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A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution.

In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, FALL OF GIANTS moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, 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.

©2010 Ken Follett (P)2010 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Ales Kalina
  • 21-12-2010

Great story, perfect narrating

I listen to it when driving and walking and I did not want to stop driving and walking. John Lee is super!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16-04-2019

Anfangs etwas verwirrend

Anfang etwas verwirrend, da viele Charakteren vorkommen die alle an einem anderen Ort spielen. Ansonsten sehr spannend.

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  • Emilia
  • 07-03-2015

Brilliant!

What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

Surprising, even thought we kind of know the destination it give us pure pleasure from the start to the end. And Dan Stevens is more than qualified to lead us through this audio journey. Brilliantly read with ambitious story.

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  • Brodie
  • 21-05-2011

Seamless

Bringing a disperate groups of characters together in a historiical environment and making them intertwine is a true art. Almost ***** but for the read; getting an English accent right is something only the English can really do.

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  • Steven
  • 15-10-2010

not bad at all

over all, I thought this was a pretty good book. Some of the historical detail may bore some readers (if some of the reviews on amazon are anything to go by) but I found them fascinating and, you'll learn a lot reading this book. all Folletts usual plot devices are here, love, loss betrail and separation. my only sadness about the book is how abridged it is. its nearly 13 hours long but probably only captures a third of the text. this is really apparent at some points where the abridgement seems to be very clunky and charictors jump whole continents (e.g. from Cardiff to New York) with little or no explanation of how they got there... I doubt the master story teller Follett would have made this mistake.

so, to sum up, a good book but suffers for its abridgement and I hope audible will get an unabridged version some day.

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  • Jennifer White
  • 20-02-2011

Fall of Giants

I was very disappointed that this was abridged. The best bits of the book were left out.

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  • rossi46
  • 18-02-2011

MEEK GIANT

Enjoyable, but not as good as the 'Pillars' trilogy so far. A good listen, well read but thought it lacked bite. Not the blockbuster I was hoping for. Characters and plot predictable.
I would like to think it the next two books are less easy to foretell and the 'Giant' awakens.

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  • Joyce
  • 26-11-2010

Fall Of Giants

This is obviously a good book, like all Ken Follet's work. I feel that with the extended historical saga he has found his metier. Like another reviewer I have to comment on the abridgement however. I was left wondering if I'd somehow missed a volume. All the scene setting had been done; all the characters had been introduced; the table was laid for the feast, but in the end the meal failed to satisfy. 'Please sir, can I have some more?'
I mustn't close without a comment on Dan Stevens narration, which was really excellent - his range of voices, accents, intonation and expression was extremely impressive and I will look out for his name when choosing other titles.

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  • Eltorian
  • 07-05-2020

excellent book and narration

Enjoy learning about a complex history. I much prefer this narration to the unabridged version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2019

nice

This is some good shit right here. I enjoyed it, thank you very much sir

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  • Kev B
  • 13-04-2013

Wonderful story and history lesson

This is now one of my favourite books. It is impressive how such a well told and well read story can be constructed around a historry lesson. It is a captivating listen that I will defunitely listen to again.

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  • G. C. Ellison
  • 09-04-2013

Great read!

Great riveting read; an interesting array of characters and account of a period of history!

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  • Lesley
  • 06-07-2011

Ken Follett - Fall of Giants

Once again, Ken Follett has not disappointed!! This is an amazing story and well worth taking the time to listen to it - thanks.

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  • Diane Bembrick
  • 15-12-2010

Fall of Giants

Very enjoyable.

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