Edge of Eternity : Century Trilogy

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Century Trilogy
  • 36 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Edge of Eternity is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett's extraordinary historical epic, The Century Trilogy.
Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy's Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own. Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he'd imagined. Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw - and into history.
As always with Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again.

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EXTREMELY Disappointing

I loved the first two installments of this series and could not wait for the final chapter to be released. I pre-ordered the Edge of Eternity and dove in on the day it was released. The first two books made you deeply connected to a fantastic cast of characters and provided a history lesson wrapped in a captivating set of story lines.

Edge of Eternity unfortunately goes off the rails because of a clear and frustrating political bias. The agenda is so transparent and angry that it not only makes the book difficult to listen to at times but the anti-republican bias leads to a disjointed read. The author goes so far out of his way to take shots at conservatives and ignore any possible positives stemming from the actions of players like GW Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon that the book ignores relevant events. I don't enjoy overt bias from Republicans or Democrats. I feel that it takes away from the experience and, in my opinion, it all but destroys this book and spoils the series. I gave the first two books five stars. This installment will get one star from me.

As an example, the Berlin Wall plays a prominent part in the book but never once does the book mention Reagan's demand that Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall. As a matter of fact, as you read you will learn that not only did Reagan and Bush have nothing to do with the fall of communism (according to Follett's book it was the media and liberals in the US but the real hero was Gorbachev) but they had to be stage managed in order not to destroy the world and it is in spite of them and their foolishness that the iron curtain came down.

You will also hear Reagan referred to as a mass murderer several times while middle eastern terrorists are painted as reluctant men simply retaliating for American atrocities. Nixon at least is portrayed as a fumbling criminal (not completely untrue) but Reagan receives much harsher treatment.

The book has other flaws. The majority of the characters are rich and famous. Those that aren't rich and famous are powerful players on the international political scene. It reaches a point where you simply cannot suspend disbelief. The only characters that do not end up super successful are those with a conservative bent. They are miserable, bitter, petty and even evil. Every Vietnam era soldier written about is a criminal the commits rape and murder while the courageous actress who poses on a enemy tank is penned as a heroic figure.

It's all just a bit much. I don't bother reading books that vilify liberals and I dearly wish this book didn't go out the way to make devils of all conservatives. John Lee does a brilliant job as always. I gave him five stars. Sorry if this turned into a rant but I am deeply disappointed by a book I looked forward to for so long.
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- Scott "Scott P"

Edge of Reality

Edge of Reality vs. Edge of Eternity

I am saddened to say that Mr. Follett has let his leftism ideology overwhelm his work. It’s not the Edge of Eternity it’s more like the edge of reality.
Mr. Follett’s previous book Pillars of the Earth was a wonderful book, with compelling characters against a backdrop of English history. The sequel World Without End was not bad. I mention these two books as it was due to these two books, and my interest in WWI that I read the trilogy that Edge of Eternity finished. I must say, with regret, that this final book in the trilogy was just terrible. The characters were not compelling and the history was distorted.
Mr Follett slanders his opponents (mostly American conservatives / Republicans), sets up situations and antidotes that are half truths and are designed to make his larger points but are just silly if the reader has any understanding about the history of the time. This happens over, and over, and over in the book to the point I struggled to keep going to the end.
Why not present the best argument and ideas and values of your opponents? Put their best ideas forward and then put yours forward and then make your case. In other words first tell the truth and then give your opinion. Mr. Follett cheats. Apparently truth is not a value to him.
In the end the book is awful and I pity the folks that get their history from this work.
This will be the last book by Mr. Follett that I will read.
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- Forrest

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio