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Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

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Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2010

Duration: 30 hours 41 minutes

Summary:

Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. 

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. . . . A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution. 

From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . . 

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  • Devin D

    I can listen to the century trilogy over and over it never gets old.

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  • KC R.

    Really enjoyed the abridged version! Rich with history, totally kept my attention while driving, and the narrator was excellent. I'll definitely be checking out the unabridged version next time I want to listen to this series.

  • Sara M

    What a wonderful audio book! I enjoyed absolutely everything about this story. I felt as though I learned so much while being captivated by the heart of these characters. The narrative was some of the best I've ever heard. His talent with accents is unmatched. Please give this book a try!!!

  • Kevin A

    Ken Follett is an excellent author of historical fiction. His research is thorough and his story telling is mesmerizing and addictive. The narrator of this book is filled with talent. I really enjoyed his style. He is a great talent and is a pleasure to listen to.

  • adrienne Osbourne

    Excellent book. The narrator does a fabulous job! It is well worth your time!

  • Joseph Adams

    Excellent! I rarely read historical novels, but was enthralled by the rich historical tapestry woven by the intertwined perspectives of characters in France, UK, Russia, Germany and US, prior, during and after WWI. Fascinating, captivating, will continue with remainder of trilogy.

  • stephen brownfield

    Another great book by Ken Follett, with excellent narration ,

  • Keith Shroyer

    Huge fan of the book and the series as a whole. Gone through them several times now and still find them very enjoyable. I appreciate the author's style and he does an excellent job of conveying the feeling and sentiment of the events. I feel the narrator did about as good of a job as anyone person can be expected to do trying to portray more than a dozen different characters with any sense of variation. Overall a very enjoyable piece and I highly recommend it.

  • Sanjay Singhal (credit 2.0)

    Slightly slow to start, but within a couple of chapters the Follet Magic kicked in and gripped me the rest of the way through!

  • Anonymous

    I love historical fiction, however I like plots to be interestingly unpredictable (like life) and relatively clean. This book was neither. All the key characters are amazingly handsome/beautiful and god-like and the rich lord predictably falls for the housemaid, etc, etc. Ho Hum. Also there were interspersed sex scenes which became increasingly graphic, not what I am looking for in a good read at all.