Winter of the World

Winter of the World 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 F

  • Title: Winter of the World
  • Author: Ken Follett John Lee
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • 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 thKen 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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    1. عام جديد يبدأ ولكني استهليت قراءته برواية تدور أحداثها منذ حوالي 75 عاماواعتبرها إضافة مميزة لقراءاتي المعتادة من الرواياتمن قال أن الروايات ليست بأهمية الكتب النصية لهو فعلا ضيق الأفقفهنا امتزجت دراما ممتعة مع أحداث سياسية تاريخية هامةوشخصيات متنوعة مثيرة مع شخصيات حقيقي [...]

    2. I read the first of this trilogy – Fall of Giants. It was excellent. Winter of the World continues in the same superlative fashion. The narrative is quick and absorbing. Through the eyes of interesting characters, you get a front row seat in the most memorable historical events that were really not that long ago. The first book took me inside the world my grandparents experienced. This one transported me into the events that shaped my parents. The book provides in-depth perspectives and descri [...]

    3. My rating would have been 2 and one-half stars if had given me the option. Plus I think the divergence of this review from the "average" of the reviews for the book is as much due to the cognitive dissonance of not "really enjoying" a book that you've slogged thru 960 pages to complete, than a passionate embrace of "Winter."As much as I liked the first volume of Follett's 20th Century Trilogy -- Fall of Giants -- I was disappointed by this second installment. The back cover blurb: "These charac [...]

    4. Ken Follett is a mediocre writer, but a stellar storyteller. His characters are cardboard, his dialogue wooden and on the nose, his prose pedestrian and perfunctory. As for his punctuation of dialogue: ugh. I said: "Please take away Follett's colon key, stat." (No, Ken, a colon is not interchangeable with a comma.)But still - the pages demand to be turned.WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right after FALL OF THE GIANTS, with the sons and daughters of the latter novel's characters facing the Spanish C [...]

    5. A journey through the horrors of World War 2 through the eyes of different people from England, the USA, Russia, and of course, Germany. This starts with the NSDAP taking over German politics in 1933 and ends in 1949 with the separation of Germany into West and East. Reading these 1000 pages was an emotional roller coaster. After loving the Fall of Giants (centered around WWl) I had very high expectations. The historical content definitely didn't disappoint. Various POVs introduced British, Amer [...]

    6. Well, I just finished this thing and I did like it, but not as much as the first installment.The best part of this novel is the history, Follett is able to distill it into bite size little nuggets and integrate the info into readable dialogue. I learned a ton about China and her role in the remaking of the UN, new information on why Japan was so aggressive during the run up to Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb development in the US, and many other historical antecedents of the Cold War.Follet just about [...]

    7. Congratulations, Ken Follett! You've taken the most destructive conflict this world has ever seen and turned it into a wan and tawdry soap opera! Worse yet, you have cribbed unmercifully from Herman Wouk's Winds of War. I'm assuming Kenny is hoping that readers will be unaware that a 40-plus-year-old book already covered the same globe-trotting style and settings that is the backbone for both novels. If that was his aim, I can only envy the readers who haven't sampled Wouk's superior effort. Per [...]

    8. The 20th century is the most dramatic and violent period in the history of the human race. We killed more people in the 20th century than in any previous century, in the trenches of World War I, in the Soviet Union under Stalin, in Germany under the Nazis, Spain under Franco. There was World War II and the bombing of Dresden by the British and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a horrible century and yet it is also the century of liberty.Very few countries were democratic before the First World War. [...]

    9. I was a fan of Ken Follett's previous books (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and, to an extent, Fall of Giants) but I really didn't enjoy this book. I felt like he "phoned it in" or rushed to get it out quickly, which was disappointing. My main problems with the novel were: 1) unrealistic dialogue 2) extremely predictable plot points 3) characters you don't really care about (although I did have a warm spot for Daisy) and 4) lack of nuance/complexity in characters. However, I did think [...]

    10. Ken Follett's second book in his Century trilogy ' Winter of theWorld ' is turning in to an excellent dramatisation of Eric Hobsbawm's ' The Age of Extremes '.It has all the ingredients of ' Fall of Giants ' easy to read, absorbing, intriguing and never far from actuality of the age. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not really into History but likes a cracking story.

