It’s audiobook month, and I must recommend Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants. I implore you, vigilant reader, do not read the written word this time, but rather listen to the thriller master’s symphony of words via audiobook.
The first novel in Follett’s ‘Century’ trilogy, Fall of Giants, which debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ hardcover fiction bestseller list in 2010, follows the destinies of five interrelated families – one American, one Russian, one German, one English and one Welsh – through the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Intense, fast-paced, rich in detail, mood, and setting, the novel traps you inside the web that these families intricately weave.
The lilt and cadence of every dialect and accent will transport you, whether to Wales, or to Buffalo, NY, or to the battlefields of Russia, or onward. This historical thriller audiobook hits you like bleach! (After falling in love with the sing-song Welsh dialect, I couldn’t help but seek out some Welsh slang: “hits you like bleach” means “stimulates your senses.”)
Hurry, because the second installment in the trilogy is due out in September. Entitled, Winter of the World , the second book thrusts Follett’s five original families and their offspring into the intense drama of the Third Reich, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the beginning of the Cold War. Again, stick with the audiobook.
A best-selling author and a true master of suspense, Ken Follett, has been cranking out mega lush thrillers for decades, like Eye of the Needle, Code to Zero, and The Pillars of the Earth (also a TV mini-series), among many others. Check out his website for a list of books, as well as excerpts and video clips. Ken Follett аффтар жжот. (Russian for “the author rules!”)
Why not check out Follett’s “Masterclass” for lessons on outlining, researching, and writing your own novel, as well as tips for publishing it. If you’ve always had an idea for your own thriller, it couldn’t hurt to be schooled by a master.
Any suggestions for favorite audiobooks? Was it the author’s words or the performance that made it so great? I’d love to hear what you think!