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Fall of Giants Audiobook
Fall of Giants
Written by: 
Ken Follett
Narrated by: 
John Lee
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Fall of Giants Audiobook

Fall of Giants

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Publisher's Summary

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to immigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot 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.

©2010 Ken Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-15
    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-15
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    "History and Entertainment..."

    Awesome story online and outstanding performance of John Lee. This is the first time I rate an audiobook with five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15 Member Since 2006

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    "A fantastic book"
    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    The sense of eternity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so extremely well written that I have no words to describe it.
    I love most books about history and historical events. This one just gets around to everything relevant for that period. Fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 02-04-15
    Daniel 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, nice narrator."

    I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series. Great story and nice narrator.

    Check it out, peace!

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    Thomas Hughes 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid Follett & Lee package"

    Having listened to "Pillars of the Earth" and "World without end" by the same duo, I knew what to expect. Solid performance all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alvaro Z 05-25-14
    Alvaro Z 05-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "As always, Ken Follet keeps you totally absorbed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For people who like long books and complex plots, as well as a great history background, this is the one! Involving, interesting characters, most well explained historic events, makes you feel like time travel while participating in the lives of the different families, throughout Europe.


    Any additional comments?

    Just waiting for the third volume!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 12-17-13
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 12-17-13 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Great book, not incredibly exiting though"

    I loved the book because it helped me understand history by passing it thru the caracters stories. Its not an incredibly exiting book, and is not as good as Pillars of the Earth, but I loved reading it. its caracters as always display all sorts of emotions, and there are some sex scenes. If you like Ken Follet and history, you will like this book

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    Steve Kinglake, Australia 12-04-13
    Steve Kinglake, Australia 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Superbly read!"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    Yes. John Lee's reading takes me into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Eth. Her ability to rise above mysogisistic jibes. A woman before her time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story, with a good smattering of history to educate us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Cooloongup, Australia 06-11-13
    Douglas Cooloongup, Australia 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ken Follett - Fall of Giants"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this Audio book to anybody, it is an amazing book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    The understanding I got from the history of the 20th Century, the motivations of actions that shook the world of my grandparents, described in a way that I could believe and understand.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I would choose another book read by John Lee, if it was a choice between him and anyone else. Some less than kind comments have been made previously. They are not what I have found.


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

    This is a huge book, as are most of Ken Folletts books, which are particularly suited to audiobooks, due to the size, reading of a book of this length would take forever, and I probably would get sidetracked by something else before i finished.


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    Judith Australia 05-18-13
    Judith Australia 05-18-13
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    "fantastic reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is one of fiction wrapped amongst fact. The ability to read a story immersed in a great plot but at the same time learning fact is delightful and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader was amazing his ability to speak with authentic accents Welsh, Russian, Cockney,American,Upper class English, he could switch from one to the other easily . It made the story really come to life. The plot is interesting and engaging . I spent many nights until the early hours listening when I should have been sleeping.


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    Andrew Parker south australia 05-08-13
    Andrew Parker south australia 05-08-13

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    "History from a human perspective"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    It was an interesting way of learning the history of WW1 from a human point


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all essential


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

    billy rock solid character


    Any additional comments?

    Great story looking forward to no 3 and John Lee does a sterling job of Narration 5 stars John !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Gillian
    By Larkhall, United Kingdom
    10/4/11
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    "Fall of Giants"

    Ken Follet at his best, well written with fantastic plot and great characters. I cant wait for his next block buster.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. H. N. Robinson
    Lymington, Hants United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "A Huge book read by a Master"

    I have almost finished listening to John Lee read this book. He is fantastic at doing all the voices and accents. I'd certainly look out for any other books he has narrated. The story of Fall of Giants is astonishing in its scope. It really gives the background to the complicated start of WWI through the lives of the characters. It highlights the differences in lifestyle and expectations in Wales, England, France, Germany, America and Russia. Especially how people are inter-related through their families and servants and make diplomatic connections in the circles in which they move. Most enjoyable listening - but inevitably some very sad scenarios. However, hope shines through.

    A mammoth task achieved by Ken Follet. Can't wait to listen to the sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • RubyShoes
    Berkshire
    1/28/14
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    "Epic everything"

    I loved this book it's in my top ten best audio books and it's a joy to know I have the next installment yet to listen too. I usually lose interest or find myself needing to skip parts of this type of book they can easily be just too big and padded out with irrelevant chapters not so with this one. John Lee delivers excellent narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    5/1/15
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    "Historical events, personalised"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator's style and cut some of the background action that was less relevant to the story.


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

    For me, the more interesting parts were those that focused on the lives of the individual characters, rather than descriptions of the wider political events or WWI battles.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance might you have changed?

    I've listened to other books narrated by John Lee and have enjoyed them, but I often found this book hard work because of the narration. As long as he was doing dialogue it was fine, but otherwise it felt like every sentence had the same feel - loud, loud and dramatic, fading gradually towards the end...not only was this monotonous at times but it also felt inappropriately overblown at times. For example, how can putting the kettle on for a cup of tea carry the same dramatic weight as a pit explosion?


    Could you see Fall of Giants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I think it would make an excellent TV series and that might have something to do with Ken Follett's ability to make you visualise characters and their situations.


    Any additional comments?

    I do like Ken Follett's sagas because he can place you alongside significant historical figures and at the heart of past events; for me, it personalises history and it makes me want to read/know more about the era, However, the connections between all the major players sometimes feel a bit too unlikely or unbelievable. Whilst there were parts of the story I would have cut out, I think other people with an interest in the details of WWI battles or early 20th century politics might find that side of things rather more interesting than I did. I also like that Follett tries to put the reader into the shoes of most characters, even if that means seeing WWI from the German's perspective one minute, an upperclass British Officer or a regular British soldier or Russian revolutionary the next - you're on everybody's side, always, Overall, it's a good start to the trilogy although I'd be inclined to read the sequels myself rather than listening,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    1/27/15
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    "A wonderful book"
    Any additional comments?

    A book that covers all the major events of The Great War. Starting out in a Welsh mining village in 1912 we go through a fantastic journey to the Peace Treaty of Versailles. Whilst using fictitious characters the events they are placed in are real. Now moving on to book 2.. I can't wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/14/14
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    "Disappointing"

    I didn't finish this and that is unusual. I found it all fairly cliched and boring to be honest. I accept I am in the minority here judging by the other reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    5/3/12
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    "Outstanding"

    .... just finished listening and feel like I've lost "an old friend". I loved the characters and the setting but it's the story which is haunting. An outstanding book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    St John, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "just that bit too predictable"

    I found the plot concerning the five families too predictable, it was easy to guess how their stories would fit in with the world events unfolding. However the description of WW1 and other historical events was detailed and interesting.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Biggleswade, Beds, United Kingdom
    11/8/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved everything about this book. The historical aspect both fact and fiction, the characters and the story line. An excellent narrator was the cherry on top. For me a book that had to be listened to at every opportunity. Can't wait to read the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mike A
    Uk
    10/18/15
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved the audible version. Well read and well written. I look forward to the follow up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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