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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: Dan Stevens Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Trilogy Release Date:
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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!


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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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