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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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    gisele United States 12-05-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator made the book come alive-


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

    The stroy line of the Red army invasion of Berlin and the horrible things the Red army did to the German women


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

    You felt as though you were a part of it


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

    The story line about the invasion of Pearl Harbour


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    Lauren Lake Village, AR, United States 12-05-12
    Lauren Lake Village, AR, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    This is such a rich story that it deserves to be listened to over and over again. I'm sure that knowing the flow of the story will only enrich the listening.


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

    The first book that came to mind was War and Peace. I also thought of James Michener's novels. There are few contemporary writers who can handle a story with so many well-defined characters and so global a plot as well as Ken Follett.


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

    Clara is my favorite character in the book, and the fact that she is voiced by a male does not bother me at all. I think John Lee's Russian accents are the best of all his characterizations, but he does an excellent job of giving each character a distinctive voice.


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

    Hundreds of characters, three continents, one amazing story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am eagerly waiting for Book Three.

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    C. Dunham Windham, ME USA 12-04-12
    C. Dunham Windham, ME USA 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate this book about a 7.


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    FormerChef CA United States 12-02-12
    FormerChef CA United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to Follet's other books narrated by John Lee and as always, he's excellent.
    The parallels between the history and politics of World War II and today show that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes if we don't pay close attention to what's going on in the world. The craziness spouted by the Nazi party leading up to the war is the same craziness we hear now, just wearing a different shirt.

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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Love Ken Follett!!!!"

    I had to go back and listen to The Fall of Giants before I listened to this one, my memory is awful. This was another home run by Ken Follett. In comparison to the first book, personally I think it wasn't quite as good, but still exceptional and I will read the third in this series. The characters are charismatic, cruel, and charming. Some of them bad with a little good, some good with a little bad. None of the simpering goody goody or horribly totally evil characters, they were exceptionally well rounded. I'm thinking this is a Ken Follett specialty, and as usual John Lee was a great narrator. A perfect combination.

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    Suzanne D'bourget Portland, ME United States 12-01-12
    Suzanne D'bourget Portland, ME United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "As good as the first book of the series!"

    I waited for this second book in the series and now am waiting for the third. So far, Ken Follett has never disappointed!

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    Angela Saint Bernice, Indiana, United States 12-01-12
    Angela Saint Bernice, Indiana, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    ""Winter of the World""

    "Winter of the World" continues with the next generation of families from the "Fall of Giants". I enjoy the history and background Ken Follett does in his books. His insight of the conditions and treatment of Germans who do not support the politics of Hitler was interesting.

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    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 12-01-12
    krawle Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    This book shows the 2nd world war from the stand point of politicians, soldiers and the public in the effected countries.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woody Dewar because he knew what he wanted and went for it.


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

    Yes and this time was great as well.


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

    The death of Woody Dewar's fiancé broke my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really opened my eyes to the way the world works then and now.
    I have a new appreciation for the United Nations and believe we must all work towards getting rid of Fascism, Communism and the conservative party

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    Jessica Santa Barbara, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Jessica Santa Barbara, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    Not particularly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked learning so much more about the war in Europe than one usually gets from a Western perspective. It was news to me that there was a resistance to Hitler in Germany by non-Jewish Germans. No one ever speaks of them. And getting a view of the Spanish Civil War was pretty interesting. It was a rehearsal for World War II, and yet you learn very little about it in school.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's a pleasure to listen to for the most part, but every now and then he'll have a little rhythmic hiccup that makes it sound like he's not a native English speaker. It's a little odd. Also, his accent for the American females is a little off. He makes Daisy sound a little more shrewish and fish-wifey than she deserves. It's not so off-putting that I'd quit listening, just a bit jarring.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    When do I get to listen to the next one?

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    Robert Happy Camp, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Robert Happy Camp, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great follow-up"

    Ken Follett brings history to life. His research into the causes and human motivations that bring war to our world are first-rate. Follett has become my favorite historical fiction author.
    John Lee is nothing short of amazing as he brings the characters to life.

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