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3.99997918243755 out of 53.99997918243755 out of 53.99997918243755 out of 53.99997918243755 out of 53.99997918243755 out of 5 4.00 (15,852 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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781101579329
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margot Peter | 1/18/2014

    " Loved this one even more than the first one. WW 2 buildup and denouement were handled superbly..could not put I down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Medis | 1/12/2014

    " I loved that it started exactly where the first book ended but the first was much better. The history is the best part of both of these books and I felt that the first book informed me better than this, I will finish the trilogy when the next book comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/10/2014

    " liked the first one better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Riley | 1/9/2014

    " I genrally have liked Ken Folliet all of my life, but this book left me flat. I was looking for more reference to the historical events. I flet the story fo the characters living through World War 2 was entirely too " glossed over". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/6/2014

    " OK, now I can take my life back from Ken Follett - I've read negative reviews and fawning reviews, and mine falls somewhere in the middle. As much of an achievement as it is to finish one if these monstrosities, let alone two in a row, it's an incredible achievement to match history with a page turning plot, creating a cast of characters I hate to leave and can't wait to see again in 2014. So what if some sentences are a bit clunky - the ratio to 940 pages is smaller than most. Panoramic history and complex plot - yum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Sager | 1/6/2014

    " Nice follow up on the first book in the series. Looking forward to the release of the final book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 12/30/2013

    " Not as good as the first one, but still pretty captivating. Makes me wish I knew anything about politics. Could do with less sex, though. And does everything have to be about breasts? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Boyk | 12/10/2013

    " This and the first in the trilogy she be required reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Crowther | 11/30/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed but perhaps not just as much as the first. However, it still deserves 4 stars! Can't wait until 2014 for the 3rd in the trilogy "the Edge of Eternity"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Osden | 11/29/2013

    " Cant for the next book ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Connell | 11/28/2013

    " another masterpiece by Follet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/14/2013

    " For those who enjoy historical fiction, this is simply among the best. Follett reminds me a great deal of Herman Wouk, but his scope seems much broader. 940 pages of reading ecstasy and I'm very sad to know I'm finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Watson | 10/2/2013

    " can not wait for no. three!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Marcial | 10/1/2013

    " Great job of intertwining history in story, although characters not as interesting or as developed as characters in Fall of Giants. Mr. Follett's political references/preferences shallow and detracted from story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Stevens | 2/17/2013

    " The book was OK. Written the same way as the first book. I will probably read the third one just to see how the series ends. Once again, too much descriptive sex for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathyr | 1/27/2013

    " Can't wait for the 3rd book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregg Burch | 10/8/2012

    " I greatly enjoyed this follow up to Fall of Giants. Can't wait for the third installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Muldoon | 10/7/2012

    " Each time I read a Follett book I feel a little bit smarter. He is able to recreate the history from the common man's perspective. Can't wait for the final book to come out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anand | 9/14/2012

    " Superb representation of the pre war and post war Europe. Never a dull moment reading the book. "

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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

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.