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Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World

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Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it ranges from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.

At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover, and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.

Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett’s uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy The Century. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin US/Macmillan Digital Audio

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    A Jennings Calgary Canada 03-19-15
    A Jennings Calgary Canada 03-19-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent"

    An excellent listen. Really hope young people read this book, we should never forget! Highly recommended. Brilliant author and brilliant narrator!

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    BS 03-14-15
    BS 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Learn history through real peoples lives"

    I rally enjoyed listening .Feel I know more about botn sites .I am looking forward to the nezt book.Hopefully Ken Follet focus even more on the political situation and the changes in the society . Too many lovestories may distroy the historical importance of the series.

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    Wendy Queenstown, New Zealand 05-31-13
    Wendy Queenstown, New Zealand 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read Ken Follett Wins again"

    Another great book in Ken Follett's series - I love most of his books and John Lee is a fabulous narrator

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

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    "An excellent follow up to Bk 1"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    I found it quite confronting but having a rough idea what was coming next , found I could not stop listening. it was compelling and the interweaving of characters was clever rather than annoying


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    Fall of GIants


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lees narration was excellent , being able to maintain character was amazing , I may search him as a narrator an excellent fit for Ken Follets Books!


    Who was the most memorable character of Winter of the World and why?

    Lloyd Williams but just a touch naïve


    Any additional comments?

    worth a listen

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    Alan 03-11-13
    Alan 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, it is a shame the audio skips."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, follet is a great writer, it is a pity the recording is not well produced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    All the book is great


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    no, he is great


    Do you think Winter of the World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does, in fact I believe it is a trilogy, we are missing one last book, it should be published late this year.


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    Peter Randburg, South Africa 03-11-13
    Peter Randburg, South Africa 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "History though story"
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Great follow on and looking forward to book 3. Well told story and if you have watched Downton Abbey then it gives some idea of the other lives


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maud - Complex and difficult choices she made


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find listening I get more out than reading and remember far more. Reading I do to relax whilst listening is more entertainment. This was more of a mini series of the mind.


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    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 02-27-13
    Rachel Fitzroy, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Just as good as the first"

    Upon finishing "Fall of Giants" and checking out other books by Ken Follett I was thrilled to discover that there was a sequel! I downloaded it instantly and listened in every available moment until I finished.

    Building on the background of Fall of Giants, Winter of the World picks up a fair few years after Fall of Giants finishes, and focuses on the children of the characters from Fall of Giants. I found this a refreshing way to go about writing a sequel; it had the perfect combination of familiarity and novelty.

    While I recommend listening to/reading Fall of Giants first, that is by no means essential, with the two books complementing each other rather than requiring each other.

    There are some scenes in this book that I think will stick in my brain forever. I enjoyed it just as much as the first and cannot wait for the third book to be published.

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    Steve Tapping, Australia 01-30-13
    Steve Tapping, Australia 01-30-13
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    "Wow - Fantastic the best book Ken has written!"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Absolutely i will read this book again when the next instalment is getting close to release. i have really enjoyed all of Ken work and this was no disappointment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and attention to detail for the period was superb, i really can’t wait for the final instalment in the millennium series and i am sure i will be left feeling hollow and wanting more when it is finished as I have with Ken’s other great series.


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

    They were all great and i have enjopyed all of Johns work on Ken's books, John kept the characters voices consistent throughout the book, if i had to pick a faviourite it would be Ethel Leckwith


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really the whole book was emotional up and down


    Any additional comments?

    Cetainly a must read

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    sherry Salamina, Greece 01-29-13
    sherry Salamina, Greece 01-29-13
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    "Ken Follett...need I say more?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It is an interesting tale, woven thru WWII history, told thru the eyes of very real and vivid characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned so much about the facts behind the facts of WWII.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I usually prefer to hear a man reading; I don't know why, but there it is. John Lee has a strong easy to listen to voice.


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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 01-25-13
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 01-25-13
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    A book easily read, my first Kollett book. I will certainly read others. The characters, as well as the times are well drawn.. Whilst I generally thought the book met all criteria as far as entertainment went, I felt there were times that it dragged perhaps it is to long and at times a little to much detail. Was I pleased to have bought it?, certainly, would I recommend purchase? very much so.

