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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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  • Amazon Customer
    3/16/15
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    "Another great one"

    Really good story again from Mr Follett, can't wait for the next one now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • victoria Goldaracena
    3/8/15
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    "Brilliant book!!"
    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    This is a great book, told amazingly well, the accents are done to perfection. Immensely entertaining,


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

    Ethel


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

    I listened to the book in a week, it was captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walter
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    2/24/15
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    "Amazing John Lee"

    John gives live to a nice trip on our history. amazing reading and beatiful book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    2/12/15
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    "The Great War experienced, lived and shared"

    This is the first book I have read by Ken Follett and I thought it was worth the wait.
    I felt the narrative by John Lee was top of the class. His voices for the varied characters was fantastic. I could really imagine all of them through his vocal characterisation of them. He really drew the story together and helped to keep the reader engaged throughout.
    This is a humongous book and it took me just under a month to read little by little. The characters from the UK, Germany, USA and Russia are so different yet their stories link and flow well from one to the other. It is key to see the events of history from the different perspectives. They hold the reader’s interest throughout. I was keen to find out how all their lives developed.
    While the reader is aware of the history of this time before during and immediately after the Great War, we do not know the history of these individual characters and it was lovely sharing their lives and views of the world as they move through this time.
    History is seen by many as a ‘dry’ subject looking at events in the recent or as in this case distant past. However Folletts' style of writing is such that it gives clear concise detail of events while giving details of the characters to keep the reader with the story.
    I am so sad in lots of ways to finish this first book of the trilogy and leave all these fine characters but look forward to return to them in book two which I will be starting in the very near future.
    I would highly recommend this book to all.

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  • jj_reviewerextraordinaire
    2/11/15
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    "Excellent narrator, well spun historical novel."

    Thoroughly enjoyable book.
    The narrator was perfect - excellent voices and very easy on the ear.
    I'll be eagerly seeking out another book with the same author/narrator pairing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    2/11/15
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    "Canny listen, classic Follett"

    I quite like Ken Follett, he tells a great story, but the level of description really transports you to the time in which that story is told. Whether it's a medieval cathedral or wartime Britain; he really knows his stuff with a a keen eye for the smallest of details.

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  • C
    1/24/15
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    "Long winded"

    Could not get into it, even after listening again to some parts. Too heavy and mundane for me, sorry :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • karen gittus
    1/23/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Zube
    Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
    1/9/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    1/8/15
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    "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

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