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Fall of Giants Audiobook

Fall of Giants

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Publisher's Summary

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to immigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot 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.

©2010 Ken Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Jon Arild Aanestad 10-06-16
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    "One of my absolute favorites"

    I read this book years ago, and the following novels in the trilogy. It's one of those reading experiences that leaves you hollow after it is done. In a good way that is. The journey that Follett takes the reader on is one that stays with you for a long time. The characters are beautifully portrayed and developed and the history, our history, makes it not only a good read, but a wonderfully intriguing look at events that shaped the modern world.
    This is a must read for anyone interested in historical dramas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Garima 10-04-16
    Garima 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbearably Disappointing Narration"
    What would have made Fall of Giants better?

    The speed of narration is monotonously constant and unnecessarily fast. I tried to live with that as I was very curious about the story, but the narrator just made it impossible to enjoy the story. The accents given to characters seem illogical and annoying.


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    Leandro Albernaz Alves 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a history!"

    Once more, I have no words to describe how glad I am by hearing our world history so gracefully told. Amazing. Of course I have to go on. The narrator, by the way, is out of standard. I recommend both.

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    Brian Ralph Suter 07-22-16
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    "Excellent! "

    a superb book brilliantly read. most entertaining. I'm enticed to read the next in the series

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    Carlos 03-22-16
    Carlos 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    This is an awesome book either way, if skillfully blends historical facts with fiction and walks you through the events of that age through the eyes of the characters, it's a great read to understand some of the social aspects of the events portrayed, the characters are well drawn and you feel for them, it has action, adventure, intrigue and romance!.


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

    This is an epic book, it's hard to compare to other works, this trilogy has a special place on it's own.


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

    The performance is quite good, better than most audiobooks I've listened to. It actually got me searching for other books performed by this voice actor.


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

    There are several moments that moved me, but I rather not say which as I don't want to spoil everyone else's fun. The most exciting parts of the book are when the characters find themselves submerged in pivotal parts of the world history, that always did the trick.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adaline Ireland 08-26-15
    Adaline Ireland 08-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Definitely worth a listen."
    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    I loved the way the characters were woven into actual events with seemingly historical accuracy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The families were easy to follow and the characters were really well developed.


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

    All of the characters were great and the narration was excellent.


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

    It is too long to listen to in one sitting but I spent too many late nights up because of it. It is a masterpiece. Before this one, Pillars of the Earth was my favourite book but it sure has opposition in this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria M. Tutor 07-10-15

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    "Love a good historical fiction book"

    It does us well to recall the sheer stupidity of the 1st world war, which seems to achieved nothing for the advancement of humanity. The characters were lifelike and believable. If not their precise story, than one very close I am sure. The book is beautifully narrated in my view. I really enjoyed it and am so pleased this is a series. Assume the next one will be the events leading to the 2nd world war and beyond - not that I relish this era of history but it does me well to remember the huge sacrifices that were given by men and women to ensure a free world

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    Diogo Marinho Brazil 05-29-15
    Diogo Marinho Brazil 05-29-15

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    "Very good"

    Brilhant work! John Lee is a great storyteller! Ken follet's book is Very well written

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    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-15
    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-15
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    "History and Entertainment..."

    Awesome story online and outstanding performance of John Lee. This is the first time I rate an audiobook with five stars.

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 02-08-15 Member Since 2006

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    "A fantastic book"
    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    The sense of eternity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so extremely well written that I have no words to describe it.<br/>I love most books about history and historical events. This one just gets around to everything relevant for that period. Fabulous.

