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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (54,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: Dan Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Trilogy Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781101436851
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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. . . .  Download and start listening now!

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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

  • Winner of the 2010 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Award for Historical Fiction
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 barb | 5/11/2017

    " After listening to the abridged version of the first of the series, I made certain to purchase the full version with John Lee as the narrator. The story was rich with all the things that make Follett's writing grab your attention. The plots are interwoven with care, and each character's story is treated with equal weight and interest. I found the book quite entrancing. The historical framework is a key component of each character's story, and having characters with different perspectives makes the book even more compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nahid | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book! I was never into history but the way Ken Follett writes, I was just sucked into it. I loved the fact that you get the perspective from several sides. This so far is my favorite book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera Carvalho | 2/19/2014

    " I was mesmerized by this book. I was fighting reading it because I usually shy away from big blockbusters but this book is a lesson. The history of the 20th century is fascinating and now we can look back and understand things in perspective and this book offers you this. I recommend giving this to young people who are studying history because this is by far the best book I've read on world war 1 and it is really clear and unbiased explaining how stupidity and arrogance can lead to world catastrophe. I must confess I have learned a lot of important things on this book, the kind of things they won't teach you or your children on school books. Read it, you will be glad you did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancym | 2/3/2014

    " This book was quite an ambitious undertaking by the author and for the reader. There is a huge cast of characters, who are developed, in my opinion, to fit into a historical plot. This make the character see somewhat cold. The strong point of the book is way the plot and story are developed within a well researched historical context. There are a variety of themes, the horrors or war, the arrogance of the upper classes, and social justice. The complexity of the book makes it worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/1/2014

    " I found this to be an entertaining light read juggling a number of interesting characters through very interesting historical times. One has to suspend disbelief a bit as these characters have a Forrest Gump-like fate to pop up repeatedly (and often together) at many of the developed world's historical turning points, but Mr Follett manages to keep our trust that it won't get ridiculous. As Mr. Gump said "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze... But I think maybe it's both... Maybe both is happening at the same time." The ending leaves you desparately looking for the next page--darned, gonna have to buy the next in series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele Chapman | 1/25/2014

    " Loved his other books but had a hard time with this. Was determined to finish though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina Pudlewski | 1/21/2014

    " I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars. It was a fascinating read, very engrossing, until the last 100 pages. I love it when the author gives you a where are they now, but this just wasn't as compelling as the rest of the novel (and I do have to keep reminding myself it's a novel and not a historical chronicle). I will read the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Kiser | 1/13/2014

    " If you have any interest is World War One and historical fiction, you have to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra Margalith | 12/17/2013

    " Well researched, as always. On to no two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/9/2013

    " In progress. A bit slower read than Pillars books. Still, wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Chandler | 11/30/2013

    " Great book, love the chapter layout and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D Ann | 11/26/2013

    " Historical fiction, the best way to learn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiraa S | 11/23/2013

    " I was skeptical of this book because I don't love war stories but this was so much more than that. If you don't fall in love with the characters, you're dead inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Alvarez | 11/16/2013

    " I have to love a book that's combines great storytelling with historical facts. I learned a lot about politics and war, and enjoyed the process! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sinéad | 1/24/2013

    " Didn't love it has much as his other books, but then, I'm not a big fan of wartime novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Morrison | 12/5/2012

    " Good read but I felt it a bit drawn out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raining Roses | 11/2/2012

    " The book well explicates World War I and the Russian Revolution. The characters are well defined. The plot? A bit too coincidental. However, I just finished this volume and began the second in this trilogy. If you enjoy enjoy historical fiction, it's worth a read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pia Schwanewede | 9/28/2012

    " I had better written Books from Him. To Keep me interested in the Book and Persons. But after almost a half book I but it back on the shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 molly mundt | 5/8/2012

    " a classic ken follett (pillars of the earth) book. lots of characters across a really amazing period of history (WW1 to WW2) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Necaise | 3/30/2012

    " Although I normally enjoy WWI literature and study, I found some of the detailed military doe specifications distracting from the character narratives. I know it was probably an intended narrative structure, but as soon as I was engaged in a narrative, setting and narrator would switch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/16/2012

    " A 20th century Pillars of the Earth. Engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen Prudhomme | 1/24/2012

    " Very good and great reminder of history. Could not give 5 stars because it did get a bit tedious, but mostly quite emjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jane | 1/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book but it was 150 pages too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 12/28/2011

    " I found this to be overall enjoyable. I did get a bit weighed down with the historical parts but the author has a good ability to breathe life into the " -facts" I have a greater appreciation for world war one and some of its causes and outcomes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eduardo Rocha | 9/22/2011

    " Really good novel. The history background is very well explained and developed. The mix of fiction/non-fiction characters is explendid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 8/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. The last 1/3 dragged on a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/7/2011

    " Good read. Although very long, it was a great combination of the history of WWI and intertwined stories. I am looking forward to reading the sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Butler | 6/21/2011

    " A very good book. Not the traditional WW1 book, this focuses more on the political side which was very interesting. Plenty of character led drama too, a real saga. Can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnna | 5/27/2011

    " Really kept my attention, considering what a hefty length it is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/24/2011

    " An excellent book and look into the era of World War I. Looking forward to the next generation's tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/19/2011

    " I'm now desperately waiting for the remaining two books. Definitely one of my favourite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/19/2011

    " I learned so much about the beginnings and reasons for WWI and the beginnings of the Soviet Union
    . A really good historical novel!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/17/2011

    " An incredible story with complex characters! I love the way the author creates ways for the seemingly unrelated characters to cross paths and for their stories to intertwine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/17/2011

    " It's great - very Pillars of the Earth/World Without End, but with a major emphasis on war and politics, instead of architecture and religion. Gets pretty intense, so had to take a few breaks from it for a day or two, but really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next two of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jkesser | 5/17/2011

    " facinating to watch the country powers/leaders and what probably lead to the first world war, mixed in with personal relationships affected by the years of war. Long read but so worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 5/17/2011

    " i love historical fiction and this was one of the best fascinating and an excellent read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/16/2011

    " As always, Ken does a fantastic job with character development. I loved how everything tied together. The best historical fiction writer by far. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Follett

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World without End, a national and international bestseller. His magnificent historical epic, the Century trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants.

About the Narrator

Dan Stevens is internationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.