    11. I was a First Reads winner! I feel so lucky that I won a copy of this book. I have a habit of opening a book and reading the first couple of sentences in the book. If it doesn't grab my attention I have a hard time reading on. I can't actually review this book yet because I am not quite done with "Fall Of Giants" yet, which I insist on finishing first. I am really enjoying that book so far. I love the setting and the characters are interesting. I very much want to see what becomes of them. I did [...]

    12. Fall of Giants, Book One of Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy, had ended in January 1924 at the finish of World War I and the Russian Revolution, showing a nine-year-old boy shaking hands with his father. Book Two, Winter of the World, commences in February 1933, with eleven-year-old Carla in the kitchen of her Berlin home wondering what her parents, English born Maud, and German born Walter von Ulrich, were arguing about. Book One’s readers would also be unsure what the quarrel was for, as [...]

    13. I DID IT hell yeahSo, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one but I still did love it. These books are so fascinating because they manage to cover so much information in only 900 pages. This one gave such an interesting perspective on World War II and the homefront. I love how you get to see all of the facets of the war, not just the battles. The characters were lovable as it follows the children of the characters from the first book so I felt like I already knew them. My one issu [...]

    14. There are reasons why Ken Follett is one of my favorites, if not THE favorites and Winter of the World is another shining example of why.WOW picks up ten years after the end of Fall of Giants. While it does have the original cast from the previous installment, it's more about the second generation: their children. It spans the time from the rise of Hitler and his Nazi regime, through the Spanish Revolution, WWII, Pearl Harbor, the advent of the nuclear bomb, the subsequent bombing of Japan and e [...]

    15. Think you could never empathize with a communist, a socialist, the elitist, anarchist, or aristocrat? Think again, because Follett takes you front and center into the lives of such people in his second book of the Century Trilogy with a passion and clarity that delivers the story of their struggles and triumphs to a place beyond our manufactured understanding and created historical boxes. I love a great familial pan-Atlantic historical epic, and KF is incredibly precise in describing the minutia [...]

    16. I finished it because I felt I had to. Hoping perhaps an unexpected plot twist, or something, might convince me that wading through 960 pages would be worth it. Sadly, the last page turned left me as empty as the previous many. Each page turned revealed the expected, formulaic and dull running commentary of 5 families and their involvement in the history of the time. Characters such as Maud, so interesting in the first book, so glossed over in this – Ethel Leckwith so strong in the first book [...]

    17. “Why was it, Lloyd wondered, that the people who wanted to destroy everything good about their country were the quickest to wave the national flag?”Non ho letto il libro in inglese, ma non avendo sottolineato le citazioni, per evitare di cercarle ho preso quella che mi serviva in inglese.Dunque, non c'è molto da dire. È un buon romanzo, senza infamia e senza lode, un buon romanzo che ha il vantaggio di lasciarsi leggere quasi troppo facilmente, tanto che se uno è privo di grandi impegni, [...]

    18. Wow 😍 Genauso genial und episch wie Teil 1 der Jahrhundert Saga ❤️❤️❤️Phantastische Erzählweise, tolle und berührende Charaktere und grade als Hörbuch absolut zu empfehlen! Nun freue ich mich auch schon auf den dritten Teil, zu dem ich direkt im November greifen werde 😃

    19. Finalmente he acabado de leer la extensa segunda parte de la trilogía del Siglo. Cuán cortas han quedado las casi mil páginas de este libro para abarcar tanta información histórica.Ken Follett continúa la trilogía "El siglo" con esta segunda obra. La novela, El invierno del mundo, publicado en el 2012 y con casi mil páginas narra la historia que va desde el ascenso de Hitler al poder en 1933 hasta la culminación de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la posterior división de Alemania repartida [...]

    20. Of course, you must read FALL OF GIANTS first's just now out in mass paperback, I noticed. I bought the hardcover, some time back,and actually carried it to the Kansas City area to read it,and didn't start it.nths later I finally did,and loved it.I grew fond of the characters,and felt like they were my personal friends. the 2nd book in this trilogy? I felt the same. I felt the pain, the joy, the love, the anguish of all that the characters were going through WW I and WW II ,and all the drama foc [...]

