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Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2 | [Ken Follett]

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

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. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.
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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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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 11-08-12
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 11-08-12 Member Since 2015

    I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance

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    "Worth the wait!!!"

    I'm sad that its over. Ken Follett as always carries all his characters so well throughout the book and the historical events that they feel real. I loved FoG but WoW exceeds my expectations. I was expecting that Ken Follett would have chapters of Hitler and his death camps like all other history books, but I was glad that the focus was on the characters and the camps and Hitler were mentioned if any character's storyline went through it. This book is about the second generation of characters from FoG after WW1 and the book starts at an excellent pace and it never loses that pace. Cannot wait for End of Eternity.

    John Lee did excellent as always. Just like my FoG review, he was great at all the accents. Cockney, Welsh, English, American, Russian, German.

    Audible fix Part 3 of the 4 downloaded files. So just download that if you want to re-read the fixed part.

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    Susan Cavalier, ND, United States 11-07-12
    Susan Cavalier, ND, United States 11-07-12
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    "I love John Lee's narration!"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    I have listened to three of Ken Follett's books with the same narrator. The stories are always well researched and written. I don't know if I would be able to find the time to read all of the books because of their length, but I listen to them in the car while driving. This story is interesting because I like history and I can relate to the wars from past books on history. The characters are interesting and well develped.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story unfolds in actual history


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I love the emotion and the accents he uses in telling the story.


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

    I don't know.


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    Anthony 11-06-12
    Anthony 11-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging and informative"

    As usual, Ken Follett has written in subject matter that I never would have chosen for myself. No problem, he manages to make it engaging, interesting and well worth the time. Even though I am not a history buff I have enjoyed this as much as the first installment. The narrative makes the large group of characters focused and much less confusing than they could have ended up.

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    Karen Chandler, AZ, United States 11-05-12
    Karen Chandler, AZ, United States 11-05-12
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    "Just as good if not better than Fall of the Giants"

    The first book of this series was amazing, and I liked this one even more! It really helped me understand the history of that era. Ken Follett is a great storyteller. I appreciated the fact that he toned down the intimate scenes a bit. I still was able to feel the emotion of the moment, but to me it's better the way he wrote them in this book. The story line picks up where the last one left off. I recommend reading the Fall of the Giants first. And John Lee is an amazing narrator. He does such a great job with all of the various accents and characters.

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    Alex Pasadena, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Alex Pasadena, CA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Yes, it was very interesting and well written. The story captivates you. Winter of the World brings a perspective to all of the countries during World War II. It flows nicely from the first book, Fall of Giants.


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

    Of course, I would compare it to Fall of Giants. Fall of Giants is the Prequel to Winter of the World.


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

    I really enjoy listening to books because I feel like I'm experiencing it and the different voices help with the different characters.


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

    There are many moments that stand out in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like reading historical books, it is a MUST READ!

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    Judy Bountiful, Utah 11-05-12
    Judy Bountiful, Utah 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another awesome Ken Follett novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This novel gives real insight into how the conflict affected ordinary people. It also brings to light the lengths to which people will go to ensure their safety. I was particularly struck by the parallels to today's political parties in the USA. The ideologies of the Nazi party and the Social Democrats mirror the American right and left wings, respectively.
    I have recommended this book to a friend and a family member, because of its historical insight and its pertinence in today's world.


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    Jaime Santa Catarina, Mexico 11-05-12
    Jaime Santa Catarina, Mexico 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excelent, I learned and had fun at the same time"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    yes, I would because it has a great story and it teaches us several points of view from the actors in the WW2


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

    Lloyd Williams


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

    In 1948, in occupied Berlin, when the USSR decided to ban transit from the American-English part of occupied Berlin, in order to suppress what they called "Bribes" and this discourage what they also called Secessionist Berliners. To continue with the aid to help Germans recover their prosperity ASAP, the US-Brittish started delivering aid by airfreight, including coal, milk and other goods at great expense for almost a year, until the Soviets reopened the roads...


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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-05-12
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Follett...consistently good writer."

    Yes, I have read or listened to all of his recent books, and have found them entertaining and informative. At the age of 72, I can relate to most of the history covered, and in several situations...with some first hand knowledge. His characters are well developed and help bring the history to life. Admittedly, my academic experiences were mostly focused on high tech and finance. So, for me, these historical forays are new explorations which appeal to thirsty minds. No question, I look forward to the next one.

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    Barbara 11-05-12
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Riviting
    Educational


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

    There were many - too many to list here. I find the story of WWII incredibly interesting, and I can't read enough books about it. The intertwining of the personal family stories makes the book all the more interesting.


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

    This is my first.


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

    Again, there were several. I loved Lloyd Williams and Daisy. I loved the strong women - Carla and Frieda.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fabulous book.

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    Mary Toronto, ON, Canada 11-05-12
    Mary Toronto, ON, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than Fall of Giants...."
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    I enjoyed this part of the trilogy much more than Book 1. I found the characters more interesting and likeable, and the depth of the story lines more satisfying.


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