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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"Fall of Giants"
A well written story and as well as entertaining I found it quite enlightening as although very aware of world war 1,my knowledge of events and those times are sketchy at best . I thought John Lee read it well and the drama flowed along nicely. I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
"I wasn't expecting to like it...ended up loving it"
I started listening to this book in lieu of the one I wanted not being downloaded to my iPod. I imagined this would be a stop gap until I could get the other book downloaded however from about 20 minutes in I was pretty hooked. A BIG story with lots of characters, all brilliantly realised, spanning a couple of decades and covering WW1 and times after, gripping and exciting. I will definitely be listening to the second part very soon.
"An excellent book"
I have the hard back, e book and the audio book,
Read it twice and now just finished listening to it for the second time
Starting winter of the world tomorrow again read twice and listened once already
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gripping and exciting story line
"Fall of Gaints"
A great story. I can't wait to start the second in this trilogy.Hope the next
two are as interesting as the first book !
Gripping, Interesting, Brilliant
When Grigori had to give up his ticket for the USA
the wedding of Maud and Walter
kinda, yes !
I loved the different accents for the different characters
"Thoroughly enjoyed this after a few false starts"
History made interesting!
As a 47 year old it's been a long time since I suffered through long, boring, history lessons in school. It was a subject I grew to detest and it coloured my choices for a long time. For this reason, I started and stopped this book a few times before really getting going on it.
Ken Follett's Fall of Giants has had me racing to Wikipedia over and over to read and learn more about the background to the story he has masterfully written. At the end of the audiobook, and on his website, the author describes how he interweaves real historical people and events with the fictional, and how he endeavours to keep those interactions True to the history. As I've listened, and researched and learned I have certainly found that to be the case.
Many thanks to the author for rekindling this thirst for history.
The depiciton of the Battle of the Somme, and for that matter the whole description of the trench warfare was enthralling, disturbing and enlightening --- and it lead to further reading, of course.
So many characters! and so well brought to life! John Lee's voicing of the Williams family had me wondering if he was Welch (apparently not!). I suppose my 2 favourites would have to be Gus and Billy .. but Billy would win out by a hair's breadth.
I've just finished the book a few minutes ago, and felt I had to write the review straight away.
The depiction of WW1 is hardly a "moment" in the book ... it's a significant chunck of the tale ... but it's what springs to mind as I contemplate the question. The start of the Battle of the Somme, and Gus's first experiences on the front are the 2 events in particular which stuck with me.
This audiobook was 30 hours long ... it did not feel like it at all!
John Lee's excellent narration, and Ken Follett's ability to bring history to life, is partnership I'm looking forward to enjoying in the next 2 books in this series.
"Incredible story, slightly annoying accents..."
This book is excellent. It centers around the first world war; historical information is presented in an informal manner through the characters' lives. A holistic picture is given as the characters range in class and nationality. The narrating is slightly annoying as John Lee's accents can be rather cliched but after a while this is unnoticeable and even good fun. Would recommend as a pick-up-and-put-down novel, I'm listening on my 30 minute walk to and from work and getting through it nicely.
"The Twentieth Century brought to Life"
The characters and the narration
Billy Twice (William Williamson)
Very good reader and makes the book enjoyable
The book is long which is a good thing. Wish I had the time for one sitting
"Enjoyable saga & history lesson"
Haven't read print but narrator keep book flowing with good accents for different characters. Story itself is also great, i didn’t know too much about this period but this novel takes you through it easily
I think Ethel & her brother William because I'm welsh
Very good performance & great with the different accents
Sorry don't know what tag is
I loved the first trilogy set in the 15th / 16th centuries. This was no where near as interesting. I found the politics boring. But, this may be just because the subject is less interesting to me.
Maybe ... he's quite ... booming.
All the political stuff.
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