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
Buena novela histórica con personajes llenos de virtudes y defectos, todos pueden pasar de queridos a mal queridos. Historia rápida que mezcla la historia con la ficción y te hace querer saber mas de la verdad pero también de las relaciones ficticias. Lev es un campeón!
I downloaded this audiobook somewhat on a whim. Four and a half stars from a few hundred ratings, sounds like it will be a good book, and then over 30 hours, how's that for value for money?!
Then I started listening... and I basically didn't stop. I was hooked from the first chapter. The writing is brilliant, and the characters even better. I usually struggle with books with heaps of characters, but Ken Follett introduces all the characters gradually and in a logical order so I didn't struggle even once.
As well as really enjoying the specifics of each characters story and becoming really invested in how their lives will turn out, the historical context of this book was fantastic for me. I'm ashamed to admit that my history knowledge is shockingly bad; I'd like to blame my schooling but that only takes me so far. So now, my favourite way to learn about history is like this; by reading (or more commonly listening to) a well researched historical fiction book, where the story keeps me listening but I learn all sorts about that period in history at the same time.
This book had me laughing out loud, and at one point tears running down my cheeks. John Lee did an amazing job at narrating an even more amazing story. I could not recommend this enough.
Yes, actually I read the book twice and listened once, I believe the author achieve a good mix between historic facts and fiction to develop an amazing novel
Conspirata of Robert Harris, he also achieve a great story mixing reality with fiction
Great book. A story that will keep you wanting to listen to "just one more chapter". Great reading also. John Lee makes it perfect by his use of accents and the perfect pitch in his voice. I just love Ken Follet and now John Lee. If you liked Pillars of the Earth this book is for you. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels.
This is the first. I hope he does the sequels.
That's a hard one. Billy, Ethel, Maude... all of them.
John Lee is one of my favorite readers. He has a compelling voice and mimics a wide variety of accents without making it too theatrical. I have selected books based on the fact that he is the performer...and I haven't been dissappointed yet.
The characters, of which there are many, are totally real and they way their lives intertwine believable. The backdrop of WWI and the Russian revolution are so interesting, I find myself on the internet doing research on events and persons described in this book.
held my interest throughout. all characters were well woven and believable.
The reader speakes all the characters fluently and consistently. a great listen
I love history. The author and narrator did more than a splendid job. I must state that I love this book. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and the suspense is great, although you know what is going to happen.
The author narrated history factually correct and with a human touch. I love the way the author used symbolism in his stories.
Billy and Ethel make strong characters and I like the political scenes where they were fighting for their rights. Lots to learn from it when you are a young reader.
"The rise of the 99 % and fall of the 1%!
I found this book exciting and can reccomend it.
Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!
I liked so much this book! I am looking foward to listen to the others of the trilogy!
Yes, the reader uses accents which helps realize who is speaking (there are a lot of characters so very useful).
A lot of characters, The plot, etc.
I looked forward to commuting to listen to the story!
The different accents for the characters
"A wonderful experience"
Well written and totally absorbent read with great clarity and a story that is wonderfully real
I have been putting off listening to this book as I couldn't imagine listening to 30 hours. However, I was so gripped by the excellent storytelling, characters and wonderful narration that I listened to this book in no time at all so I'm off to download the sequel, I can't wait!
The story kept me gripped from start to finish, the stories intertwined beautifully and the accents of the narrator added to the pleasure.
All of them
Yes, but was listening in the car whilst travelling for work. Did not want the journeys to end. Only time i have hoped for traffic jams!
"Worth the effort"
It's definitely one of the longest books I've listened too, but the story and narration holds your interest quite well.
"Effortless history lesson."
The performance of this audio book, was matched by the story in it's entertainment value.
The rich tones of the narrator and his seamless switching between accents, genders and classes, enhanced an already excellent web of familial stories, grounded in the everyday politics and struggles of the times.
You will learn to love and empathise with all of the characters of the story.
"History brought to life"
The implausible overlapping of key characters' lives in order to give eyewitness testimony to the key events of the Great War and its' aftermath do not in fact detract from a fascinating story that cracks along at a good pace despite its length. There are moments of considerable emotional impact, moments where light is shed on the complexity of national politics in pre 1914 Europe and moments where the road to hell being paved with good intentions becomes all too real as the Bolsheviks become as terrifyingly unjust as the Tsarist regime they overthrew. The key characters are to a degree all stereotypes whose purpose is to illustrate the historical events they are part of but they are, despite this, worth caring about and far less one dimensional than they might have been. Well worth listening especially as the performance is excellent with characters vividly brought to life.
"A brilliant story brilliantly told"
The story depicts the change of society in the early 20th century, changing the lives of everyone then and now.
"Such compelling Reading"
This book, the first in a stand alone series gives a wonderful insight into the lives of people from different cultures across different continents.
The book takes the reader into and through The Great War demonstrating with theatrical clarity the influences that pervaded the different societies from which the experiences became mutually dependant
Interesting from start to finish, had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this book!
Loved the book so much I had to buy the series. I found the storylines compelling and the social history very interesting especially because the time period is simultaneously looked at from many angles.
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