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  • zomodo
    10/25/12
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    "Hmmmmmnnn....."

    So. How to begin? I would love to say this was a great book, I enjoyed the first one. But I felt this book was more of an historical book rather than a literary novel. Ken Follet really knows his stuff however so I cannot fault him on that and I learned a few things! On a negative side there were far too many silly coincidences. Everyone crosses everyone else's path across Europe, Britain, USA and Russia, what are the chances! I even began to roll my eyes and I guessed that the British brother in the French resistance would be the one to discover his other brother in the fighter plane over France. And it becomes a little condescending when ken reminds us of things more than once, like he doesn't trust us to remember, I didn't like that, it wasnt helpful. And I actually listened to a whole part of a book on time and a half speed, the narration was just a little too slow for me. If u have read the first book I suppose you have to listen to this one but otherwise I wouldn't really recommend (saying that tho, I will probably read the third one when it comes out!)

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  • mollyeyre
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    8/15/16
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    "Difficult review to write."

    This book is so well written and transported me into the war-torn times in Germany, Russia, Britain and America. I have got to know the characters - (I re-read the first book in the trilogy before starting this - the second).

    My problem is that I now have such a heavy heart - feeling as if I was 'there'. Such desolation and cruelty made me weep.

    So, my reason for my troubled review, is that I was absolutely hooked- yet at the same time I could not carry on listening and had to give it a rest frequently. Excellently drawn characters that I grew to love - (or hate) such detailed insights into behaviour during the war - this really is a brilliant book - but I just feel SO sad.

    John Lee reads well, and adds to the story.

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  • Thad Beumont
    Edinburgh
    8/4/16
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    "John Lee fails to ruin another book"

    I really quite dislike John Lee's narration of this and the other books in the series. During periods with little dialogue and just his monotonous rhythm it us difficult to pay attention. However, to be fair he comes into his own when giving character to the voice parts. his characterisation is really very good.

    As for the story: I felt it was a little more rushed and less detailed than the first book, but I very much enjoyed the characters old and new. There are thrilling bits, titillating bits and dramatic bits. All in all a pleasant historical romp.

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  • Alyson J
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    7/2/16
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    "Absolutely Stunning"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    There are so many. But I think is has to be when Carla sacrificed herself in place of Rebecca with the soldiers. I think I also have to say when Woody lost Joanne at Pearl Harbour.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    A bit warped but I actually enjoyed the bit where Maude and Carla killed the Nazi soldier and had to dispose of the body. The subtle humour Ken Follett had added was brilliant.


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

    Yes, if I could have sat for 30 hours or so and listened I would. I went late into the night many a time not wanting to 'put my iPod down'!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally absorbing. I love the way the real history is interwoven with the story and the way all the families are linked. I listened to all 3 in the series and felt a bit 'bereft' as there was no more to listen to. An absolutely must if you like real history interlinked with drama. And John Lee is absolutely amazing. His accents are brilliant and has such a listenable voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Fajardo
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    5/25/16
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    "Loved it."

    I was sorry it ended, every time I listened to more, there was less left.
    Very fitting configuration to the first book.

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  • Philip
    5/18/16
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    "Winter of the World Ken Follett"

    Another exquisite book in the series well read with an actor who articulated the characters really well
    As always I would recommend that the actor checks up how to pronounce The Welsh language ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    5/10/16
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    "The 2nd book goes to a new level"

    This covers the next generation from the 1st book, therefore works as a stand alone, but I wouldn't recommend not reading Fall of Giants. The 2nd world war is back drop to our families and adds to the previous stories and intertwines the story line at a pace, The length of the book does not seem noticeable as all to soon the closing statement from audible was heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DR PHIL JENKIN
    4/26/16
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    "excellent"

    Excellent story, as you would expect from this author. Very good narration. Overall well worth it in every aspect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.A.
    4/10/16
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    "Excellent book. Detailed and historically accurate"

    Enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down. Loved the accurate historical nature of this book.

    If you want to read something gripping and based on true event then I recommend this.

    The narrator did a good job of distinguished between the many characters.

    The only criticism is the chapters don't correspond to the content - but this does not distract in any way from the quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR A M INNES
    2/4/16
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    "Great read."

    Loved it well read. Good mixture of factual historical info on WW 2. And a good fictional story line also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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