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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"a bit disappointed and it was so predictable"
I would try another book by Ken Follett because I have enjoyed his other epics, I got through those very quickly but this one did drag on somewhat.
Although the historic facts seemed to be about right the main characters and the coincidences are altogether too far fetched, I sent this book back and can't think that I will be purchasing the next in the series, it is fair to say disappointing is the right word
Worth listening to just to hear John Lee's wonderful array of accents (particularly the Welsh one)
"Historical Fiction at nearly its best..."
Throughly enjoyable romp through the first quarter of the 20th century from various angles - through the class system - top down; bottom up. From the Western Front, Home Front, Russian revolution and the USA. From the male and female perspectives. Quite an achievement but successfully completed and a highly competent and entertaining result.
"First Time Follett"
Not being overly familiar with the work of Ken Follett I used my credit for Fall of Giants with some trepidation but can say with great relief that it was a credit well spent. Admittedly a history buff with more than a soft spot for Downton Abbey this story greatly appealed to me on a wide range of levels but the very basic story is fantastic and ingeniously interwoven, so much so that were the events of this story entirely fictional (rather than being rooted in real historical events, ie WW1) it would still be a paragon of literary work! The characters are enjoyable for various reasons, the accents of the narrator helping to keep them rooted in your memory and the insights into political and social mindsets of the time are thought provoking. All in all I was hugely impressed by the sheer quality of the piece. It is not without flaws, some coincidences are just too coincidental for my liking but still as a whole it stands firm as a giant among men.....pun intended. I cannot wait for my next credit to pursue the story in Winter of the World in the next coming days. This is a veritable feast of a book to keep you satisfied for weeks!
"Really enjoyed this book"
Yes, very involved with lots of characters knowing how it ended some of the early details would become more relevant
Follow on from the previous book but could easily be read without the 1st, historical details good
Good portrayal of the different characters brought them 'to life'
No too long and involved better in short bursts but hard to put down in the final stages
Recommend it to any age group or interests, contains history, romance and drama
This is a great very engaging series of books, which tackles world history in a way which doesn't feel like a lesson, but teaches a lot along the way. I'm going to recommend it to my 14yr old to listen to too. Great character development & great getting inside the heads of characters from many different countries/ social spheres all experiencing the same events. You get a lot of hours listening for your money too!
Really can't speak highly enough of this book. Excellent big historical drama covering the period before during and just after the 1st World War. You follow the lives of families in Russia, Germany, Wales / England and USA. The narration of John Lee adds to the enjoyment. Probably the best audio book I have listened to and superb value for money give that it is over 30 hours long. Brilliant.
"Fall of Giants by Ken Follett"
Brilliantly written captivating story that spans over time and holds your interest with every word that is spoken. The narrator John Lee, had a wonderfully expressive voice and welsh accent with great feeling. Magic story.
"FALL OF GIANTS"
A SWEEPING EPIC ENCOMPASSING THE LIVES OF SEVERAL INTERTWINED FAMILIES THROUGH THE LAST YEARS OF PEACE AND INTO THE HORRORS OF THE GREAT WAR.
"The first book in The Century series."
After reading The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End I was so excited to find this book by Follett and also to find that it was the first of a three part series and I can't wait for the third book! Ken Follett writes so well, keeping the reader constantly interested and wanting more.... John Lee is the perfect narrator for his novels.
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