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
I just wanted to add my review to the multitude of others. I read the first book in the Century Trilogy for a book club and was hooked. When Winter of the World was released, I snapped it up.
I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and particularly not a fan of the writing style that features multiple unrelated characters that end up being tied together. The fact that I give both the story and the performance 5 stars should tell you exactly how good this book is. I eagerly await the release of the final book and will buy it in audiobook form.
Yes. Exceptional historical story telling.
Historical accuracy yet entertaining.
Follet does not disappoint.
The immense skill and craftsmanship of the author of telling a story so spell binding that it is remembered for years. Historical accuracy is spellbinding.
Cannot sngle out just one.
Panzer battle scenes.
Yes but it is way to long
This is the best bargan I ever got from audible.
Winter of the World is one of my all time favorites. Having read or listened to Ken Follett's other novels this one continues with characters and locations from his previous works and adds believable characters interconnected by family, location and the rapidly changing politics of Germany, Russia, England, France and the United States. It is so much more than a history lesson and compelling from the outset to the last sentence spoken by John Lee. The characters are intertwined by family and divided by ruling governments and wars.
The sequence at Pearl harbor, though sad, was my favorite moment of the book. I won't say much about it for fear of spoiling that moment for another listener.
There were more tears than laughter.
This is a must listen!
Slightly above average as far as the story and performance.
I wish Follett had spent a little less time on the characters' sex lives. I'm not a prude but I got a bit tired of every sex act between characters described in detail. I would have rather he spent more of his writing energy on the historical aspects.
His narrations is good but I am not real fond of his female voices.
Again, the sex scenes were over done and actually became boring instead of scintillating.
Despite a my few negative comments I am looking forward to listening to the third book in the trilogy.
Absolutely riveting! It follows the lives of the characters in Fall of Giants and builds on their character. It is historical, significant and wonderfully well done.
I found this book engrossing but somewhat disappointing. The ending is a bit of a fizzle - perhaps because there is sequel on its way? Its coverage of the second world war was a bit spotty. I think that Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance are much better books than this one, if one wants to read about the second world war, as seen by the eyes of fictional characters. Finally, I found its prequel, Fall of Giants, more interesting in its historical perspective - perhaps because I'm less familiar with the first world war than I am with the second world war.
Lloyd's return from the Spanish civil war.
I would certainly like to dine with Lloyd and Karla, the book's most nobel and interesting characters.
If you enjoy thought provoking historical fiction, I think you will enjoy Winter of the World. I was completely drawn in from the very beginning. Of course, already feeling connected to the characters from the first book in the series made it much easier to connect right into the story. World War II stories always intrigue me and Follett's was fantastic. I found myself wondering about certain facts that I had never wondered about before, and spending time running Google searches. This is a book that I can see myself returning to in several years. I can't wait for the third book in the series! I highly recommend it!
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