We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

Regular Price:$56.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (8533 )
5 star
 (5398)
4 star
 (2310)
3 star
 (578)
2 star
 (132)
1 star
 (115)
Overall
4.5 (7369 )
5 star
 (4775)
4 star
 (1889)
3 star
 (508)
2 star
 (126)
1 star
 (71)
Story
4.6 (7361 )
5 star
 (5368)
4 star
 (1541)
3 star
 (320)
2 star
 (73)
1 star
 (59)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David 12-27-12
    David 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too Political"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There is no question what Mr. Follett’s politics are and they come out so clearly in this trilogy. He presents anyone who is more conservative than JFK as an evil monster bent on only grabbing for more money and power while every character to the left of Joe Stalin as the most perfect and beautiful heroic characters that you wish they were the leaders of the free world. Thank goodness this is a fictional work as we all know this is not the actual history as it developed in the 20th Century.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Sure, but I recognise he writes with pure politics in mind...


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Yes, tanlented man.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointed...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dave W. Eustis, FL 12-26-12
    Dave W. Eustis, FL 12-26-12 Member Since 2014

    frustrated Florida gardener

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like living through the war years"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    Telling the story from many different points of view. Unpredictability. An emotional rollercoaster.


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

    Reminded me of Winds of War, but this had more historical accuracy and less romanticism.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was in Berlin when trying to obtain the plans for the next Russian offensive from the soldier/piano student. My anticipation of the next move made me breathless.


    If you could rename Winter of the World, what would you call it?

    A Crusade Against Evil.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend Ken Follett's epic tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    lise san clemente, CA, United States 12-25-12
    lise san clemente, CA, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ken Follett at his best."

    Ken Follett at his best. I loved this audio book. Mr Lee as usual was at his best. A wonderful audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 12-24-12
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011

    History enthusiast with military and legal background.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    129
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Early 20th Century Forest Gump"
    What disappointed you about Winter of the World?

    I wanted to love this book. The author and the narrator are usually very dependable. But Follett dropped the ball here. A good rule of fiction is that too many coincidences make a work implausible, and there are WAY too many coincidences in the book. I really got the feeling that I was watching Forest Gump, where every interesting event of the time period had the same people at the center. I don't want to ruin it for others by listing out the ridiculousness of these things, but suffiice it to say, when people routinely meet up half way around the world by happen chance, it strains credulity.

    Also, unlike many of Folletts other works, the characters in Winter aren't consistent, and their actions often come out of the blue. I kept finding myself saying "that didn't make any sense."


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was the only bright spot of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deepakpt 12-20-12
    Deepakpt 12-20-12 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliantly written and Brilliantly read!"

    Ken Follet has done a wonderful job in creating the characters in this tumultuous story of World War II.

    It is a very well researched book and well narrated by John Lee.

    Its a long book, but once it grips you, you cannot wait to listen to it for long stretches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 12-20-12 Member Since 2011

    JB

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    201
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another winner by Follett"

    Another well written and researched book. The characters were believable, I thought some might have been relatives of mine. I was young during WW II but the book matched my memory of the events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 12-20-12
    Scott 12-20-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worthwhile, engaging"

    After finishing the first in this series, Fall of Giants, this second book, principally about WWII, was as good and possibly a little better. I find these Ken Follett books a great way to get a feel for history with the advantages of reading a novel. It has engaging characters, a good story, and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neva 12-20-12
    Neva 12-20-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining and informative family sequal"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Was surprised how the book focus so little on the 1 generation from the 1 first of the sequal. Winter of World really covers a differant period (WW2) and again from the young adult, children, of the 1st book characters. Daisy grew the most. Vernon & Carla were the most steady.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Really enjoyed the performance. Amazing reading of the British, Russian and American accepts to help picture characters.


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

    I had moments of laughter and shead the odd tear. Was mostly moved with tension listening to the implications to varying political decisions and practical responses. The world has seen such simaltanious varying civilian treatments!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephenie Swope 12-20-12

    epiphenie

    HELPFUL VOTES
    36
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting Series"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Tempe, AZ, United States 12-19-12
    Michael Tempe, AZ, United States 12-19-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining History Lesson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Exceptional historical story telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical accuracy yet entertaining.


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

    All good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Long.


    Any additional comments?

    Follet does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.