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Author: Ken Follett Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Century Trilogy Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780698163737
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Edge of Eternity is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett’s extraordinary historical epic, the Century trilogy. The finale covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.

East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department and finds himself not only in the middle of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own. Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined. Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the twentieth century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country’s most marginalized citizens, Edge of Eternity is truly a drama for the ages.

As always with Follett’s writing, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action is fast-moving, and the characters are rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but will never seem the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the ambitious, commanding capstone to his multigenerational Century trilogy, Follett expertly chronicles the pivotal events of the closing decades of the twentieth century through the eyes of a vast array of deftly-drawn characters…Mesmerizing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The final volume in Follett’s latest trilogy (after Fall of Giants and Winter of the World) is worth the wait…Once again, Follett has written pitch-perfect popular fiction that readers will devour.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “By the end of this final audiobook in Follett’s engrossing trilogy of the twentieth century, listeners will have just one question: Is there anything narrator John Lee can’t do? Lee deftly delivers the array of accents needed for this novel featuring five interconnected families who witness the major political, social, and cultural events of the last seventy years. Not only does Lee create a distinctive voice for each of the many characters, whether German, Russian, British, or American, he also believably renders the speech of historical figures, such as JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. Lee’s exceptional performance is rounded out by a keen sense of pacing and emotion, whether he’s delivering a tender love scene or conveying the horrors of a race riot. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Those eagerly awaiting volume three of Follett’s ambitious Century Trilogy will not be disappointed…Follett does an outstanding job of interweaving and personalizing complicated narratives set on a multicultural stage.”

    Booklist

  • “Another sprawling, multigenerational, continent-spanning saga from long-practiced pop-fiction writer Follett…Follett, while not delivering the edge-of-the-seat tautness of Eye of the Needle, knows how to turn in a robust yarn without too much slack, even in a book as long as this…Follett writes of those young hipsters with a fustiness befitting Michener, and indeed there’s a Michenerian-epic feeling to the whole enterprise, as if The Drifters had gotten mashed up with John le Carré and Pierre Salinger…He does a good job of tying disparate story lines together in the end. A well-written entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for September 2014
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 NPR bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Series conclusions

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About the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. His first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, an Edgar Award–winning spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, with the series selling more than thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.