Century Trilogy

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 36,573 ratings

Fall of Giants Publisher's Summary

Fall of Giants is Ken Follett's magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits…. Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House…. Two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…. Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London….

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga 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. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.

In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the 20th century, changing themselves—and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

©2010 Kevin Follett (P)2010 Penguin Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Fall of Giants

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,556
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,568
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,537

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team

    • By Keith on 11-07-10
    • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 09-28-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 15,556 ratings

    Regular price: $56.00

    • Fall of Giants

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 603
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disapointing

    • By S. R. Gibb on 09-04-11

    Regular price: $42.63

  • Book 2

    • Winter of the World

    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another rip-snorter from Ken Follett

    • By Mark on 11-04-12

    Regular price: $42.63

    • Winter of the World

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,047
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,644
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,645

    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. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Sequel

    • By Tim on 03-15-13

    Regular price: $56.00

  • Book 3

    • Edge of Eternity

    • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,782
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,860
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Some good, some bad

    • By Elisa on 09-22-14

    Regular price: $49.00

    • Edge of Eternity

    • Century Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ken Follett
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 36 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great ending to the trilogy

    • By Kindle Customer on 09-22-14

    Regular price: $42.63