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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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    Catherine 11-03-12
    Catherine 11-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as Fall of Giants but still worth it"

    Just like Pillars of the Earth, the sequel to World Without End, I found the second installment to Follet's The Century Trilogy, to be lacking. The first book, Fall of the Giants, was so good!!! This one definitely faltered. BUT I love John Lee as narrator, even if his Russian characters all sound like vampires and his American characters sound vaguely like Al Capone. ANYWAY, I will still get the third book when it comes out.
    It's worth it. If you liked the first one I think you should give the second one a try. A lot happens to the families involved.

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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 11-02-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "solid story, fabulous narration"

    The narration of this book is fabulous. Of course, anything dealing with WWII subject matter and Nazi Germany is dark and difficult to listen to. I have read a good deal from this time period but was able to learn more about certain aspects of Nazi Germany that isn't often discussed in other novels. As always, it is really great to be told the story from the perspectives of different characters around the world.

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    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 11-01-12
    Eddie Monroe, GA, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Oustanding and historic"

    Great read. As good as the first, can't wait until next installment. The story intertwines well to paint a good picture of historic events. John Lee does a great job narrating. I really enjoy the flow of Ken Follett writing. You will not be disappointed.

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    Science Teacher New Jersey 10-31-12
    Science Teacher New Jersey 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not as good as Fall of Giants"

    Maybe my expectations were too high after Fall of Giants, but I found this book disappointing. The characters seem predictable, and I know the history too well to be surprised.

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    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    Well rounded, detailed plots and characters.


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

    None.


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

    Not really.


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

    It angered me, the cruelty and inhumanity of the people in power infuriated me.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the 3rd book, as i want to know what happens to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 10-29-12
    Richard Boyle Medford Long Island 10-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    I first read the e-version then listen to the audio version and enjoyed both, I like reading the e-version so that you go back a lot more easily, but the audio you can hear how to names are pronounced.


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

    There were many good moment in the story one was when Daisy discovered that Lloyd came home and she finally told him that she loved him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He did a good job of changing voices, but when reading the story I didn’t think the Daisy sounded like the way he made her sound.


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

    Maybe a series of movies.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in this series.

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    Timothy 10-29-12
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    "Wonderful story, bringing history to life"

    This was at least as good as the first volume in the series, possibly better. I'm hoping that all the historical information was accurate, because it was fascinating, including much that I did not know about the lead-up to World War II and what happened afterwards. Obviously it's impossible to cover everything in such an epic period in history in a novel of any length, but Follet does an excellent job of showing the War from the perspectives of many people in different parts of the world and on different sides. It also made me understand my parents' generation and appreciate what they lived through a lot better.

    John Lee's narration was generally excellent, as always. I only subtracted one star because it really wouldn't have taken all that much effort to learn the pronunciation of the simple German words and names that appear in the story, which where often embarrassingly incorrect.

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    Bill NOVA 10-29-12
    Bill NOVA 10-29-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Good story line but it is a bit slow"

    The details are rich but it drags from time to time. It would have been better to spend a little less time proving the brutality of war and represive governments.

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-28-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice follow up story"

    I quite enjoyed Fall of Giants and this was a lovely follow up novel. The next generation of characters are as fascinating as their parents. I particularly like Lev's and Ethel's children.

    Follett seems to genuinely like women and follows their points of view very well. He does not portray us as prudish idiots, but people with thoughts and desires as profound as men.

    The religious aren't too much to deal with, either. A theist or non-theist can enjoy this novel equally.

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    Mike Dallas, OR 10-27-12
    Mike Dallas, OR 10-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What's the final book going to cover?"

    Follett is a remarkable writer! I wonder what he'll pick as the subject of the final book of the trilogy?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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