Summary

The epic final volume in the Century Trilogy.
As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War.
When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.
In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together.
Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.
From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of '60s London, Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.
©2014 Ken Follett (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"The true historical events are probably the most exciting bits to read, because Follett always gives his puppet eye-witnesses an excellent vantage point from which to recount them." ( Private Eye)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-09-14

Best in series

If you could sum up Edge of Eternity in three words, what would they be?

Satisfying, engrossing, awesome

What was one of the most memorable moments of Edge of Eternity?

Perhaps early on, when George's freedom bus is attacked. It's quite visceral and brings to life the base malice of Southern white violence that somehow got left out of Gone With The Wind. It sets the stage for the struggle the "negros" face in the decades to come.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, nearly 200 hours of Ken Follett books alone! This trilogy plus his middle ages books, Pillars Of The Earth and World Without End. There's a character in this book called John Lee, and I'd dearly love to confirm if he was named after Follett's prolific narrator.

How does it compare? Well, I listened to the earlier installments again recently, and I can say that the narration and character voices remain perfectly aligned, as if they'd come from one, excruciatingly long recording session.

The one negative thing I'd say is that poor Lee got thrown a curveball with this book. If he'd known he'd have to impersonate John and Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Richard Nixon, he might have turned it down. But by the third book, it was too late!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A lot can change in half a century.

Any additional comments?

I finished the nearly 37 hour book in 9 days, which is probably why I'm the first to leave a review! I hope that speaks for how compelling I found it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 14-10-14

An enthralling final part to the trilogy

I was hooked by the first part of this trilogy, was further entranced by the second and eagerly awaited this final part. The creation of fictional characters followed through successive generations of families in the USA, USSR, East and West Germany and the UK vividly brings to life the impact of two World Wars on people’s lives during the 20th century. The sheer length of these books allows the fictional characters to become so real that I felt sad when their lives were blighted, delighted when things went well and focused my mind on the injustices of segregation in the USA, the helplessness of ordinary people in totalitarian regimes and how unrestrained power corrupts.

This third part of the trilogy was for me the best maybe because it covered my lifetime and reminded me of the momentous events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of Kennedy and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Though most of the events were familiar this didn’t detract from the power of the narrative to keep me listening wanting to know how the lives of the characters were affected. Though these are fictional one can see that some are lightly-veiled facsimiles of actual people such as Solzhenitsyn.

John Lee has done a magnificent job narrating the trilogy comprising over 100 hours of compelling history, which I recommend listening to in chronological order.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 22-09-14

A great ending to the trilogy

If you could sum up Edge of Eternity in three words, what would they be?

History comes alive

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that everything is based on true events and has real characters intermixed with the fictional characters make everything real.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He has so many voices and accents to deal with that I had thought there was a few narrators. John Lee does a great job and his voice is historically realistic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So many moments that were front page news, are part of this story. The story is the history of the whole world but is about families and individuals.

Any additional comments?

I have been waiting for this third instalment for years. So far it has lived up and beyond all my expectations.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mickfin on 29-03-15

Very political

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I looked forward to this book with great anticipation. I enjoyed the story line and the characters but none hooked me and kept me caring about them as in the prior two books.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending felt rushed and as if the author was just trying to wrap up in a hurry to get on with something else.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

John Lee is a great narrator. He adds a depth to the story and proves quite enjoyable to listen to.

Did Edge of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

To look into some historical events that the author claims took place.

Any additional comments?

The author is blatantly biased in his political views. He dislikes Republicans and goes into detail smearing them while singing the praises of Democrats and completely overlooking any of their scandals or events. He even manages to highlight and endear John Kennedy's many affairs and callousness and turn him into a beloved and revered president. I did not enjoy this book as much as the other two but I am glad I read it to tie up the events and families. There were no stand out characters that I fell in love with or became involved with. It was just ho-hum.

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