• Edge of Eternity

  • Book Three of The Century Trilogy
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the 20th century. It has been called “potent, engrossing” (Publishers Weekly) and “truly epic” (Huffington Post). USA Today said, “You actually feel like you’re there.”

Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll. 

East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the generations.... George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle.... Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he'd imagined.... Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Khrushchev, becomes an agent both for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and US race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw - and into history. 

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country’s most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages. 

With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided listeners through an entire era of history with a master’s touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate listeners and keep them listening is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again. 

©2014 Ken Follett (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Follett] is a commanding storyteller who has taken on an impossibly large task and accomplished it with passion, intelligence, and skill. Like its predecessors, Edge of Eternity is a solid, rigorously researched work of popular fiction. It's an honest entertainment that brings back vivid, sometimes painful, memories of the not-too-distant past." (The Washington Post)

"Edge of Eternity is as compulsively readable a mighty page-turner as its two predecessors." (The Seattle Times)

"Hugely ambitious, the trilogy serves as a massive history lesson as well as an example of good, old-fashioned storytelling." (The New York Daily News)

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Not Marked Well

The book is great and a wonderful conclusion to the series. However this VERSION IS ABRIDGED. It was not marked well. I didn't realize until I was already several hours in and I didn't want to rebuy and then re-listen.

Great version for someone not looking for a 25+hr commitment.

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  • 02-21-15

Sorry

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was very disappointed that the book was abridged. That should have been selling point. I would really like to know that before buying the title.

If you’ve listened to books by Ken Follett before, how does this one compare?

It finished the trilogy for me. Liked his other books more.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

I do like John Lee./>He's part of the story for me.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Like I said it finished the trilogyy for me. I would like to know what I missed.

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Disappointed

I found the first two books of this trilogy very interesting.
The 3rd book is so boring that I stopped listening to it. I love Ken Follets books but this one was a clinker.

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This is an Abridged version.

It wasn't clear when I purchased this that it was an abridged version. I think all abridged versions should have "Abridged" as part of the title. Great story, but there were huge gaps in the timeline. I suspect that may be due to the abridgement. Without the whole story, I can't rate it any higher.

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Ken Mailed It In

I love Ken Follett novels. Except this one. Reads like an outline and only gives a bland telling of most basic historic events, as if his characters interacting with them makes them special. 12 hrs is only a third of the other books length. Ken had a contract to fulfill and mailed it in.

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It was not clear that this was abridged.

So much was missing. Also, let’s not have white people do impressions of black characters, it’s racist. Especially the portrayal of Dr. King

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Such a wonderful book

Bravo Bravo Bravo! The story Was wonderful and the performance was magnificently. Thank you it was a real gift.

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Disappointed

I was very disappointed to learn after listening to the end I had gotten the abridged version. I returned to the original description and the only place I saw “abridged “ was printed on the picture of the cover of the book. I had to actively look for the marking instead of it being indicated in the description.

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Great book. badly labeled.

Great conclusion to the trilogy. Very disappointing that it's not marked anywhere as the abridged version.

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Wow - what did Reagan do to Ken

The most memorable line from a US president in my life time was "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!". Not even mentioned in the book - weird.