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Winter of the World Audiobook

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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    Melissa C. 12-11-12
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    "Long story, but worth listening!"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very detailed view of the time in which the story takes place. You feel as if the characters could really have been real people involved in the historical events. I have read two of the three books in the series. Important to "read" them sequentially.


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

    Just as good as Follets other narratives. Very engaging.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee has a pleasant voice to listen to and was able to juggle different accents with ease.


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

    Too long for listening in one sitting, but hard to put down!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of short stories or novellas, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy a rich, detailed and engaging story, that will span many hours of enjoyment, then give this book a try!

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    Julie PORTLAND, OR, United States 12-11-12
    Julie PORTLAND, OR, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping Epic Novel"
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    History Made Fascinating


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

    Like the War and Remembrance series by Herman Wouk, you get involved with characters who also teach you about history.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Lee's range of accents - from English to Russian to German to American - is well executed, making it easy to follow who's saying what in the dialogue.


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

    The sweep of history through the eyes of unforgettable characters.


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    Stuart Scott Quakertown, PA United States 12-10-12
    Stuart Scott Quakertown, PA United States 12-10-12 Listener Since 2010

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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this after reading the 1st book of the trilogy. I now have the 3rd book and can't wait to start it.


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    Paul Cokato, MN, United States 12-08-12
    Paul Cokato, MN, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, bad reading."
    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    No his reading style is very jerky. It doesn't flow right. Very distracting.


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    Sandy Wesley Chapel, NC 12-08-12
    Sandy Wesley Chapel, NC 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Yes, the performance was fabulous. Made me feel like I was right there in it.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Very clear, very easy to follow the accents and the people speaking. He read with compassion and understanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, how one woman protected a younger teenager she had come to 'adopt' by chance, when the Russians had taken over the city... very heroic and very touching, and very selfless. Amazing what she did. I have no doubt that other women did the same during that horrific time, out of sacrifice and love for another.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the third book of the trilogy to come out on Audible.

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 12-06-12
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    When you don't have time to read a long novel "listening" to one that is as well written as this book and as well as performed is a truly unique experience.
    Wonderful story and great listen as the fabric of the families and era are exposed!

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    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12
    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Follett Triumphs Once Again"

    Excellent follow-up to the initial book in the trilogy. Can't wait for the final. (But will have to.)

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    Susan Atlanta, GA, United States 12-05-12
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    "Enthralling History Lesson!!!"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ethel Williams because she is a strong woman who stands up for her beliefs no matter what. Since this is a multigenerational trilogy it is fun to see who stands out in each book. This the 2nd of the books I have read


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

    The accents of the different characters!! He brings them to life in a way I don't think you would get by reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am not through the book yet, but I think so far I would say the most moving and what shaped the character of Lloyd was his witnessing of hatred played out in his youth


    Any additional comments?

    I also loved the 1st book and John Lee is really great at reading!!!

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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.

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    "Looking forward to part 3"

    Ken Follet is an amazing author and this series is no exception. John Lee does a great job again.

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    Gerald tallahassee, FL, United States 12-05-12
    Gerald tallahassee, FL, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story with accurate historical context"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. I was disappointed when it ended, and I can't wait for installment 3.


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

    The struggles of the characters in Nazi Germany.


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

    John Lee is excellent. He reads just as I would.


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

    Yes, Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I am giving a copy of the book to my close friend for Christmas.

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