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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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Buena novela histórica con personajes llenos de virtudes y defectos, todos pueden pasar de queridos a mal queridos. Historia rápida que mezcla la historia con la ficción y te hace querer saber mas de la verdad pero también de las relaciones ficticias. Lev es un campeón!

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  • Rachel
  • Fitzroy, Australia
  • 02-27-13

Words cannot do Fall of Giants justice

I downloaded this audiobook somewhat on a whim. Four and a half stars from a few hundred ratings, sounds like it will be a good book, and then over 30 hours, how's that for value for money?!

Then I started listening... and I basically didn't stop. I was hooked from the first chapter. The writing is brilliant, and the characters even better. I usually struggle with books with heaps of characters, but Ken Follett introduces all the characters gradually and in a logical order so I didn't struggle even once.

As well as really enjoying the specifics of each characters story and becoming really invested in how their lives will turn out, the historical context of this book was fantastic for me. I'm ashamed to admit that my history knowledge is shockingly bad; I'd like to blame my schooling but that only takes me so far. So now, my favourite way to learn about history is like this; by reading (or more commonly listening to) a well researched historical fiction book, where the story keeps me listening but I learn all sorts about that period in history at the same time.

This book had me laughing out loud, and at one point tears running down my cheeks. John Lee did an amazing job at narrating an even more amazing story. I could not recommend this enough.

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  • Pedro
  • cuernavaca, Mexico
  • 02-06-13

Excellent, one of the best books i've ever read!!!

Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

Yes, actually I read the book twice and listened once, I believe the author achieve a good mix between historic facts and fiction to develop an amazing novel

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

Conspirata of Robert Harris, he also achieve a great story mixing reality with fiction

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GREAT!!!

What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

Great book. A story that will keep you wanting to listen to "just one more chapter". Great reading also. John Lee makes it perfect by his use of accents and the perfect pitch in his voice. I just love Ken Follet and now John Lee. If you liked Pillars of the Earth this book is for you. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequels.

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

This is the first. I hope he does the sequels.

Who was the most memorable character of Fall of Giants and why?

That's a hard one. Billy, Ethel, Maude... all of them.

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Totally Engrossing Epoch

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

John Lee is one of my favorite readers. He has a compelling voice and mimics a wide variety of accents without making it too theatrical. I have selected books based on the fact that he is the performer...and I haven't been dissappointed yet.

Any additional comments?

The characters, of which there are many, are totally real and they way their lives intertwine believable. The backdrop of WWI and the Russian revolution are so interesting, I find myself on the internet doing research on events and persons described in this book.<br/><br/>

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  • gary
  • surrey hills, Australia
  • 11-22-12

ken follett weaves a great tale

held my interest throughout. all characters were well woven and believable.
The reader speakes all the characters fluently and consistently. a great listen

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Loved it.

Fantastic book. Loved the characters and got a history lesson at the same time.

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One of the greatest books

What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

I love history. The author and narrator did more than a splendid job. I must state that I love this book. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and the suspense is great, although you know what is going to happen.

What did you like best about this story?

The author narrated history factually correct and with a human touch. I love the way the author used symbolism in his stories.

Which scene was your favorite?

Billy and Ethel make strong characters and I like the political scenes where they were fighting for their rights. Lots to learn from it when you are a young reader.

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

"The rise of the 99 % and fall of the 1%!

Any additional comments?

I found this book exciting and can reccomend it.

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I love this kind of book!

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I liked so much this book! I am looking foward to listen to the others of the trilogy!

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Great!

Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

Yes, the reader uses accents which helps realize who is speaking (there are a lot of characters so very useful).

What did you like best about this story?

A lot of characters, The plot, etc.<br/>I looked forward to commuting to listen to the story!

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

The different accents for the characters

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  • Irene
  • 05-21-13

Now't wrong with the book...but what a rip off

I enjoyed Part one..and used a months credit in buying it...with the intention of buying part two with my next credit. But now it seems that Audible have decided to sell the whole book together.......now I have to use a credit to get a single part and anyone else can get the whole book. What a rip off Audible....spoiling an excellent book by leaving a bitter taste because I feel rippped off.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-20-12

Really Enjoyable

The huge scope of this story makes for great listening. Although I found John Lee a little difficult at first - he actually does an excellent job and I was soon enjoying it all tremendously.

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  • Claire
  • 12-07-17

wonderfully balances history and narative

this is brilliant book for any one interested in contemporary history and familly sagas. worth the time investment.

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  • gasmo33
  • 11-22-17

Is this really the same author as ‘Pillars of the Earth’?

I knew I was in trouble when I read ‘his impossibly handsome face’ and shortly after ‘his chilled jaw’. And it just goes on. Do people still write like this?

It’s Mills & Boon on prosaic.

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  • Caroline
  • 11-12-17

Absolutely loved it!

Ashamed to admit I knew very little about WW1. Having listened to this informative and wonderfully narrated book, with its many interesting characters, I now have a much better understanding of how sadly it all came about. Can't wait to listen to Winter of the World. Highly recommend.

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  • G. Rance
  • 11-08-17

A very long saga but excellent book

This is a very long book and I was glad to finish it, apparently the first of three but I’ll leave a gap before going on to book two! Cleverly written so that the lives of the main characters intertwine and I can imagine how they will cross paths in the next book. It really gave me a good understanding of the world at that time and I really feel I’ve been educated and entertained. Narrator was ok.

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  • Emma
  • 10-05-17

Outstanding...informative, gripping, and moving

This book was so compelling that I had to invent excuses to listen to it for hours at a time. It's fiction of course, but there are historical facts embedded in the story that educated me on life before, during, and after the First World War. I want everyone to have the chances to hear/ read this fabulous fabulous work.

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  • Barbara E. Tippett-gant
  • 10-04-17

If you love a good long story this is for you.

This narrator is very good if it were not so my limit is 5 minutes.

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  • ms
  • 09-08-17

Another brilliant book

wonderful read John Lee is such a fabulous narrator...strong story believable characters ...on to the next one ..

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  • Annie gs
  • 08-23-17

Great book

I loved this book an absolute must! I found the history fascinating and the facts were so well researched. The story was good although a bit slow in some places and he can cut all the sex scenes as they add nothing to the book at all. the narrator was very accomplished but not all the accents were great mainly the Russian ! Great book though