Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Ken Follett's magnificent new historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man's world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House. . . . 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 a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.

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, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families--and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . .

Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, c2010.
ISBN: 9780142428276
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD FICTION FOL
Characteristics: 24 sound discs (30.5 hrs.)
Additional Contributors: Lee, John

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mzch
Jul 08, 2016

This book felt like a porny Downton Abbey. Fascinating historical overview, but Follett's juxtaposition of a modern, explicitly narrated sexual ethos with historical events was rather jarring. Loved the narrator.

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iRun
Jan 18, 2016

Returned mid-disc 6

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amg954
Dec 12, 2014

Loved this book! I am a big fan of Ken Follett and he has outdone himself. I love history and particularly the last century's conflicts but did not know a great deal of WW1. He made it so interesting and the narration is excellent. Can't be easy to do all the different accents. I cannot wait to listen to Book 2!

4five May 14, 2013

this book (Fall of Giants) was returned yesterday, 5/13 in the audio drop box.

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roystreet
Jan 04, 2013

reader spoils a good tale by putting himself on autopilot: a 25 CD-long laundry list: no pauses, no expression.

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lisapoopsie
Oct 23, 2012

John Lee's reading of this book is as outstanding as Follet's writing. Lee uses different accents so one really gets a feel for the book's content. A great read.

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haploU5
Jan 26, 2012

An epic tale about the events leading to and throughout WWI with special attention to the Russian revolution and women’s suffrage. A great history lesson but some war situations drag on a little too long. The viewpoint is depicted through the eyes of German, Russian, Welsh and American characters, both rich and poor, aristocrat and peasant. Teeming with romance, betrayal and heartbreak, Fall of Giants is a compelling listen. Solid narrator; does all accents well, never annoying.

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dijolly
Jan 22, 2012

I took it to Mexico on my ereader and it was a great beach/pool read. I learnt alot of history about that time period.

jwhite412 Dec 15, 2011

Apparently the first in a planned trilogy of hefty tomes, this saga follows several diverse characters as they enter, endure, and ultimately survive the years surrounding WWI, the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, and women’s suffrage. I have no head for history, and when that rare author comes along that can keep me interested in a historical FICTION that also teaches me about my own world history – that is a plus. Follett’s gift is his ability to craft characters that we want to BE, especially his underdog heroes (Billy Twice, Ethel, etc). He does deal with human sexuality graphically, which some criticize – but perhaps it is these spots of carnal human fictionalization which make all the HISTORY palatable for me.

DMK4285 Jul 12, 2011

DNF
No plans to finish at this time

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mzch
Jul 08, 2016

mzch thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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