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
This is one of the best books by Follett and I should mention that I have read every book he has written and enjoyed them all. However this book is better than book one of this trilogy as the characters appear to be more developed. I enjoyed Fall of Giants and Winter World is even better. Mr. Lee's narration is excellent as it was in book one of this trilogy. Hope they have Mr. Lee narrate #3!
The period of time in the story and as mentioned above, the characters.
Yes, Fall of Giants. Mr. Lee's performance is one of the reasons that this book is so good. I will be looking for other books to listen to with his narration.
Probably Daisy, She has lived among the upper class in both countries and experience the London blitz. She would be interesting.
Ken Follet is one of the best authors writing today. As I mentioned before, he writes so well that I have read or listened to every book he has written no matter what genre' or subject. I recommend his books to everyone! Can you tell that I am a fan, lol!
Follett gives us an understanding of how world events touch every aspect of human life and experience.
If you enjoyed Part I of this trilogy, Part II will not be a disappointment. The next generation in this trilogy have just as much excitement, drama, and struggle as their parents.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
High School and college history was so boring to me. I studied to pass the exams but this novel by Ken Folletet allowed me to better appreciate how WWII evolved , escalated, and ended. I also got a better insight into the human effects it fostered, e.g. hybris and ethonocentricity in its worst form. I learned that the human pain of this period of world history is a lesson to us all to not repeat the worst of human actions while inspiring us to foster the best of human bravery and tenacity for the sake of freedom.
The interwoven lives of the characters that I became so familiar with in the first book, Fall of Giants, gives a life to the WWII time period that I've never experienced before.
So much history, so many dates, places and events all revealed with an incredible focus on humanity.
Incredible ability to put on an accent from any culture. I knew which character was speaking by his dialects.
No...just incredibly sympathetic for the plight of Europeans during this time period.
Can't wait for Book #3!!!
Yes. I learned so much history. The story wound through the history was very captivating and plausible.
Hard to single out any one section.
Some of the characters would be hard to find as a favorite. They were so evil. John Lee is amazing with his accents. I guess Maude would be my favorite. I even backed up to see if he had brought in a female to read her parts.
Stealing the batle plan.
I highly recommend this book to those who like myself are interested in history and want to learn about world's important events but may get bored if they just grab a history book and want to read. Having a very attractive novel with the reliable history makes it all together a very interesting book. You will be amused while you are learning a lot.
Lady Mold for her being a tough woman going through all the difficulties of life because she believed in her true love.
Yes, the pillars of the earth and the fall of giants and he is great. nothing's compared to his performance.
yes it sure was.
I enjoyed ‘Winter of the World’ very much. I found this book to be very entertaining and I will definitely purchase the third installment when it is available.
The Century Trilogy novels will probably not become classics in the same way we consider ‘The Good Earth’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ as classics. This is why I am more inclined to give ‘Winter of the World’ four stars. There is not a poignant message in Ken Follett’s books – they are just entertaining in the same way a good movie is entertaining.
There were times when I lost interest in what was going on in the story (particularly during the drawn-out war scenes), but these moments were rare. I appreciate the length of the Century Trilogy books – I want my credit to go as far as possible (as long as I enjoy the book). I also enjoy how Follett ties in his fictional characters to real-world historical events. A few moments in the book seemed so outlandish to me I laughed aloud, but there were many more “real” moments than not.
John Lee is a fantastic narrator. I don’t know how he pulls off so many different characters, but he does it well.
I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
I've been eagerly awaiting this since Fall of Giants and I wasn't disappointed. Don't start here though--you need Fall of Giants to really understand all the characters here. Fantastic listen with the perfect narrator for KFollett books. The voices are distinguishable and never annoying regardless of gender. Like any mid-book of a trilogy, there is a troubling sense when it's done. Hope book 3 comes soon--I'll buy it day 1.
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