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Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

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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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    Neva 12-20-12
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    "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!


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    Stephenie Swope 12-20-12

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    "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.

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    Michael Tempe, AZ, United States 12-19-12
    Michael Tempe, AZ, United States 12-19-12
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    "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.

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    Loyal Amazon Customer 12-19-12
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    "Another Ken Follet Treasure"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cannot sngle out just one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Panzer battle scenes.


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

    Yes but it is way to long


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best bargan I ever got from audible.

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    Margaret B Douglas Ashland, VA USA 12-18-12
    Margaret B Douglas Ashland, VA USA 12-18-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Follett Sets a new Standard with 'Winter of the Wo"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Carla


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

    There were more tears than laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must listen!

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    Anne 12-18-12
    Anne 12-18-12
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    "Amazing"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These books by Ken Follet are among my favourite books ever. You just hope they will never end.


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    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 12-18-12
    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the first book"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Slightly above average as far as the story and performance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


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

    His narrations is good but I am not real fond of his female voices.


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

    Again, the sex scenes were over done and actually became boring instead of scintillating.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite a my few negative comments I am looking forward to listening to the third book in the trilogy.

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    Karen NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX, United States 12-17-12
    Karen NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX, United States 12-17-12
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    "A Must Read"

    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.

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    RHG55 El Cerrito, CA, US 12-16-12
    RHG55 El Cerrito, CA, US 12-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Engrossing but somewhat superficial"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    Lloyd's return from the Spanish civil war.


    If you could take any character from Winter of the World out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would certainly like to dine with Lloyd and Karla, the book's most nobel and interesting characters.


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    Faye 12-16-12
    Faye 12-16-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ken Follett's Best To-Date!"

    Just when you think Ken Follett cannot get any better, he does!! This is the second in a trilogy & I cannot wait for the sequel!

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