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Description

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it ranges from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.

At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover, and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.

Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett’s uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy The Century. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin US/Macmillan Digital Audio

Critiques

"This book is peopled by excellent characters, both lovable and detestable, and I , along with millions of other Follett fans I’m sure – can’t wait for the third instalment of his Century trilogy to appear." (Shropshire Star)

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Notations

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Montage

Prenant et très bien lu. Attention cependant certains passages ont été coupés ou bien l'enregistrement saute à plusieurs reprises, notamment au cours de la dernière scène.
En ce qui concerne la structure, on navigue de façon incroyablement fluide entre les années et les personnages que tout séparé et qui sont pourtant si liés. Merci !

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  • Mark
  • 04/11/2012

Another rip-snorter from Ken Follett

I read Ken Follett's two mediaeval England books and they were riveting. Tremendous stories that kept me transfixed throughout. Next I read his World War I book and I have just finished listening to 'Winter of the World', the second book of this 20th century trilogy - the story of World War II.

Like the above-mentioned three books, this was a good entertaining story and very enjoyable. The only trouble is that Follett has to manufacture the plot so that every major character from his two basic families (Russian and Welsh) appears at key moments in the war and intervenes to change the whole course of the conflict: inventing the atom bomb, stopping Hitler from systematically killing disabled people, forming the united nations, passing the Nazi invasion plans to the Russians etc, etc.

Unfortunately, this stretches the credulity of the listener and it is always in the back of your mind that two families couldn't have had such an impact. This wasn't a problem with the mediaeval novels, because they were based in a small country with a small population , so it wasn't as far-fetched that the key characters could have such an influence on major historical events.

As for the narrator, he was generally pretty good, but he struggled a bit with some of the accents. At one point I wasn't sure if his Welshman was a Geordie or an Indian!

These were the only blemishes on what was otherwise a great listen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • C. Kuschel-Toerber
  • 08/01/2013

Not as good as Herman Wouk's WW2 novels

Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The first novel in the series, "Fall of Giants" was a bit better, in my opinion, and compared to Herman Wouk's epic novel "The Winds of War", Ken Follett's book could have gone a lot deeper.Having just listened to Herman Wouk's World War II novels (very similar approach with fictional characters and real contemporaries mixed), Ken Follett's book just falls short.

Nevertheless, it's a very good effort to bring the horrors of war closer to today's audience.

What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

See above - "The Winds of War" by Herman Wouk.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Solid, reliable performance.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • lloyd
  • 25/01/2013

ALONZO

A book easily read, my first Kollett book. I will certainly read others. The characters, as well as the times are well drawn.. Whilst I generally thought the book met all criteria as far as entertainment went, I felt there were times that it dragged perhaps it is to long and at times a little to much detail. Was I pleased to have bought it?, certainly, would I recommend purchase? very much so.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anne
  • 03/10/2012

Listen and learn

I really looked forward to this book. I'm not disappointed.

I must say that the most annoying thing about this audio book is that I personally really didn't enjoy the fact that John Lee makes voices - especially because it means that large parts of it is spoken in a German accent - sort of. I much prefer the reader to just READ the book aloud. I really think making voices are not suitable for a book for adults.

But I do see that other reviewers like it so I guess it's just a matter of preference.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Alan
  • 11/03/2013

History with a good story

I have always enjoyed Ken Follett and he didn't let me down with this book. He once more had me confused for a while with keeping up with the different characters as he zig zagged round the world, but then all of a sudden everything fell into place... great historical story teller...

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Paco
  • 26/03/2018

Brilliantly needled-out!

In this book, Follet proves creative and intelligent ways to extend, combine, spread-out and integrate a diversos mis of characters’ personal story with our 20th century terrible events. He has the capability to extract positive messages and human kind learnings in a way that brings collective consciousness

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18/12/2017

Great Book and narration

The Lee's narration enrich thus great book. Highly recommend it for people to like historical books.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 30/11/2017

Excellent

Great story and the narrator is incredible! I highly recommend this to Ken Follett fans!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • frank
  • 27/02/2017

As expected

Powerful story.... edit perfectly with the first book. can't wait for the last book in the trilogy. This is my first book with John Lee as narrator but I have to say that he was brilliant. one could think that the book was being narrated by two or more persons.

