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Winter of the World Audiobook

Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Ken Follett here follows up his number-one New York Times best-seller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, pause-resistant epic about the heroism and honor of World War II and the dawn of the atomic age.

Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today) and "grippingly told and readable to the end" (The New York Times Book Review). "If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants," said The Washington Post, "they should be well worth waiting for."

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.... American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific.... English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism.... Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war - but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Kevin Fresno, US, Canada 03-04-13
    Kevin Fresno, US, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Anxious for Book 3"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    This was really an interesting book that offered a lot of perspective into the global struggles leading up to WW2 and into the beginnings of the Cold War. Follett does a great job of creating believable characters that you want to succeed or to be killed off accordingly! John Lee is my favorite narrator so far from all of the books I have downloaded from Audible.


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    Jerry Brauneis 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read "hard to stop listening"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great listen and really kept my attention. Great Historical fiction that informs and entertains the listener


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    Nothing that I am familiar with


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

    Lloyd Williams


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

    Epic Journey


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    kathy 03-04-13
    kathy 03-04-13
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    "excellent story"
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    History made interesting


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    I have started "Winds of War" precisely because I have listed to this book.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    clear and concise


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was not very interested in history when I was in school, so this book was a great review of events leading to WW2 and its aftermath. And because I liked the characters,I was hooked until the very end!


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    Kozź PA 03-04-13
    Kozź PA 03-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the second book in what looks like a terrible trilogy. Cliches and poor writing by someone who used to be a great writer


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Maybe


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    Mom of 4 IL USA 03-03-13
    Mom of 4 IL USA 03-03-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Great 2nd book in the series!"
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    I really enjoyed this book as the second one in the trilogy and can't wait for the final installment.

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    Julia 02-28-13
    Julia 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I listen to audiobooks on my commute and daily walks.

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    "characters not as compelling as the first book"
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    Unfortunately I am going to return this book. I found it a disappointment. Ken Follett's characters in his WW1 book, book 1 in this series, The Fall of Giants, were introduced in a way that was well written, enjoyable, rich and engaging, leaving me wanting to find out what happens next.

    In this second book with WW2 as the backdrop, we are left with the children of those original characters, except this time barely any ramping up at all before jumping into their story arcs. I was left feeling very unattached them all, not caring one bit about what happened to any of them. I basically yearned to know more about their parents and felt cheated by the direction of the book. I also found the sex in the book way too over the top. At times I felt like I was reading soft core porn.

    Too bad. Even so, based on the reviews and the success of Fall of Giants, I'm going to listen to the Pillars of the Earth next.

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    mary LOS ALAMITOS, CA, United States 02-28-13
    mary LOS ALAMITOS, CA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful historical fiction for WW 2 and after"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    The vivid characters and their stories explain the history of the time. It makes all that occurred so understandable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the vivid characters and their believable relationships to each other.


    If you could take any character from Winter of the World out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would go to dinner with Daisy and Lloyd. I related to Daisy's youthful mistakes but loved her relationship with Lloyd and his strong character.


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    R. Frank Chevy Chase, MD 02-27-13
    R. Frank Chevy Chase, MD 02-27-13
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    "Good book--enjoyed the Audible / Text interchange"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    I liked Winter of the World more than first book of the Trilogy because I like World War II history more than WWI. I enjoyed the ability to go from my Kindle to my iPhone (where the book was read to me) and back. Very nice feature. But of all the Ken Follett books I simply LOVED Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Exceptional books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical fiction. Character interplays were nice.


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    Linda S. McLaughlin San Diego, Ca, US 02-25-13
    Linda S. McLaughlin San Diego, Ca, US 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "capturing"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Yes I would start with his first book and non stop through the rest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    E. She was passionate, strong, compassionate, vulnerable. Every thing good in all of us


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes he is very good with voice fluctuation and accents. However there are so many characters in this book he sometime has some sound alike


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

    the rape and saving of Rebecca.


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    alexandre 02-24-13
    alexandre 02-24-13
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    "As good as the first one"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Almost at the top. It was a pleasure to listen to it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lloyd and Daisy were my favorite character to follow


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    As in the first one, John Lee was perfect


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