Winter of the World

Winter of the World

Audiobook CD - 2012
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This novel picks up right where the first book 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Penguin Group USA,, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611761177
1611761174
Branch Call Number: FIC Folle
Characteristics: 25 audio discs (31.5 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in
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audio file,CD audio,rda
Additional Contributors: Lee, John Rafter (narrator)

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LovieBooker
Mar 20, 2017

I've been reading Ken Follett since "Eye of the Needle." While "Fall of Giants" kept me eagerly burning the midnight oil in page-turning delight, this one had much that came across as filler in an attempt to match the epic 985 pages of "Fall of Giants," rather than add to the storyline. And, purposely writing his characters into historical fact seemed contrived and a little self-indulgent. Having said that, it is Ken Follett, so perhaps he's entitled. And, someone less knowledgeable about World War II might not even notice. As it is, it will take me a while to build up the interest to tackle the final installment of the trilogy. But, you can bet that is exactly what I'll do. Because, it is Ken Follett.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

I can't wait to start the third one. There is a rare sophistication to Ken Follett's Century Trilogy that draws you in and gently rolls you through the lives of generation after generation of dynamic and varied characters during a shocking part of our recent past. Historical fiction doesn't get better than this.

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missm113
May 06, 2016

Simply amazing.

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Kordoll
Oct 13, 2014

This book 2 of the series is just as good as book 1. This series is incredible. I have learned so much about the World Wars, politics in the 1900's, and culture through this wonderful story and rich cast of characters. I can't imagine learning more history in a more enjoyable way than this series. Truly amazing.

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