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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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    Ana Mississauga, ON, Canada 11-13-12
    Ana Mississauga, ON, Canada 11-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping historical narrative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    Audio experience adds a personal voice that livens story as it's a blend of theatre with action on the page. One begins to associate the descriptions with the words and feelings of the people taking part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Equal emotional attachment to each of the lead characters with saga attached to them.


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

    Authoritative and distinctly accented.


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    John 11-13-12
    John 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"

    John Lee was his normal great narrator. Ken Follett does a masterful job of bringing to life the horror of living in Germany during WWII. I hope the third book is as good as the first two.

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    Morris 11-13-12
    Morris 11-13-12
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    "Excellent"

    Great story and I can't wait for book 3, come on Ken.

    Excellent character development and the storyline is well continued from the first book to the second. I will confess that keeping all the different characters and storyline straight was a challenge and I believe a second reading will be required.

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 11-13-12
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 11-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent sequel"

    The second book in the trilogy covers the 1930s and the Second World War and beyond.

    As with the previous novel, the characters are well-done and the narration is excellent.

    Some of the expressions don't seem consistent with the time, and there's a surprising lack of contemporary references to music and literature and entertainment.

    This book is the second generation of all the characters introduced in the first book, and continues with their lives and interests.

    It's an excellent second installment and again showcases the many strengths of Ken Follett as a writer.

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    Ailean Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-12-12
    Ailean Ottawa, ON, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very high, a most intriguing book.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Ken Follett fans and one of the best audio books I have read in the past few years.

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    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ United States 11-12-12
    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another hit for Mr. Follett"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    Another hit for sure. This is another great story. I can't pick any single item, I guess the fact that it follows history. Like Michener he ties the story to actual history and it just makes it gripping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lloyd I just identified with him very much.


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

    He does them all well


    If you could take any character from Winter of the World out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mabel, because I just think she was hot.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for number three!!

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    Mary Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Mary Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Good story, horrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The accents used by the reader are worse than the first book! The Russian sounds like Dracula and the women sound like drag!


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

    The historical storyline is good and the connection that evolve between characters is well done


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    No! I was more invested in the story than the performance


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    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 11-12-12
    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 11-12-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Helps the reader understand historical events"

    A wonderful tapestry of lives shaped by, and shaping, the world at both personal and national levels. If, like me, you find history compelling but want much more than the dry facts which make no sense apart from the people who make it this is a compelling read. It appears to have been well researched and is certainly well crafted.

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    Cris Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 11-12-12
    Cris Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book-classic Ken Follet. Would recommend."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good sequel. History we know, told differently.


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

    When the 3 focal young men see the truth, and barbaric conduct, of the Nazis and the communists and are shocked into reality, each from their own naive beliefs.


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

    John Lee does a great job of luring you into the book and keeping you there..


    Any additional comments?

    I read the Pilars of the Earth set, and now this set of trilogies. I'm not much into history but have enjoyed his take on these events but creating families whose lives cross from time to time, to show the real impact of life events and how it affected real life. He has brought us into and out of the two world wars by showing what was happening before and after that would have led to these happenings.When each book is ove you want the next one!

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    Rodney Nashville, TN, United States 11-12-12
    Rodney Nashville, TN, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible! Amazing story with rich history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. BUT, get "Fall of Giants" first. This is the second book of a trilogy and there is generational continuity with the characters that flows from one book to the next. The rich historical research that the author has done comes alive through the lives of the characters. It's not light reading but you will be much richer for listening to this series.


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

    Fall of Giants, the first book of this trilogy.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I never really thought about the fact that it was a performance. Each character lives as he personalizes each one. You have to tolerate some readers. Not so with John Lee. Every book I've ever listened to with him as the reader is the same. That fact causes me to look twice at any book if he is the reader. If you look up the word "outstanding" in the dictionary you will probably find John Lee's name.


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