  • Global
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  • Luccia Gray
  • 31/12/2016

Fabulous

A brutal and honest fictional account of WWII. Should be compulsory reading. Let's not forget what happened in order to be alert and compassionate. Never again. Ken Follett did indeed show us the horrors and the goodness wars bring. Can't wait to read book 3.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14/05/2018

Loved it!!

The 3 books of the trilogy are my favorite, read them first and now, some years later, listened to the audio books - both great!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • holzlondon
  • 22/07/2017

Brilliant

The middle book of the Century Trilogy leaves you simply wanting more. After finishing I just went straight on to the next book. Spellbinding is the only way to describe it. Insightful and gripping.

  • Global
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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 17/05/2017

Toll

Sehr gute Geschichte, hat mich viel mehr gefesselt als Teil 1! Und der Sprecher John Lee ist grandios, ich musste zwar manchmal über die Aussprache der deutschen Wörter und Namen schmunzeln aber der Rest war wirklich klasse! Kann ich nur empfehlen!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • shammer
  • 27/10/2016

fantastic

absolutely amazing audio book..a dramatic story weaving together history, romance and ethics in beautiful words !! very well read !

  • Global
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  • Cycas
  • 24/10/2016

High quality Mk.2

Eine wunderbare Fortsetzung des ersten Teils; wie zuvor detailversessen und vorurteilsfrei. Hervorragend vorgelesen und sehr gut verständlich!

  • Global
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  • Edith Hu
  • 12/01/2015

Grandioser Blick auf unsere jüngste Vergangenheit

Ich wollte mein Englisch verbessern und traute mich an den zweiten Teil der Saga von Ken Follett. Es war toll, dank der angenehmen Stimme floss die Geschichte mein Ohr.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Heidrun M.
  • 30/09/2012

Geschichte hält nicht, was sie verspricht

Wenn das Buch nicht auf Englisch und nicht von John Lee gelesen worden wäre, würde ich nur 2 Sterne vergeben. John Lee trägt diese Geschichte in Englisch sehr gut verständlich vor. Ken Follets Schreibstil ist auch nicht so umfangreich im Wortschatz, dass man hier groß auf Vokabellücken stößt. Hier reicht also auch das Schulenglisch, um die Handlung gut mitzuverfolgen. John Lee erhält von mit 5 Sterne.

Sturz der Titanen fand ich wirklich packend und habe es bis zum Ende verschlungen. Der Spannungsbogen hat gestimmt, die Handlung war stimmig.

Hier im zweiten Teil ist alles so vorhersehbar (alle bekannten Kriegssituationen wie z.B. Pearl Harbor, Stalingrad, Bau der Atombombe, Umgang der NAZIS mit Behinderten ...). Sobald ein Kriegsschauplatz genannt wird, weiß man eigentlich aus dem Geschichtsunterricht, wie es weitergehen wird. Mir gefallen auch nicht diese "Zufälle": Die Hauptpersonen sind zur "richtigen" Zeit am entsprechenden Ort, damit wichtige Kriegsereignisse in die Geschichte mit eingeflochten werden können. Oder wie der Zufall es will, wird ein behindertes Kind geboren ...

Ich habe hier fast den Eindruck, als ob sich Ken Follett ein Geschichtsbuch auf den Schreibtisch gelegt hat und darum seine Geschichte konstruiert hat.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Peter
  • 17/12/2012

Ein Buch, um Geschichte nicht zu vergessen!

Im Gegensatz zu meiner Vorrednerin gebe ich auch Ken Follett 4 Punkte (John Lee bekäme von mir 5 Punkte). Der fehlende 5. Punkt ist der unrühmlichen Vorlage zu diesem Buch geschuldet. Selbst mir - als 60+jährigem - sind einige geschichtliche Zusammenhänge wieder präsenter geworden.
Für die Generationen nach meiner ist es eine hervorragende Gelegenheit, sich in die furchtbare Geschichte unserer Väter und Vorväter hineinzufühlen. Dies gilt nicht nur für die deutschen Nachkommen, sondern für die Nachkommen aller am WW II beteiligten.

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