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Edge of Eternity

Century Trilogy, Book 3
Lu par : John Lee
Série : Century Trilogy, Volume 3
Durée : 36 h et 51 min
5 out of 5 stars (42 notations)

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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

Critiques

"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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Global

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Interprétation

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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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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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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
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jeremy N - South Africa
  • 18/01/2020

Best, most informative, enjoyable book ever!!

Having grown up during much of the period covered by the second and third volumes of this book, I thought I was reasonably well informed about the period. Well - I was wrong. My wife and I learned SO MUCH, and in such an enjoyable and engaging way. We were astounded at the "stories behind the story" - and were very sad when our learning experience came to an end. We only hope that Mr Follett is working on his next trilogy and that Mr Lee will read it for us. A MUST NOT MISS LISTENING EXPERIENCE!!!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Louis
  • 14/04/2019

Brilliant, and great value for one credit

This whole series has been terrific. Well written and well read. Had me involved with the characters all the way through and helped fill the in gaps in my knowledge of many events that took place in my lifetime.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mr.Nicolas.C.Stubbs
  • 29/03/2019

Edge of Eternity

The trilogy has been entirely riveting. There has always been something to look forward to at the end of the day.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Sandy
  • 16/03/2019

Wonderful

What an incredible saga! I learned so much and connected so many dots and loved every second of this trilogy. Thank you Mr. Follett. And Mr. Lee for the remarkable reading.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Frank N
  • 09/07/2018

superb

It was everything I imagined it would be. A superb and perfect end to the trilogy

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Carlos
  • 23/03/2016

good but downhill from the first one.

What made the experience of listening to Edge of Eternity the most enjoyable?

As part of the century trilogy the book continues to put the main characters in the midst of the most important events on the XX century, however the tone and the characters themselves are less alluring than the characters from book 1 or even book 2.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Hearing the context for Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech was awesome, I really enjoyed that part.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

John Lee gives an amazing performance, be on the lookout for this and other works by him, his female characters are good enough but Fitz in his old age is amazing.

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

There are several, this is a must read book if you initiated the trilogy and it's a good enough standalone book.

Any additional comments?

It is somewhat sad to see beloved characters pass away from old age, the book could have been more emotional on those parts.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Greg Evans
  • 21/04/2015

Good story but far too long.

Good story but far too long as I found it was rambling at times. Looking forward to the next book though.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Brendan
  • 20/04/2015

This should be recommended reading for everyone.

This book is probably one of the best ways to study history. Ken Follet has masterfully painted history through the fictitious story of a few families from around the world. I found myself in tears many times throughout the book, especially in the end.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Global
    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.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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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!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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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.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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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.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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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...

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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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!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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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.