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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 18, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CMOLVQ
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Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2 Audiobook – Abridged
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The novel covers a wide range of world events; the rise of Nazism, the ascent of Franco in Spain, the Battle of Moscow, the Blitz, the Normandy landings, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the development of the atom bomb, the fall of Berlin and many more. This was a fun way of brushing up on my history.
As in “Fall of Giants”, the book is simply written, without any unnecessary complexities. Characters are alive and have well-developed personalities. However on a personal level, I was more attached to the characters in book 1. They sounded more real, more natural and lovelier than their children. That being said, these characters are also present in book 2 and their personalities have evolved over the years based on the circumstances that they have encountered.
This book and its prequel, are strongly related, this is why I would recommend starting with “fall of giants” before reading “Winter of the World”. However if you decide against this advice, you will be able to come up to speed with the previous events in some time.
The book excellently portrays the societies in Europe and the United States during the 30’s and the 40’s (before, during and after the war). Some good descriptions include the brown shirts Nazi’s and the opposing parties in berlin, the high society in buffalo, the secret police and the corruption under dictatorships. It also dives into the evolution of communism throughout the years and into socialism across Europe. The description helps explain part of why the world is as we see it today. I believe that the author was also successful in stating and answering the following questions: “Can we generalize a belief or a system to a whole country? Does human nature always seek power? And do causes justify the means?
The book is also objective to a great extent with few flows that I will mention below. It shows the evils associated with fascism from its discrimination, to its ultimate race, and to its cruelty towards human beings who hold different ideologies and beliefs. But in many cases the book also presents the wrong doings of the allies (USA, Britain and Russia) politically and militarily.
The war part contains a lot of thrillers which can make your heart pump faster due to its intense events and vivid descriptions.
On the other hand, there are too many coincident and meeting points throughout the book. It is as if all characters live in one small city. I understand that the author intends to tell history by following the journey of the main characters, but all these intersections make the story less cohesive. Also some tragedies could have had a more intense reaction from the characters* (Example below to avoid spoilers).
Finally having a Japanese family as part of the story could have enriched the book even further. Actually I was disappointed that the Japanese society was never mentioned. Also I believe that Hiroshima and Nagasaki should have been mentioned with more than just a few words!!
I am giving this book a rating of 4 minus, but I would certainly recommend it and I am looking forward to reading the last book of the trilogy.
*the reaction of Eth to dave’s death.
I've read the complete trilogy. It is entertaining and a great history lesson.