Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy

Written by:
Ken Follett
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2010
30 hours 41 minutes
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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Sandra H.

Excellent book with great historical references and settings. Very well read as well. Just sit back and enjoy!

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Enjoyed the mixture of history and fiction.

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Great read

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Joseph Cushman

Being a true Ken Follett fan, I was in no way disappointed. His pen continues to keep history alive.

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Susan S.

very engaging

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Jaclyn L.

Love Ken Follett and the way he weaves fictional characters with historical events. The story and characters are deep. The narrator is FANTASTIC! Looking forward to book #2.

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Penni B.

Absolutely riveting. Wonderful book, superbly read. The narrator has an amazing command of accents and voices, and pulled me into the story in the first few minutes. My understanding of WW1 and the Russian Revolution was deeply enriched, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it (and immediately purchased book 2 in the series!)

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Lorie R.

John Lee does such an amazing way of bringing the characters to life. Just started book two+

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Perry C.

Another excellent work of Ken Follett. The history of the probable causes of WWI, the discrimination of classes, the well developed characters all coming together to provide a thoughtful and entertaining listen. WELL DONE!!!

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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!!!

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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.

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adrienne Osbourne

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

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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.

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stephen brownfield

Another great book by Ken Follett, with excellent narration ,

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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.

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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!

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