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Fall of Giants Audiobook

Fall of Giants

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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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  • johnny_gb
    3/18/16
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    "Excellent story."

    The story follows history quite closely, but the cadence of the narrator is sometimes jarring and repetitive in intonation. Nevertheless i would highly recommend the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/12/16
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    "Amazing"

    Best way to understand our 20th century and how it led to the WWII without falling for the easy shortcuts.

    So captivating, I hardly slept during the last 5 days in order to get the 203 chapters ASAP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzie C
    3/12/16
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    "Quality story and narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, as opposed to just reading it. The narrator was able to capture the essence of the characters and portray them in a realistic and sensitive way. This is the best narrated audiobook I have ever bought.


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

    I am not sure, but it reminded me a little of the television series Downton Abbey.


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

    He was able to convincingly portray all characters, but my favourite character was probably Maude, brother of Earl Fitzgibbon and lover of Walter Von Ulrich.


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

    It would have taken over my whole life if I had attempted it in one sitting! I really enjoyed listening to it just before bed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR A M INNES
    3/10/16
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    "Brilliant first part of trilogy."

    Great mix of historical fact and fiction. Narration is well read and accents realistic always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Pj Marsh
    Nottingham England
    1/22/16
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    "Long Very Long But worth It"

    This is the first book in a trilogy that covers the Twentieth Century and the events that make up its greatest moments. This particular part essentially covers the first world war its' causes and consequences and the Russian revolution, up to and including the rise on Lenin, Stalin and the Trotsky Bolshevist uprising.

    The facts according to the author are correct, and the fiction well that's engaging enough to hold your interest. The fiction is centered around a number of families from the most humble beginnings of Welsh miners to the Russian aristocratic connections to the Czar. highlighting their wins losses and draws and told from a very human perspective, with good characterisations and great stories that all weave together into what is a cracking first class story.

    All of this presents a significant challenge for the NarratorJohn Lee who does a reasonable job although his Welsh accent could do with a little polish, other than that he reads a little slowly and when I did speed him up to 1.25 the script was inclined to clip not significantly but enough to notice.

    I will be reading the next instalment as I enjoy Ken Folletts style of storytelling and based on what I have heard here the next book will I'm sure be up there with the very best too... so watch this space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aybee
    1/18/16
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    "Fall Of Giants"

    Very educational. I learned a lot about how and why WW1 started and ended.

    It took me some time to get used to the way John Lee reads as his narration is sometimes stilted and doesn't flow as you'd expect. On a few occasions I wasn't sure if it was a man or woman speaking but I figured it out from what was being said. If you can get past that then you'll enjoy the story as much as I did. He does the different accents very well indeed.

    All the main characters have depth and I found myself liking them except one. He has proven, as I've discovered in life, that money cannot buy common sense.

    The book has many chapters but most of them are between 2 and 5 minutes long with the longest being 11 or 12, so don't let that put you off.

    Overall I found this audiobook interesting, shocking and quite funny at times and I do recommend it even if for the historical content alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    London
    12/27/15
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    "A Must"
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    I feel a little inadequate in reviewing some Ken Follett novels, not only are they so well written they are invariably so well reviewed that I find myself merely repeating what others have already written so I'll try to keep it short. The Fall of Giants is very well written and equally well narrated. All of the main characters are well realised and I felt a deep interest in what happened to them. This book served me as an education - the novel effectively focuses on four families one in England, Russia, Germany and the USA, it starts a few years before the beginning of the first world war and continues to chart the progress of the families throughout the conflict and by what happens to them, it reflectively gives a window on society and the progress of the war in each place. It must be rear for one novel to give such even handed treatment of the peoples on all sides of this great conflict. Having read this novel over a year ago it was one of the first books I read to give me a real World War bug but whilst the historical detail contained in the many hours of listening is enlightening what really makes this book a classic is it just tells a really gripping story - life & death, love & jealously, courage & folly, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Cornes
    Stoke, UK
    12/2/15
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    "Cracking Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    It has been a thoroughly enjoyable listen throughout.


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

    I especially like the way the narrative intertwines the lives of these people spread initially across the globe and the increasingly intermingled.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When lives collide.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia H. Keane
    Ireland
    10/16/15
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    "I enjoyed the story and the historical baackground"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is beautifully read


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved forward quickly but included interesting factual detail


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

    Lady Maud


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

    No it was a good read but not moving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    7/26/15
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    "A wonderful experience"

    Well written and totally absorbent read with great clarity and a story that is wonderfully real

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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