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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 Member Since 2009
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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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    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 2013

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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.


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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.

    1 of 1 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
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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!

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    Karen 04-14-15
    Karen 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    I read the book and listened to the audio. I prefer the audio because the uses accents and makes it a very interesting experience.


    If you could take any character from Fall of Giants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Ethel. I would ask her why she didn't get more money out of Fitz when she learned she was pregnant.


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    first time mom los angeles, ca 03-24-15
    first time mom los angeles, ca 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the book and the performance by Dan Stevens"
    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    It is very hard to say because he brings all the characters to life with his brilliant performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stevens would have narrated the other books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madelyn United States 03-07-15
    Madelyn United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good"

    Always enjoy listening to books especially those about World War I. Mr. Martin does a great job near rating. Not just a pretty face ;)

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    paula 01-27-15
    paula 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful !"

    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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    Ryan Golding 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic for fans of history"

    One of the greatest stories I've ever been told. The narrator is fantastic and his use of voices for each character helps keep the epic story relatable.

    The story is fantastic the characters unforgettable and all written with an ease that makes the whole thing an absolute joy to listen to

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