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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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    shirley K. Bigham 02-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect!"

    Does Ken follett ever write something boring? He researches his work to minute detail and delivers a winner every time. This will not let you down.

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    Charles Abcaster, Ontario, ON, Canada 02-19-13
    Charles Abcaster, Ontario, ON, Canada 02-19-13
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    "A wonderful combination of Fiction and Fact"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, not having read the print version


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

    The murder and disposal of the body of the young Nazi piano student


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    At first I was annoyed by the "upper class" diction but as time passed came to appreciate his wonderfully clear reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a gripping tale and a fine companion on a long car trip. I was six when WWII broke out and am well aware of all of the events recounted. It was a pleasure to see how Follet placed his characters inside the events and made them come alive.

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    Michele Nepean, ON, Canada 02-16-13
    Michele Nepean, ON, Canada 02-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book - can wait for the Third book"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audio book and I truly enjoyed it.


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

    This is the first time I listened to John Lee and his performance was very good. I liked the different voices especially the russians.


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    Kelly Burr Ridge, IL, United States 02-14-13
    Kelly Burr Ridge, IL, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen- the reader is captivating"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so well developed that you feel like you know them. The book does an amazing job of keeping the story moving while still staying true to the historical events of the time.


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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-14-13
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    I loved the characters and the way they were woven into the history of WWII. It is an amazing feat when an author can do lengthy stories such as this one and the other series as well as write amazing spy novels. Ken Follett is a terrific author.The best part of Winter of the World is how Daisy grows into such a remarkable woman; and how Carla is able to step up and protect her family, yet still love her totally obnoxious brother. The characters truly come alive under John Lee's narrative.


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

    I think of Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Lots of similarities. I've read them both but will listen to them one of these days.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    yes. I liked Mr. Lee's performance. He brought the characters to life and was able to do all the voices in all the dialects beautifully.


    Who was the most memorable character of Winter of the World and why?

    It is hard to pick out just one character because they all had such remarkable 'stories' but it's hard to not focus on Lloyd Williams since he was quite an amazing young man. He was loyal to his roots but able to adapt to the changes around him. He also waited for Daisy to grow up and recognize him as the man for her. There were so many strong characters in this book....even when selecting the wrong direction to follow, the characters were strong, if misguided.


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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 02-13-13
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another solid work and great read"

    I can't wait for the next installment. Ken Follett does such a great job with these massive historical books. I was hesitant when I read some of the reviews that said he had phoned it in. He didn't. This book is worth all the time it will take you to read it.

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

    Maybe. It is complex enough that we might revisit it again.


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

    I think it was better than The Fall of Giants, but a close comparison.


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    Tracey 02-13-13
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    "Love the first book, this one not so much"

    So much explicit sex it was hard to find the story. The narration was hard to listen to and the story was predictable.

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    P.J. 02-12-13
    P.J. 02-12-13

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    "A Wonderful Way to Revisit History"

    Ken Follett does a wonderful job of writing the history of wars between 1930's and 1950's. Through rich characters we see the effects of war on the US, British, Russians and Germans. Lives are torn apart, brought together, loves are won and lost through these countries as their citizens endure horror and hardships of war.

    Should one just read the actual history for the time, one would miss the individual emotions, the mind numbing acceptance of some people and why, the breaking of hearts, the turmoil in families, the devastation to both land and humans, the fierceness of beliefs, the bravery, the self serving actions of some and the political thought behind some actions. Follett brings all of these things to life in his characters and descriptions.

    Get ready for a long ride, but be sure not to miss a minute.

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    Cora BREMERTON, WA, United States 02-12-13
    Cora BREMERTON, WA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ken Follett & John Lee... what a pair!"
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely in the top 10 for audio books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that I am learning so much about historical culture. Ken Follett has an amazing ability to really bring a story to life. He describes the details you didn't think you needed to know, but somehow make a very vivid picture.


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

    I recently began searching out books narrated by John Lee (that's how good he is). He flows between characters effortlessly & I can tell who's talking by his accents for each character. John Lee is the best narrator I have listened to yet!


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