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Fall of Giants Audiobook

Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Fall of Giants is Ken Follett's magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits…. Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House…. Two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…. Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London….

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the 20th century, changing themselves—and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Exclusive interview: Ken Follett and John Lee Talk about Fall of Giants.

©2010 Kevin Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"A big Book, Follett''s hugely ambitious saga is a sweeping success. Ken Follett has hit another one out of the park with the initial installment of the hugely ambitious Century Trilogy. His fans will rejoice at the richness, complexity, historical sweep and simmering lust in a saga spanning the years 1911 to 1923." (Newark Star Ledger)

"A dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett''s feats that the reader finishes this near 1000-page book intrigued and wanting more." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"[Follett] meticulously reconstructs an era and leads us through the follies and occasional heroics of its protagonists real and imaginary. He is masterly in conveyers so much drama and historical information so vividly...Grippingly told, and readable to the end." (New York Times Book Review)

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    NCGuy NC USA 06-08-13
    NCGuy NC USA 06-08-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Great blend of history/fiction."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    This book grabs and holds your attention. The narration is excellent. In the end, you will have gained insight into an important time of history after having enjoyed great fiction.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Narrator used a wide range of accents, all passable.


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    Amazon Customer Grand Rapids, MI, United States 05-04-13
    Amazon Customer Grand Rapids, MI, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    the description of the life of the miners in Wales. He gets into their lives and you can feel their pains and struggles


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    very easy to listen to


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

    no, too long and too much to take in


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great way for me to "learn" history. since reading books has always been difficult for me, I don't know a lot about history. interacting with the families helps me care about them and what is going on in the world

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    Gail 04-28-13
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    "Gotta listen to this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    The narration is top notch and the story was engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me really feel like I was experiancing the time period and I could relate the story to present day global problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the battle scenes in the field of warfare. How each character delt with being on the battle field and how it shaped their characters.


    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    Can't rename it because the name does the story just right.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to many of my friends. It stands the test of time and I believe all ages would be interested in this novel.

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    Brit in Asheville ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 04-22-13
    Brit in Asheville ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another amazing accomplishment for Follett"
    Any additional comments?

    LOL that someone described Follett and Lee, the narrator, as the Dream Team. That's it in a nutshell. I read (listened) to Follett's Pillars of the Earth and marvelled at how he took an era and wove together such remarkable human interest stories with a text book of historical facts. He did the same with Fall of Giants. Incredible detail about the war and life at the time, but presented in such an easy to digest fashion, following the interwoven lives of aristocracy in Europe, miners from Wales.and assorted characters in the US. It is a long read (listen) but it is captivating and interesting from start to finish. Follett and Lee have managed double-handedly (does such a word exist?) to make me a convert of historical fiction.

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    Christie 04-19-13
    Christie 04-19-13
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    "Masterful blend of history and fiction!"
    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    War never ends.


    What other book might you compare Fall of Giants to and why?

    It's like nothing I've ever read before - usually a fan of epic fantasy, I got swept into this book (and it's sequel) based on others reviews. An epic in it's own right, Follett masterfully tells the stories of several different families and how their lives are impacted by WWI.


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

    Ethel and Maude were definitely my favorites. I like to think if I was around in that time, I would have been a suffragette.


    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    To Hell and Back


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, John Lee, is amazing. I could listen to this man read the phone book. His ability to change cadence, inflection and accent with each different character really brought them to life.

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    mardell Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-16-13
    mardell Chula Vista, CA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Hit"

    I love the story and learn a lot about WWI and the turmoil the world was in at that time. Still the human spirit lives on.

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    PAR-TEE 04-13-13
    PAR-TEE 04-13-13 Member Since 2017

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    "What a great saga of the human experience..."

    I will not be redundant and repeat what has already been said about the greatness of this story. I will simply state I echo all the superlatives others have stated. This is a long meaty book, but by the end you will want more and hurry to start the 2nd book of the trilogy. I love the characters all of them, their trials and tribulations, their joys and successes. The narration is superb!!! I do not give 5 stars easily, but this book deserves at least that. History was never so exciting and easy to consume... This is not a book to skim thru in parts, it must be taken in small bites and completely digested for maximum enjoyment; savor it!!! Meditate on it!!! This book is not an action packed, high energy, fast read thriller; but a narrative of people dealing with the cards they have been dealt in a place and time, confronting issues of the day and the impact their decisions had on their world, the future, and us all. Highly recommended.

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    Richard Mundelein, IL, United States 04-11-13
    Richard Mundelein, IL, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Historical Fiction"

    John Lee is a terrible reader, it starts very slow, and the characters are hard to keep straight at first, but the book picks up in the last third. Ken Follet's story follows a few English, one Russian, and one German (Austrian/Prussian?), family at the beginning of the 1900s and goes through the end of WWI.

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    Kathleen 04-11-13
    Kathleen 04-11-13
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    "A Beautiful Tapestry of Great Characters & History"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    I love fiction in audio format...my long commute is a pleasure with good storytelling!


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee has a soothing, buttery delivery.


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

    I was particularly moved by the secret wedding of Maude & Walter, their long separation living on separate sides of WW I, and the strength of their commitment.


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    mulnoon Chester Springs, PA, United States 04-11-13
    mulnoon Chester Springs, PA, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, its an entertaining read that the narrator just kills! The characters are all from differennt countries and the accents are impressive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history lessons told from the point of view of what it may have been like to be alive during the years building up to the first world war.


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