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Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

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Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2012

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants with a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as “sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks” (USA Today) and “grippingly told and readable to the end” (The New York Times Book Review). “If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants,” said The Washington Post, “they should be well worth waiting for.”

Winter of the World 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.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

12 CDs, 13 Hours
Read by John Lee


  • Julie G

    I love this series I can’t get enough of it!!!

  • Erwin D

    Excellent series. On the third book now...I will be sad to finish as I have really enjoyed these books!

  • Peter M

    Awesome story by an excellent story teller. Narration is great, really fits mood of the story. Highly recommend this book, and

  • Anonymous

    Incredible follow up to "Fall of Giants". Both my wife and I can't stop listening. Great story, characters, and writing. And you get a history lesson along the way!

  • Heidi Von Graevenitz

    I really enjoyed this book, esp the way Follett interweaves historical fact and his fictional characters. It covers a wide breadth of European

  • Anonymous

    I have loved all of Ken Follett's works and could not put them down. Winter of the World, however, caused my mind to warder and lose focus. I kept trying to give it a chance and listened to the first eight CDs but just never saw the point of the book. I love 20th century history but this held no relevance and was just plain boring, scattered and confusing. I am disappointed.

  • Lisa Zepponi

    Wonderful! A great story teller! Great historical detail interwoven in a fiction tale of several families!

  • C. Dailey

    I truly enjoyed this book. I loved how the story weaved through all the character's lives. The beginning was hard to take, but once you get through it you are hooked. I loved all the historical facts throughout. I actually learned a thing or two.

  • Laurie Sherman

    Compelling historical fiction with excellent reader!

  • Anonymous

    Heavy on Historical facts and light on relationships, so it dragged a little for me.

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