    21. First, Follett does a great job of making a fat book fly by. However, for a book that makes up something called "The Century Trilogy", I'm a little disappointed that the first two books only covered the first half of the century. Will the next book only make it to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then we're done? Second, Follett does a wonderful job reminding us that war is horrific. He really doesn't hold back. If you're at all appalled by the fact that humans can be truly AWFUL to each other, t [...]

    22. Esta leitura deu-me bastante trabalhinho, não por ser má, porque não foi de todo, adorei o livro, mas sim pelo seu tamanho e a história em si ser “pesada”.“O Inverno do Mundo” é o segundo livro da trilogia “O Século” de Ken Follett, sendo que a narrativa decorre durante a segunda Guerra Mundial, que para mim é uma das épocas históricas que mais gosto.Neste livro vamos viajando por aquela época com exatamente as mesmas personagens do primeiro, e é nos possível verificar o [...]

    23. Mais um bela lição de história contada através de uma encruzilhada de histórias.Ao contrário do que parecia até meio do livro, acabei por gostar mais deste do que do volume anterior que me desiludiu um bocadinho no final. Um grande rol de personagens riquíssimas, algumas já conhecidas da Queda dos Gigantes, mas aqui os protagonistas são outros. E agora vou ter de começar rapidamente o último volume da trilogia, cuja tema já se adivinha com o final deste.Espero que o Ken Follet nos b [...]

    24. Ciertamente, me encantó! Y lo digo sorprendida porque no lo esperaba.Cuando tenía catorce años mi mamá me recomendó este autor, y el peor error que pude cometer fue comprar La Caída de los Gigantes, un ladrillo de 1016 páginas, cantidad que nunca había leído hasta ese momento. Y tampoco nadie me había dicho que ejem ejem a Follet le gusta describir bastante las escenas románticas -eróticas- de sus personajes, así que, con mi pobre cabecita de catorce años que lo más peligroso que [...]

    25. I'm more of a review reader than a review writer here on GoodReads. However, I felt moved to say a few words regarding the quality, or lack thereof, pertinent to Ken Follett's Winter of the World. I've read two previous books by Ken Follett, the cathedral building series (Pillars of the Earth and ???). I enjoyed them both. So, I decided to pick up Winter of the World (book two in the latest series) because I'm a huge fan of anything historical concerning WWII. And typically, historical fiction i [...]

    26. I loved this second book as much as the first in the series. I listened to the audio version this time and it only added to the entertainment value. This is a lonnnnggggg book but listening made it so much easier to get through. I love the characters, the politics, the war action, the relationships and just everything!The historical element is fascinating and as before I was looking up all the battles / equipment / places / people described to get more information - it's just a brilliant way to [...]

    27. Na continuação do volume anterior, este livro deixa-nos uma rica lição de história dos meados do século XX. Não que Ken Follett tenha sido imparcial, porque não foi, mas o enredo das personagens principais, filhos dos protagonistas do 1º volume, revela-nos um dos piores períodos da história da humanidade - a 2ª Guerra Mundial.Sendo a trilogia um olhar por todo o século XX, penso que o início do livro pecou por não haver a contextualização da grande depressão, entre outros epis [...]

    28. Let me begin by saying that I could not put this book, or rather my ipad, down until I read the whole thing. It took me two days to get through it and I was so excited over it that I couldn't read it fast enough. As historical novels go, I found it very entertaining and it seemed plausible that all of these characters could experience the events Follett depicted. However, I couldn't help but compare Winter of the World with Herman Wouk's utterly amazing The Winds of War and its sequel, War and R [...]

    29. There are many things that I can say about Ken Follett and the second book in his Century trilogy--and remarkably, just about everything I have to say is good!-First, Ken Follett's books are where history, soap opera, good storytelling, and statistically improbably coincidence meet.-Second, Ken Follett is an unlikely combination of Edward Rutherfurd and Danielle Steel.-Third, if you have a person who likes to read, but hates history, this would be the kind of book to give him.-My issue with leng [...]

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