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Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1 | [Ken Follett]

Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his 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....

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.

©2010 Ken Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning: Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy." (Amazon.com review)

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    Gareth Allen, TX, United States 03-14-11
    Gareth Allen, TX, United States 03-14-11
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    "Fascinating! Awesome book"

    I think this book was better than pillers of the earth, and that's saying something. It was absolutely fascinating to read about life in the early 20th century. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and REALLY hope book 2 comes out soon. Don't worry, book 1 finishes at a good point, you aren't left with a cliff hanger.

    I read the abridged version of this book and regret it, the book was so good I wondered what I may have missed by going with the abridged version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Warren, MA, United States 06-13-11
    Audrey Warren, MA, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!"

    The book is enjoyable on its own but the narration abilities of Dan Stevens make it stand out. Probably the best voice EVER and he can go from one character to another without missing a beat or accent. This will take the sting out of a long flight better than anything else- who cares about a two hour delay with this companion!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G United States 12-05-10
    G United States 12-05-10

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    "Beautifully written, even more beautifully read"

    Ken Follett has produced another extremely well constructed and interesting story but the reading by Dan Stevens is as good as it could get. How smoothly he transitions from one voice to another, one accent to another, one gender to another is nothing short of miraculous. No author or listener could wish for better.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John West Mifflin, PA, United States 11-14-12
    John West Mifflin, PA, United States 11-14-12
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    "A Masterful Storyteller"
    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    An epic tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lev. He is a 'survivor'.


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

    This is my first one. He is great!


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

    I wanted to, but is a very LONG story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be ordering the second book of the trilogy soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Atkins Southern California 09-17-12
    Kathryn Atkins Southern California 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Let me write for you!

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    "Great Experience"
    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    A long book, this Follett tome never lags. The story leaves us wanting more. The performer, Dan Stevens, manages to keep us engaged through it all, an amazing credit to his style and voice(s), which are varied, character correct, and entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shirley K. Bigham 09-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "alot of action, very interesting and sometimes"

    on the edge of your seat thriller, this listen was excellent and proved to be worth every minute listening. I felt the ending was sorta just hurried up, but over all excellent.

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    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 11-05-12
    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I did not find this book rewarding to me,"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no, as it was long and repeated over and over again the war situation and I personally was not impressed in this particular book


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    One couple got together in the end and all was well, the least was too many people and too much war for me


    What aspect of Dan Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

    He was a good performer but the story was a bit hard to keep up with


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

    no, I dont think so


    Any additional comments?

    others may enjoy but I did not care for it and I usually love all Ken Follett reads

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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