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Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Ken Follett here follows up his number-one New York Times best-seller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, pause-resistant epic about the heroism and honor of World War II and the dawn of the atomic age.

Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today) and "grippingly told and readable to the end" (The New York Times Book Review). "If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants," said The Washington Post, "they should be well worth waiting for."

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.... American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific.... English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism.... Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war - but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Cookiej Temecula, CA, United States 01-25-13
    Cookiej Temecula, CA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Follett Followup!"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    This tapestry, well woven. with the second generation of the five families is brilliantly conceived and executed. I continued to learn so much history from this time period.


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

    There are so many that it is difficult to choose. That's not a cop-out either. It's true!


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

    William. John Lee does a wonderful British accent. His Russian is good as well. I wish I could say the same about his American accents ... those leave a little to be desired.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't get over the devastation and horrific circumstances in Germany before, during and after the war. The brutality of war was overwhelming.


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    karinzart hawaii 01-23-13
    karinzart hawaii 01-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "Much Better than "Fall of Giants""
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once again, lots of characters, lots of sub-plots throughout the book, but in the end, it seems to all come together.


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

    The battle scene was pretty creepy


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book better than the "Fall of Giants". I knew both books would be slow and drawn out, so no surprises here. Follett does get into the historical significance of the times and I really think he hit the mark in his depictions. I enjoy his work but I am hoping that the third in this series leaves me wanting more........

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    Shalena 01-18-13
    Shalena 01-18-13

    I am addicted to learning, reading, hiking, travel and, at one time, moving around. Life is as fun as you make it.

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    "I didn't think it was possible"

    This book was even better than the last one! Fall of Giants is by far one of my all-time favorite books...but now Winter of the World has topped it. The history content is riveting, the plot is grand, the characters are wonderful. I can't rave enough about this book. I've already started to listen to it again. If you love history and inspirational books, this series is for you.

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 01-16-13
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "great follow up to fall of giants"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    yes...a lot to absorb in one listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all good


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    as i walk my many miles every day, listening to the book made me lose time of walking...and that was a good thing...walked more miles than i realized

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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 01-14-13
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling"

    I'm always in awe of Ken Follett's ability to write in this epic style that grips the reader's attention throughout.
    I would enjoy it more with a different narrator, however, as John Lee frequently puts his emphasis on the first word in a sentence. This is often bewildering enough to detract from the tale itself.

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    Marco Milano, Italy 01-14-13
    Marco Milano, Italy 01-14-13
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    "History fiction flowing easy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    Two different experiences, both enjoyable. i could never compare a printed version with an audio edition or a screenplay.


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

    The easiest choice would be Fall of Giants, but Gone with the Wind is a proper comparison.


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Professional, passionate, catching.


    If you could rename Winter of the World, what would you call it?

    Storm over Europe.


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    Bryan Seattle, WA, United States 01-14-13
    Bryan Seattle, WA, United States 01-14-13
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    "Better than Book 1"
    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John's english accent.


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

    No, the book is very long. I need breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Book 2 to be easier to fall into the groove with. At first I was slightly disappointed that the majority of the story focused primarily the children from Book 1 who are now entering adulthood. The main characters from book 1 are woven into the story and actually create more overall depth. It was great, no disappointment at all.

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    Evan Murfreesboro, TN, United States 01-13-13
    Evan Murfreesboro, TN, United States 01-13-13
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    "Falls short"
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Maybe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Steven Hunter


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was ok it was the content that disappointed me


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Winter of the World?

    I would have actually added a little more detail. In the first in the series the author really took you "inside" the lives of the characters


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    Mary St. Charles, IL, United States 01-13-13
    Mary St. Charles, IL, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    Fantastic narration and detailed story telling from many perspectives. I loved getting the different perspectives from characters in England, Germany, Russia, and America.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carla was my favorite character because she was so courageous.


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

    He did them all well, even the female characters.


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

    Carla, because she did everything she could to defeat the Nazi's.


    Any additional comments?

    I also enjoyed "Pillars of the Earth".

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    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-11-13
    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2014

    I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....

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    "Liked it, didn't love it"

    This was a nice follow-up to Fall of Giants, though nothing earth-shattering - certainly nothing compared to the Pillars of the Earth duo. At times, the storyline seemed a bit contrived as though the author attempted to hit all the highpoints of the Second World War and its aftermath, without materially adding to the page count. Personally, I think Herman Wouk did a better job of telling a similar story in The Winds of War / War and Remembrance though granted, the latter had two volumes to cover the same ground. I’ll be interested to see how Follett treats the second half of the 20th Century in the final installment of this trilogy. I foresee the final chapter being set in the summer of 1997 in Hong Kong when Britain’s 99-year lease ends and the island ceding back to China at the dawn of the 21st, I.e. the Chinese Century.

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