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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: Welcome to the 20th century as you've never seen it. At over 1,000 pages, Fall of Giants delivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you'll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. The story follows five families across the globe as their fates intertwine with the extraordinary events of World War I, the political struggles within their own countries, and the rise of the feminist movement. Intriguing stories of love and loyalty abound, from a forbidden romance between a German spy and a British aristocrat to a Russian soldier and his scandal-ridden brother in love with the same woman. Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning: Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy. --Miriam Landis --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Using characters from different countries—Russia, Wales, England, the U.S., and Germany—and from different classes, Follett's first book in the Century trilogy provides a compelling mesh of interactions that push the story forward and allow a panoramic view of WWI's burden on five families. With over 30 hours, this audiobook would be a challenge for any narrator, but John Lee proves a solid and engaging choice. His deep voice moves through the prose smoothly and forcefully; he manipulates his tone, emphasis, and accent to develop vocal personas for the extensive cast of characters, and keeps a solid pace through the dialogue. It's a marathon performance of a mammoth book that will leave listeners eagerly anticipating the next installment. A Dutton hardcover. (Sept.)
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Ken Follet never lets you down. His books are so well written. Their story is a beautifully written history of the era. They include everything one wants in a well told story. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by RJ
I love the way Follett builds characters into the history and creates stories within stories. I have to admit this one was a little heavy for me on the nuances of WWI but I felt... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by SAMCAT12
I was hesitant to start this long book but once I got started, it was hard to put down. Melding the many characters with their varied positions in their countries history was... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by COASTALBUYER
Loved the Winter of the World, so naturally had to read Fall of GiantsPublished 19 hours ago by Dr. Mary B. White MD
I found this book extremely good, grandious. Hours at work were long, just wanted to get home to keep reading. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by JFerris
Another well-written historical fiction tome by Ken Follett. The story did not hold my interest as well as his Pillars of the Earth series did. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by MarC
So far I have really liked the series. On the second book. Very well written and easy to readPublished 23 hours ago by Emile Kimmet
Another typical Follett outstanding story telling, difficult to put down-an excellent readPublished 1 day ago by MikeK
One of my favorite books this year! This story has a captivating way of bringing you into WWI. I read military history books for work, so I try to strike a balance between history... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Allyson