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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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    Guy Leclerc Virginia beach, VA, United States 01-29-13
    Guy Leclerc Virginia beach, VA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2017

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    "A good story around historic facts"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked it since he is not trying to detail too much the history. The story makes it interesting!


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    frühlingsblume 01-29-13
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    "rushed account of WWII"

    sadly, this book does not keep up with the "Fall of Giants". It's ok, it's a good diversion when you are bored, but the story teems with stereotypes, describes brutality in great detail, has several very similar and repetitive sex scenes and even some historical mistakes.
    Intermittently there are good scenes and descriptions, but it lacks the density and development of good stories such as the "Fall of Giants" or the "Pillars of the Earth". Rather, it's a motley of stories and scenes that jump ahead and back, which also makes it hard to follow a general storyline.
    The reader also mispronounces German words and names, which is a shame in a book of this volume and price.
    Overall, I would say it might have been better to make three books out of all that material, research more thoroughly, and go easy on stereotypes....
    Listen to it, if you want to know what happened to all the people from the "Fall of Giants". Don't bother, if you are interested in the complex history of WWII and what lead up to it.

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    Coleen California 01-27-13
    Coleen California 01-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "History lesson with great storyline"

    Loved the continuation of the previous book, only dislike is his voice for the female characters.

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    Matthew United States 01-27-13
    Matthew United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Personal perspective on history make an impression"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    The graphic depiction of the London bombing from street level was intense. Seeing it through the eyes of the character and learning how it transformed her was incredible.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    The vocal changes helped make the story flow. The lilt in places really separated the classes of people in a believable way.


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

    War is personal, at every level of social strata.


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    S.L. Southern U.S. 01-26-13
    S.L. Southern U.S. 01-26-13 Member Since 2013

    S.L.

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    "Great Until the End"
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Unsatisfying sweeping epic


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is a follow up to Follett's last book, Fall of Giants, and I was excited to keep following the characters through the end of WWI and through WWII. As always the story is engaging, the characters rich and narration excellent. Least interesting was that there was more sex in this book, which really didn't add anything, in my opinion. Not a prude or anything, I just felt like it sometimes kept the story dragging.


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

    John Lee is excellent and does well in this novel.


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

    Hard to pick just one, but I liked when the nurse of a Nazi hospital dares to put her life at risk to right a terrible wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book until the end, which was so abrupt it was ridiculous. I know the story will continue in his next book, but Fall of Giants ended much better than this one - it just drops off and leaves you unsatisfied after such a time commitment.

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    Cookiej Temecula, CA, United States 01-25-13
    Cookiej Temecula, CA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Follett Followup!"
    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    This tapestry, well woven. with the second generation of the five families is brilliantly conceived and executed. I continued to learn so much history from this time period.


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

    There are so many that it is difficult to choose. That's not a cop-out either. It's true!


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

    William. John Lee does a wonderful British accent. His Russian is good as well. I wish I could say the same about his American accents ... those leave a little to be desired.


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

    I couldn't get over the devastation and horrific circumstances in Germany before, during and after the war. The brutality of war was overwhelming.


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    karinzart hawaii 01-23-13
    karinzart hawaii 01-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Professional woman, reading constantly

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    "Much Better than "Fall of Giants""
    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once again, lots of characters, lots of sub-plots throughout the book, but in the end, it seems to all come together.


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

    The battle scene was pretty creepy


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

    Yes, he's pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book better than the "Fall of Giants". I knew both books would be slow and drawn out, so no surprises here. Follett does get into the historical significance of the times and I really think he hit the mark in his depictions. I enjoy his work but I am hoping that the third in this series leaves me wanting more........

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    Shalena 01-18-13
    Shalena 01-18-13

    I am addicted to learning, reading, hiking, travel and, at one time, moving around. Life is as fun as you make it.

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    "I didn't think it was possible"

    This book was even better than the last one! Fall of Giants is by far one of my all-time favorite books...but now Winter of the World has topped it. The history content is riveting, the plot is grand, the characters are wonderful. I can't rave enough about this book. I've already started to listen to it again. If you love history and inspirational books, this series is for you.

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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 01-16-13
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "great follow up to fall of giants"
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    yes...a lot to absorb in one listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all good


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    as i walk my many miles every day, listening to the book made me lose time of walking...and that was a good thing...walked more miles than i realized

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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 01-14-13
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    I'm always in awe of Ken Follett's ability to write in this epic style that grips the reader's attention throughout.
    I would enjoy it more with a different narrator, however, as John Lee frequently puts his emphasis on the first word in a sentence. This is often bewildering enough to detract from the tale itself.

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