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
"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)
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.
An epic tale.
Lev. He is a 'survivor'.
This is my first one. He is great!
I wanted to, but is a very LONG story.
I'll be ordering the second book of the trilogy soon.
Let me write for you!
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.
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.
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!
Outstanding! I always enjoy the stellar performance of Dan Stevens, the narrator. I believe Ken Follett is a consummate storyteller. Although I have read a fair number of histories, I felt, at times, as if I was living through and understanding aspects of this era for the first time. Bravo. I can hardly wait to continue with the second of this trilogy.
I read the book and listened to the audio. I prefer the audio because the uses accents and makes it a very interesting experience.
It would be Ethel. I would ask her why she didn't get more money out of Fitz when she learned she was pregnant.
It is very hard to say because he brings all the characters to life with his brilliant performance.
I wish Stevens would have narrated the other books in this series.
Always enjoy listening to books especially those about World War I. Mr. Martin does a great job near rating. Not just a pretty face ;)
Ken Follett does not disappoint.. The characters are engaging and provoking, the storytelling is top notch. He weaves an intricate tapestry of fact, fiction and history to create unforgettable stories.
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