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  • Winter of the World

  • Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • Written by: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Winter of the World

Written by: Ken Follett
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Publisher's Summary

Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett's uniquely ambitious Century trilogy. On its own or consumed in sequence with Fall of Giants and Edge of Eternity, this is a spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

A Battle of Ideals

It is 1933 and, at Cambridge, Lloyd Williams is drawn to irresistible socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything that his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert, a leader in the British Union of Fascists.

An Evil Uprising

Berlin is in turmoil. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Many are resolved to oppose Hitler’s brutal regime – but are they willing to betray their country?

A Global Conflict on a Scale Never Seen Before

Shaken by the tyranny and the prospect of war, the lives of five families become ever more enmeshed. As an international clash of military power and personal beliefs sweeps the world, what will this new war mean for those who must live through it?

©2012 Ken Follett (P)2012 Penguin US/Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"This book is peopled by excellent characters, both lovable and detestable, and I , along with millions of other Follett fans I’m sure – can’t wait for the third instalment of his Century trilogy to appear." (Shropshire Star)

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Absolutely wonderful narration

This perhaps is one of the heartbreaking series I will ever read. It was a first hand experience into the lives of people who lived through horrors of the World War Two. I admire how the author made this story feel so authentic with these fictional characters. Adding in the true events at the exact order made it feel like I was living through the war period. I can't wait to know how, if any, for a peaceful world to emerge from the shambles of the brutal war.

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one of the best World War fictional narratives

Loved the storyline, though the details were a bit gory at times. expanded my knowledge about the time period between WW1 and WW2 and the political environment during those chaotic times

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