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Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World

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Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it ranges from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.

At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover, and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.

Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett’s uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy The Century. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin US/Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Deryck
    Western Cape, South Africa
    12/13/13
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    "Amazing Ken Follett Historical Journey"
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    History brought alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    Carla and Freda investigate the "hospital" at Akelberg - in fact a facility for the extermination of disabled people / the old / children. Encapsulated within this unfolding suspense story so well told by this mastercraftsman storyteller is the chilling reminder of the sheer depth of the evil that was perpetrated by the Third Reich.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The chanting of the names of fallen servicemen in the house of commons - it was initiated by Ethel.


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

    Yes, when Lloyd Williams returns and proposes to Daisy.


    Any additional comments?

    this is an amazing piece of literary craftsmanship. Ken Follett has a gift for historical fiction which is truely remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    Baldock, United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "Wonderful Book"

    I love all of Ken Follets's historical novels. After I finished Fall of giants, I couldn't wait to listen to Winter of the Worlds and I wasn't disappointed. The plot is fascinating and the characters are really well developed. The story really brings the historical background of World War II to life as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Cape Town, South Africa
    11/20/13
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    "A Hefty Read"

    A thoroughly engrossing read though I think it helped to have read The Fall of Giants. There were times when the political arguments, believable as they were, did get a bit boring, but there is action aplenty. I was particularly impressed by the narrator's ability to handle all the different accents, including differentiating between different American characters, not to mention the wealth of English, Russian and German accents required. It made it very easy to follow the dialogue. As a reader myself, I was in awe! I'm looking forward to the next one in the series and I will always look out for John Lee's narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    11/19/13
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    "A book you can immerse yourself in"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an truly epic tale, well researched. The different family strands and stories interweave well incorporating a lot of real historic events lending it an air of authenticity. Easily recommend this book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    The build up to and eventual attack on Pearl Harbour. you're so entwined with the characters all the while knowing whats about to unfold.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I found the voice a bit to 'public announcement' like. It was very clear but sounded more comical reading out a sex scene.


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

    As it's 31 hours long I don't think anyone could handle that but thats not a comment on the book, just it's length. there were a few spots at the beginning that I felt dragged on a little.


    Any additional comments?

    buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Harris
    11/7/13
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    "Please don't waste a credit on this."
    What would have made Winter of the World better?

    Having listened to Fall of Giants, I've been very disappointed by Winter of the World. Slow, tedious, predictable. I listened to the first 8 hours and didn't have the heart to continue so left the book for a month; yesterday I went back to it and lasted less than an hour. I really can't listen to any more of this book. How can someone who wrote Eye of the Needle (un-put-downable) and Pillars of the Earth put his name to this?


    What will your next listen be?

    The Collaborators by Reginald Hill


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Not sure.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicky
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "A moving historical epic"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    I loved this. The narration was great and I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to a bit more and even found chores to do with headphones in so I had an excuse to listen! This is the sequel to Fall of Giants which I would also recommend with 5 stars. Get them both - they are long and well worth the money! My knowledge of european history is embarrassingly weak and although this was a novel it gave me a completely different insight what life would have been like on war torn Europe during the second world war. One word of warning - I did find this very thought provoking and had a couple of sleepless nights thinking about the world then and how conflicts in the current day could very well be the same living hell for those living through a civil war, or occupation.

    It's not the most uplifting book you will read but it is well written and brilliantly narrated. Get it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana John
    Gloucestershire, UK
    10/1/13
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    "Fantastic in every way"

    My husband and I have been enjoying this book together - he is reading it on his Kindle and I am listening to it in the car as I drive long distances for my work. I have just finished it and wish it could have gone on for every. Ken Follett has managed to weave a story that is both satisfying on a human level and as a historical commentary. Follett is brilliant at giving opposing points of view and describing horrific events that although shocking and upsetting, are always tempered by some amazing and heroic characters of both genders. I recommend this book unreservedly. John Lee's narration is excellent. He manages to give all the characters a unique voice and even does the "German/Scottish/English" accent of one of the characters justice. The book has sparked a lively debate in our family about the events surrounding WWII and has helped to remind us how lucky we are. It reminded me on more than one occasion of the excellent Band of Brothers series on TV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guy
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    9/20/13
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    "Only the beginning"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an outstanding story. Ken Follett's story lines have matured since he wrote the Pillars of the Earth stories. The characters are well defined and absolutely believable.
    There's a nice blend of historical context and fictional characters.
    Although this is a fairly long story, I was rather sad when it ended because I felt that I had become friends with the main characters and I wanted to know more about them.
    Fortunately, this story will continue - I just need to be patient and wait for Mr Follett to finish his next installment!
    It's nice to have something to look forward to - especially when you know that you will not be disappointed by the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Susan Gardner
    UK
    9/11/13
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    "Follett does it again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous books, I really don't know how Follett manages to keep the families seperate A wonderful book, keeps you interested all the way through


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the different families, the story told by all sides


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

    I think a good narrator brings the story to life


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

    yes it was, but far too long to do that, however didn't want to turn it off.........


    Any additional comments?

    A really good bood, well researched, telling the stories of different families, not only on different sides of the war, but from different social backgrounds

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/14/13
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    "Fabulous - Fantastic"

    This is one of the best books I have come across - this catapulted Ken Follett into one of my most favourite writers. This is an amazing continuation of Fall of Giants, adding new characters and making older ones greater - but most of all its a story encompassing a history of World War II in Europe and America suggesting how events happened and enrolling these characters and the reader on a roller coater of emotions - and that for me is what makes an author great. With valuable history lessons a bonus this books has my highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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