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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
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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The stories of a time in history most are not familiar: World War 1.
Wonderful fictional characters mix with actual leaders of the time. Read more
Brings history to life with believable characters from different classes and cultures. I look forward to reading the next book in this trilogy.Published 20 hours ago by L. Mockmouse
Ken's a good writer, but this book does have a lot of sex in it. The historical story revolves around several fictional and some historical characters, lots of romance. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Justin R
Entertaining but characters are caricatures, story is improbable, and history is treated as something that can be adjusted to meet requirements.Published 1 day ago by Marshall Williams
A very good read. Insight into the various "sides"involved in World War 1. Lots of characters which limits the ability to really develop their character however you did... Read morePublished 1 day ago by teepee
I love most of Ken Follett's books especially Pillars of the Earth but this lost my interest really fast.Published 1 day ago by sandra miranda
excellent book. It its the first in a trilogy which I highly recommendPublished 1 day ago by CharlesL Hammond
Loved this book. couldn't put it down. Historical facts with real and fictional characters.Published 2 days ago by sharon kay mattingly