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Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

54 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

Well Worth Twenty Dollars

These imbeciles who do book reviews based on COST should put a sock in it and go to the library. If you can't afford to buy a book, don't complain and post a bad review when readers are looking for reviews about the CONTENT of the book. Most, if not all people who rea...
These imbeciles who do book reviews based on COST should put a sock in it and go to the library. If you can't afford to buy a book, don't complain and post a bad review when readers are looking for reviews about the CONTENT of the book. Most, if not all people who read book reviews are not interested in your sob stories about how you should get all your eBooks for free because you feel entitled. I'm sure you don't think twice about spending twenty bucks on junk at your local Walmart.

Second book in trilogy is as good as or even better than the first. Can't put it down, except for when I have to work. Ken Follett is a master at creating characters that are so colorful and fascinating that I wish I could step into the book and meet them. The amount of historical research that Follett had to do is amazing. Maybe he should do all of that research and writing for free...

posted by 4645656 on September 27, 2012

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43 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

Like Slogging Through a Russian Winter

Good Lord--what happened?! "Fall of Giants," the first book in the proposed trilogy, is a wonderful, "grab you" read. It was like the best comfort food on a dreary day, and I read it in one long sitting. Waiting for this, I was terribly excited...and and utterly crush...
Good Lord--what happened?! "Fall of Giants," the first book in the proposed trilogy, is a wonderful, "grab you" read. It was like the best comfort food on a dreary day, and I read it in one long sitting. Waiting for this, I was terribly excited...and and utterly crushed to find this next volume largely unreadable. It's a huge disappointment.

***WAY too many characters, WAY too many plotlines and little to no in depth characterization--there's no time! Therefore, it becomes not only difficult to keep track of who they are, where they are--but to care about them. That was not a problem in "Giants," but here? This rambles to the point where, at times, I found myself skimming. With the exception of Lloyd and Robert (who, unless I missed it, just disappears in the first 150 pages and is never mentioned again)--the rest? Uh--whatever. "Pillars of the Earth" also proved Follett can masterfully handle a large scope...but this does not work.

***Tries too hard to be too many places; there seems to be a need to have ALL the characters in history's hot spots: Berlin, Pearl Harbor, Midway, the Solomon Islands, meeting Hitler, being in Parliament, seeing Churchill, rescuing Blitz victims--it's too much and begins to read as too contrived. (Long lost and now estranged brothers suddenly finding each other as one is dying in a RAF battle...come on)

***Ponderous pace and writing; while "Giants" moves swiftly, getting us involved in the characters' plights, this is wooden. At times, the prose is mechanical, leaden--no elegance or grace. Minute battle details that lose attention quickly--then areas brushed over that would probably grab our attention.

If half the characters, half the scope and half the length were cut--we'd still have a 500 page novel--and a gripping, intriguing read. This is mind boggling and pretty much tells me that even if part three takes another two years...no matter. I won't be reading it. Oh--so disappointed.

posted by irishclaireKG on September 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A Good Read

    This second installment in The Century Trilogy was as good a read as the first book. The story line interweaves the lives of characters in different countries as they are affected by the events leading to WWII. This is very interestng because many of the characters are acquainted from their youth or are related in some way.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    This is an enjoyable follow up to Fall of Giants. It's a bit lik

    This is an enjoyable follow up to Fall of Giants. It's a bit like an easier to read version of "War and Peace."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Good

    Little long and with too many casualities but it's an historic NOVEL not a true story, I woulg higly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    A great read!

    What a great saga. This book captivates you immediately. Rich in history and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Interesting and compelling

    A typical read from Ken Follett - tons of characters that are sewn into historical events seamlessly. If you like historical fiction, as I do, this is an interesting read. I like how one learns history by reading the stories of "real" people. The story never bored me, I kept wanting to see what would happen with each of the characters. I like how each character gets time to explore his or her history and motivations. I also really like how the character's stories are part of what is happening in history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Great story.....and can't for the book #3!

    Loved this book, more than the first, and now I can't wait for book #3.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    I loved Fall of Giants. This installment is not nearly as captiv

    I loved Fall of Giants. This installment is not nearly as captivating, but still good. Now for the long wait until the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Follett does it again!

    Winter of the World is another success for Ken Follett. I really enjoy historical fiction and he's got it pegged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Good - not great

    What is it about the middle book in his trilogies? Very good read but does not blow you away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Well researched.

    A long read but a good one! Just as good as the first one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Not as good as the first volume, but still worth reading!

    Ken Follett has written so many wonderful books set during World War II, in which he went into quite a bit of specific detail, that it is perhaps to be expected that a book intended to cover the entire war has to be more of an overview -- there just isn't room in 900+ pages to get very detailed about very many aspects of a war that took place on multiple continents, involving so many nations. Still, that made it a bit of a disappointment for me, because I always learn so much from his books, while also getting caught up in the lives of the fictional characters. Still well worth the wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    An entertaining sequel...

    Ken Follett is a superb story teller -- no doubt about it. Winter of the World is a worthy #2 in the series, and I will eagerly anticipate the final installment. But no one can be at the top all the time, and I don't think he will ever surpass Pillars of the Earth. He weaves fascinating tales of families well, and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. A worthy read, but not his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    I can hardly put the book down. I have only read a few chapters but I can tell that it is going to be just as good if not better than Fall of the Giants. Great writing. Great characterizations. Vivid descriptions.

    I read Pillars of the Earth twice! I highly recommend that too. I have yet to be disappointed by Ken Follet.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Recommended

    It is every bit as interesting as the previous book. Always interesting to follow up on the next generation and how the world has changed and maybe NOT changed. Haven't finished it yet but always anxious to get back to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Very Enjoyable

    I believe I liked this book better then the Fall Of Giants. Could not put it down. Then, was sorry to see it end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Liked it

    Can't wait for the third part . I am 91 sio it brought back a lot of memories of the forties. And fiftys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    good read

    Good book .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Even better than the original

    On my top ten favorite books of all time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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