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  • Edge of Eternity

  • Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • De : Ken Follett
  • Lu par : John Lee
  • Durée : 36 h et 51 min
  • 4,8 out of 5 stars (57 notations)

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Edge of Eternity

De : Ken Follett
Lu par : John Lee
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    Description

    The epic final volume in the Century Trilogy.

    As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War.

    When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

    In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together.

    Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.

    From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of '60s London, Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.

    ©2014 Ken Follett (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

    Commentaires

    "The true historical events are probably the most exciting bits to read, because Follett always gives his puppet eye-witnesses an excellent vantage point from which to recount them." ( Private Eye)

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    A glorious end - A fantastic trilogy

    Reliving the entire 20th century and its major historic events alongside endearing characters and their offspring is made possible without the dullness of school history books. I highly recommend this trilogy.

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    Excellent narration

    John Lee provides excellent narration, facilitating the listener's navigation amongst the multitude of characters. Ken Follett takes us on an emotional rollercoaster despite our knowing where history is taking us.

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    Not the best of the trilogy but very well read.

    Some part of the book is just too long, but Follett remain one of my best author.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 22/09/2014

    A great ending to the trilogy

    If you could sum up Edge of Eternity in three words, what would they be?

    History comes alive

    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that everything is based on true events and has real characters intermixed with the fictional characters make everything real.

    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He has so many voices and accents to deal with that I had thought there was a few narrators. John Lee does a great job and his voice is historically realistic.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many moments that were front page news, are part of this story. The story is the history of the whole world but is about families and individuals.

    Any additional comments?

    I have been waiting for this third instalment for years. So far it has lived up and beyond all my expectations.

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    • Mickfin
    • 29/03/2015

    Very political

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I looked forward to this book with great anticipation. I enjoyed the story line and the characters but none hooked me and kept me caring about them as in the prior two books.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending felt rushed and as if the author was just trying to wrap up in a hurry to get on with something else.

    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee is a great narrator. He adds a depth to the story and proves quite enjoyable to listen to.

    Did Edge of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

    To look into some historical events that the author claims took place.

    Any additional comments?

    The author is blatantly biased in his political views. He dislikes Republicans and goes into detail smearing them while singing the praises of Democrats and completely overlooking any of their scandals or events. He even manages to highlight and endear John Kennedy's many affairs and callousness and turn him into a beloved and revered president. I did not enjoy this book as much as the other two but I am glad I read it to tie up the events and families. There were no stand out characters that I fell in love with or became involved with. It was just ho-hum.

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    • Global
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    • Paul
    • 23/01/2023

    Brilliant

    An amazing journey through summer of the 20th Century's defining events. Superbly researched and woven together

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    • Anonymous User
    • 10/12/2022

    Mesmerizing

    This is a fabulous tale of three generations of families throughout the major crisis of the western world, a story that had me gripped throughout and so well told and spoken.

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    • Sabs
    • 03/12/2022

    Great historical research.

    I have been growing up in West Germany in the time of the war. Our family also was split due to the wall. This fictional story brought back a lot of memories.

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    • Jon
    • 21/07/2022

    History Soap Opera

    After enjoying the first two books in the trilogy, Edge of Eternity was a disappointment. It isn't so much a story, but a history soap opera with a considerable left of centre political bent. I do continue to be amazed though at the amount of research and knowledge of places, cultures and events that would need to go into a book like this.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 15/06/2022

    A History of Communism and Freedom

    Loved it. The narrator was superb. Ken Follet writes and captures the reader. Have read so many of his books and haven't been disappointed.

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    • Kehinde
    • 21/05/2022

    A beautiful end to a century of thrill

    Absolutely love this book and the narration and like many good things it has ended but cannot expire.
    Hurray to another serving of Glasnost and Perestroika!

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    • Suzmaree12
    • 01/03/2022

    Fabulous

    I loved this book. I loved the story line, the history, the characters. Ken Follett made me feel as if I was living the history. I felt there with each character. I wish everyone would listen to this book. Is there a 4th book .. maybe!???

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 09/04/2021

    really good

    I thoroughly enjoyed this one a very fitting end. I would do it all over again.

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    • holly
    • 15/01/2015

    Zu viel von Allem

    Das Buch ist auf jeden Fall ein kurzweiliger Geschichtsunterricht – speziell in der zweiten Hälfte aber so komprimiert, dass die Geschichten der einzelnen Charaktere nur noch sehr oberflächlich und im Sauseschritt erzählt werden.

