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Winter of the World Audiobook

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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    Stuart Scott Quakertown, PA United States 12-10-12
    Stuart Scott Quakertown, PA United States 12-10-12 Listener Since 2010

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this after reading the 1st book of the trilogy. I now have the 3rd book and can't wait to start it.


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    Paul Cokato, MN, United States 12-08-12
    Paul Cokato, MN, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, bad reading."
    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    No his reading style is very jerky. It doesn't flow right. Very distracting.


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    Sandy Wesley Chapel, NC 12-08-12
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    "Great book!"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Yes, the performance was fabulous. Made me feel like I was right there in it.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Very clear, very easy to follow the accents and the people speaking. He read with compassion and understanding.


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

    yes, how one woman protected a younger teenager she had come to 'adopt' by chance, when the Russians had taken over the city... very heroic and very touching, and very selfless. Amazing what she did. I have no doubt that other women did the same during that horrific time, out of sacrifice and love for another.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the third book of the trilogy to come out on Audible.

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 12-06-12
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    When you don't have time to read a long novel "listening" to one that is as well written as this book and as well as performed is a truly unique experience.
    Wonderful story and great listen as the fabric of the families and era are exposed!

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    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12
    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Excellent follow-up to the initial book in the trilogy. Can't wait for the final. (But will have to.)

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    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 12-05-12
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    "Enthralling History Lesson!!!"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethel Williams because she is a strong woman who stands up for her beliefs no matter what. Since this is a multigenerational trilogy it is fun to see who stands out in each book. This the 2nd of the books I have read


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

    The accents of the different characters!! He brings them to life in a way I don't think you would get by reading.


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

    I am not through the book yet, but I think so far I would say the most moving and what shaped the character of Lloyd was his witnessing of hatred played out in his youth


    Any additional comments?

    I also loved the 1st book and John Lee is really great at reading!!!

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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.

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    "Looking forward to part 3"

    Ken Follet is an amazing author and this series is no exception. John Lee does a great job again.

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    Gerald tallahassee, FL, United States 12-05-12
    Gerald tallahassee, FL, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story with accurate historical context"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. I was disappointed when it ended, and I can't wait for installment 3.


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

    The struggles of the characters in Nazi Germany.


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

    John Lee is excellent. He reads just as I would.


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

    Yes, Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving a copy of the book to my close friend for Christmas.

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    gisele United States 12-05-12
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    "amazing history lesson"
    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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    "Characters worthy of a global stage"
    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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