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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Trilogy Release Date:
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Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Winter of the World picks up right where Fall of Giants left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak … American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific … English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism … Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war—but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Follett’s real gifts are those of a natural storyteller: swift, cinematic pacing, the ability to juggle multiple narratives coherently, and an eye for the telling detail. The result…is an honorable piece of popular entertainment and a consistently compelling portrait of a world in crisis.”

    Washington Post

  • “Should come with a warning label: ‘Abandon your normal activities for a couple of days when you crack this one open, because you’re likely to get hooked like a Copper River salmon.’”

    Seattle Times

  • “Riveting…Follett is a master craftsman. He fills his pages with fascinating characters and then uses the great events of this time to make an exciting plot. He succeeds in every way possible.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants…Rife with plotlines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical flourishes, and an authentic and compelling cast, this is a dynamic tale of characters struggling to survive during one of the world’s darkest periods…Will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy’s crowning capstone.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “John Lee’s narration enhances the complex plot with an impressive assortment of European accents…[This] grandly scaled epic is enriched by a superb narration.”


  • “A tale of heroes and heroic acts. In the hands of a less adroit storyteller, it would be hackneyed, but Follett moves his…figures through interesting situations and draws the reader in to care what happens to them.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Follett never lets the action lag as he adeptly ties together all the sweeping economic, cultural, political, and social transformations of the entire era.”


  • “Follett’s storytelling is unobtrusive and workmanlike, and he spins a reasonable and readable yarn that embraces dozens of characters and plenty of Big Picture history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Notable Book
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, September2012
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie Strong | 2/16/2014

    " Follet does such an amazing job with character development. I feel like I miss the characters now that I've finished the book. He clearly does not have a favorable opinion of the Russians but other than that I felt like all sides of WWII were well represented. Thoroughly enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandylamberton | 2/13/2014

    " 2nd in trilogy. Picks up after ww1 and ends after ww2, many of the same characters as book 1 and offspring of many of the previous characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey Taylor | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting story lines and characters. Follett gives us a 2,000 foot over view of his characters and reminds us that life was being lived while history was going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Schwoebel | 1/22/2014

    " Hate that I have to wait another year for the sequel. "

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