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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (54,716 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Trilogy Release Date:
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Fall of Giants is the glorious new historical saga from Ken Follett. Book one in The Century Trilogy, it traces the intertwined paths of five families — Welsh, English, Russian, German, and American — as they experience the dramatic events of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the women's suffrage movement.

13 year old Billy Williams becomes a man, going to work as a coal miner in Wales. His sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the wealthy Fitzherberts, climbs fatefully above her station, while Lady Fitzherbert enters dangerous territory, falling in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London. Gus Dewar, a heartbroken American law student, begins a new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House. Brothers Grigori and Lev Peshkov, Russian orphans, begin wildly divergent journeys when war and revolution disrupt their plan to emigrate to The United States.

In an complex, epic drama, these characters find their fates inseparably intertwined. The plot flows effortlessly between St. Petersburg and Washington, from a shimmering palace to a dusty and dangerous coal mine, and from the bedrooms of the powerful to the halls of government. In true Follett form, the characters are alive with emotion and depth, historical details are exhaustively researched and portrayed, and the pages turn themselves. Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1 is sure to be considered a classic work of historical fiction.

Ken Follett burst onto the literary scene with the award winning Eye of the Needle in 1978. His celebrated Pillars of the Earth, and its sequel, World Without End were are among the international best sellers that followed. Ken lives in London and Hertfordshire with his family.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told. The New York Times Book Review

    "Follett entwines fiction and factual events well. . . . This is a dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more.
  • A good read. . . . It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks . . . then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. That's quite the feat. USA Today
  • Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end. The Huffington Post 

    "Fascinating, in a big way.

  • A suspenseful epic. The Seattle Times
  • Tantalizing. Newsday
  • Follett conjures the winds of war. The Washington Post
  • "Grand in scope, scale, and story. The Associated Press

  • “Follett is ­masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly…Grippingly told.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Fall of Giants is classic Follett.”

    USA Today

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Traci Ambrose | 1/25/2014

    " A lot of historical detail on WWI with a good amount of "story" interwoven. Good read, but long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joan | 1/24/2014

    " To technical and boring. Could only read half before i gave up. It was more work then it was worth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/24/2014

    " I was really enjoying this book and wanted to finish it to find out how all the characters fared. However, I had to put the book down due to language and sexuality. So if you do not like f-words or to read about people having sex in fairly explicit detail, this book is not for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kyla Carlson | 1/14/2014

    " Meh. I'm not very knowledgeable about WWI, but I also think I am just not that fascinated by it. I learned quite a bit from this book, but I had to work to finish it -- there was a bit too much war for me, and I'm not overly enamored with Follet's characters. I find them shallow, stereotypical, and predictable. That said, I think one can stand to learn a ton from this book and it is easily accessible. "

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