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

    G Peshkov, how he changed with the times.


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

    The Earl, he did keep his empire going.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read all this from the historical perspective and I know what is comming but this is still a great read!

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    Heidi MODESTO, CA, United States 10-04-12
    Heidi MODESTO, CA, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Blend of Characters come alive in stress & love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone studying history and wanting a better understanding of WWI and its ramifications in the world today.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Interesting times ahead.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for inviting me to participate. Enjoyed the book.

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    Amazon Customer 10-04-12
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    "Great book, but uggg very rated R"
    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story, great window in to the history around WWI, great, great performance


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee was amazing


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    Matthew Fischer Cincinnati 10-03-12
    Matthew Fischer Cincinnati 10-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I love these historical fiction books"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    Gives one a perspective of historical events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity.


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

    I think he does great character voices


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The war/battle segments are very compelling


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 10-01-12
    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 10-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining-Educational-Worthwhile


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

    Pillars of the Earth is similar. The research was equally fantastic and both stories held my interest from the start.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is an amazing narrator - the accents were flawless - and his voice !!!-- ahhhh - he could read the phone book!!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Just downloaded Book 2 and I can't wait to listen.

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    S. White Missouri 09-30-12
    S. White Missouri 09-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding novel and narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    No one part is my favorite, it take it all to make the story complete


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same as with liking that best-Follett protrays it all so well, there is not any way to make a choice


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

    Title is perfect, wouldn't call it another -just would not be the perfect title that it has!


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    Melissa Rochelle 09-24-12
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    "Fascinating listen despite length."

    A great listen if you've got a lot of time! John Lee is a superb narrator and truly brought each character to life.

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