    Es ist sicher hilfreich, wenn auch Geschmackssache, wenn Sprecher allen Figuren eine eigene Stimme verleihen. Ich persönlich fand aber sehr nervtötend, dass alle russischen und deutschen Charaktere durchgehend, und zwar auch untereinander, mit entsprechendem Akzent sprechen, was 2/3 des Buches ausmacht ...

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • E
    • 04/10/2014

    Grandioser Abschluss der Jahrhundert-Trilogie!

    Wieder mal eine wunderbare Geschichtsstunde verpackt in den Mantel eines grandiosen Romans. Konnte das Hörspiel kaum pausieren, so spannend ist auch der dritte und letzte Teil der Jahrhundert-Saga.
    An alle, die die anderen beiden Bände nicht kennen: Sie sind keinesfalls Voraussetzung für das Verständnis dieses Teils, aber lohnen sich genauso.

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Sarah
    • 19/02/2019

    Favorite!

    My favorite audio book so far. John lees different accents are really nice, and the story itself is great. Read the books some years ago and loved them, now the audio books as well.

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    • Gerd Heisz
    • 13/02/2018

    Great story, nice to follow these families...

    ... throughout the 20th century. Great way to learn history. Pity though that Mr. Follet‘s (in my opinion) sometimes wrong opinions more than shine through.
    He touched so many topics but left out the scourge of the second half of the century: abortion, especially when it is so much targeting black people in the US.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 13/01/2018

    Alle drei Teile der Century Trilogy sind sehr hörenswert

    Super Sprecher! Guter hist. Rückblick! Schade, dass es keinen 4. Teil gibt! Allein schon wegen John Lee würde ich ihn kaufen!

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    • doc savage
    • 07/10/2017

    great telling of. important historical issues

    Great story for telling the naked truth about astonishing historical developments and facts, enwraped in family histories which encompass all three parts of this trilogy.

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    • holzlondon
    • 22/07/2017

    Awesome

    What can be said other than this is the most amazing conclusion to the Century Trilogy I could have imagined. Having personal and family connections in nearly every country in the narrative takes it really close to my heart. I found myself fighting back tears quite often.

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    • Cycas
    • 26/11/2016

    Wonderful

    Well, I have been there in Berlin at the F*** wall in Nov 1989 and was again deeply moved by KF's story. His description of the political and by means of the Iron Wall physical division of the world and especially Europe brings to mind a few of those tragedies that arouse from this non-humane pride of the right political concept on both sides. Thank God nothing even worse developed from it...

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    • Phoenix
    • 10/10/2016

    Erstklassig, dramatisch, emotional + Bildungswert!

    Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Edge of Eternity gefallen?

    Bei der gesamten "Century-Triology" handelt sich m.E. um das Meisterwerk von Ken Follett: Auf unglaublich spannende, beeindruckende und bewegende Weise wird die Geschichte des vergangenen Jahrhunderts mit all seinem Elend und Errungenschaften erzählt (in diesem Buch ca. 1950-2000). Geschickt verwebt Ken Follett die Ereignisse mit den persönlichen Schicksalen von 5 Familien in Deutschland, Großbritannien, Russland und den USA, sodass alles hautnah aus der Perspektive einfacher Menschen als auch politischer Entscheider vermittelt wird. Etwa alle 30-40 Minuten gibt es einen emotionalen und dramatischen Höhepunkt, der einem nicht selten die Tränen in die Augen treibt. Die Triologie vermittelt so hervorragend die Grundlagen unserer jüngeren Geschichte und die Entwicklung unseres Moral- und Wertesystems und ist daher neben erstklassiger Unterhaltung auch eine exzellente Auffrischung wichtiger Allgemeinbildung, die im Schulunterricht meist viel zu trocken behandelt wurde und bei vielen daher zu schnell in Vergessenheit geraten sein dürfte!

    Wie hat Ihnen John Lee als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

    John Lee gehört wohl zu den besten englischsprachigen Vorlesern. Seine klare, deutliche und äußerst wohlklingende Stimme ist immer wieder ein Genuss. Bei diesem Werk läuft aber aber geradezu zur Höchstform auf, wenn er verschiedene englische Dialekte (Englisch, Walisisch, Amerikanisch, Cockney, ...) und internationale Dialekte (russisch, deutsch, französisch etc.) performt. Durch Ken Folletts gut verständlichen Schreibstil und John Lees klare Aussprache ist es auch für Nicht-Muttersprachler absolut hörenswert und verständlich!

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    • plavalka
    • 17/09/2016

    sehr guter Sprecher, spannende Geschichte,

    ich habe mir Hörbuch zur Verbesserungen meines Hörverstehens gekauft und gerne bis zur Ende ausgehalten.