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  • Gillian
    By Larkhall, United Kingdom
    10/4/11
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    "Fall of Giants"

    Ken Follet at his best, well written with fantastic plot and great characters. I cant wait for his next block buster.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. H. N. Robinson
    Lymington, Hants United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "A Huge book read by a Master"

    I have almost finished listening to John Lee read this book. He is fantastic at doing all the voices and accents. I'd certainly look out for any other books he has narrated. The story of Fall of Giants is astonishing in its scope. It really gives the background to the complicated start of WWI through the lives of the characters. It highlights the differences in lifestyle and expectations in Wales, England, France, Germany, America and Russia. Especially how people are inter-related through their families and servants and make diplomatic connections in the circles in which they move. Most enjoyable listening - but inevitably some very sad scenarios. However, hope shines through.

    A mammoth task achieved by Ken Follet. Can't wait to listen to the sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • RubyShoes
    Berkshire
    1/28/14
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    "Epic everything"

    I loved this book it's in my top ten best audio books and it's a joy to know I have the next installment yet to listen too. I usually lose interest or find myself needing to skip parts of this type of book they can easily be just too big and padded out with irrelevant chapters not so with this one. John Lee delivers excellent narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • W
    United Kingdom
    5/1/15
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    "Historical events, personalised"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator's style and cut some of the background action that was less relevant to the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For me, the more interesting parts were those that focused on the lives of the individual characters, rather than descriptions of the wider political events or WWI battles.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance might you have changed?

    I've listened to other books narrated by John Lee and have enjoyed them, but I often found this book hard work because of the narration. As long as he was doing dialogue it was fine, but otherwise it felt like every sentence had the same feel - loud, loud and dramatic, fading gradually towards the end...not only was this monotonous at times but it also felt inappropriately overblown at times. For example, how can putting the kettle on for a cup of tea carry the same dramatic weight as a pit explosion?


    Could you see Fall of Giants being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I think it would make an excellent TV series and that might have something to do with Ken Follett's ability to make you visualise characters and their situations.


    Any additional comments?

    I do like Ken Follett's sagas because he can place you alongside significant historical figures and at the heart of past events; for me, it personalises history and it makes me want to read/know more about the era, However, the connections between all the major players sometimes feel a bit too unlikely or unbelievable. Whilst there were parts of the story I would have cut out, I think other people with an interest in the details of WWI battles or early 20th century politics might find that side of things rather more interesting than I did. I also like that Follett tries to put the reader into the shoes of most characters, even if that means seeing WWI from the German's perspective one minute, an upperclass British Officer or a regular British soldier or Russian revolutionary the next - you're on everybody's side, always, Overall, it's a good start to the trilogy although I'd be inclined to read the sequels myself rather than listening,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    1/27/15
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    "A wonderful book"
    Any additional comments?

    A book that covers all the major events of The Great War. Starting out in a Welsh mining village in 1912 we go through a fantastic journey to the Peace Treaty of Versailles. Whilst using fictitious characters the events they are placed in are real. Now moving on to book 2.. I can't wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/14/14
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    "Disappointing"

    I didn't finish this and that is unusual. I found it all fairly cliched and boring to be honest. I accept I am in the minority here judging by the other reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    5/3/12
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    "Outstanding"

    .... just finished listening and feel like I've lost "an old friend". I loved the characters and the setting but it's the story which is haunting. An outstanding book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    St John, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "just that bit too predictable"

    I found the plot concerning the five families too predictable, it was easy to guess how their stories would fit in with the world events unfolding. However the description of WW1 and other historical events was detailed and interesting.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    8/25/11
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    "Very disappointing"

    I have always loved Ken Follett books so couldn't wait for this unabridged version to become available. It felt so heavy and ponderous and I am well aware that the content is obviously about a serious era - the months leading to WW1 until the conclusion of the war. I didn't enjoy the narration either - the accents were too tortured. The love "scenes" were also very predictable. I almost feel guilty for writing a bad review about Ken Follett - but I trust other people's reviews so therefore have to be honest! I usually love long books but this one was about twice the size needed.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Biggleswade, Beds, United Kingdom
    11/8/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved everything about this book. The historical aspect both fact and fiction, the characters and the story line. An excellent narrator was the cherry on top. For me a book that had to be listened to at every opportunity. Can't wait to read the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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