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  • A Novel
  • Written by: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Written by: Ken Follett
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

The new must-listen epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.

“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” (Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary)

“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get fixed.” So says Pauline Green, president of the United States, in Follett’s nerve-racking drama of international tension.

A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis.

Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.

Never is an extraordinary novel, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding story that transports listeners to the brink of the unimaginable.

©2021 Ken Follett (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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who wrote this? not Ken Follett for sure

I have read and enjoyed everything Follett has written, except this. first book of his that I have given up on. This seems to be written for a different audience from usual.

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Disappointing

Not a typical enlightening and entertaining Follett novel. Rambling, boring and very disappointing. I tried to like this book and failed. Returned to Audible.

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Merely a primer for newbies to international intrigue

The storyline walks the reader through the geopolitical world at the level of an average tv series. Descriptions of event are handled in a general manner leaving avid readers searching for the next level of content: those things that Ian Fleming would relish in. In-depth descriptions of the details of cloak and dagger are lacking. Some explanations are juvenile.
For a long novel this becomes grating.

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a bit dissatisfied

not the usual epic from follett. shallow drama at best. still a good listen worth the time.

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very boring,takes forever if it ever gets exciting

narrator is really good but the story just doesn't hook you. not exciting and I gave up on it. it's a shame as it's a waste of a credit

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Excellent Narration with amazing voice adaptation

My first Ken Follet novel was a winner! The narrator could alter her voice to make the characters come to life. I was captivated from the beginning and enjoyed the thrill.

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Just OK

The best part about this book is the narrator. Not one of Follett's finest.

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I never

I never thought this book would get moving almost half the book is very slow then it picks up at the last part, but it seems to have no ending.

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Not Follet’s Best - better to stick to historical

Im a huge fan of Follet, read almost every book he wrote but this one was boring, pointless and the story lines of the different characters where too linear and without nothing interesting.
Better to sticks to historical books… fiction about the future is not his strength

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As always a gripping story. Well read. I recommend listening to it or reading it.

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  • Georgia
  • 2021-11-11

I'll NEVER get through this one

As a diehard fan of anything Follett, I'm heartbroken over this new novel. I made it through about SEVEN hours (that I'll never get back) and threw in the towel. In order to understand what on earth is going on, you are going to need a world map and a place to make many notes because there are SO many characters with names and titles that are confusing to "average" me. There are also a couple of characters that have almost identical names ... which leads to even more confusion (why do authors do this? They do it all the time!!!) Follett is my all-time favorite author and I've read everything he ever wrote, many more than once, but I have no interest in this one. I gave up when somewhere in China somebody met with someone who had the name of something and worked under someone else with the title of something and had the name of something who was under the the department called something who was headed by some other individual ... all with Chinese names. All of these people were brought into the story in two sentences. I guarantee by the time I got to this point, 40-50 characters had been introduced. The book also brings to light the social injustices of the world (especially the US) because, honestly, no one has covered that in any novels, right? No one can drive and listen to this. Note taking will be needed.

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  • Michael Canada
  • 2021-11-11

Very Boring not as advertised.

From the description you would expect a lot of action and intrigue however it's 90 percent social justice topics and romance. I tried really hard but I couldn't finish it.

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  • Ray
  • 2021-11-12

Sorry ... Really like Follett, but

Way to much "right place, right time". Apparently 1 CIA agent is all that's needed to stop car bombings, shoot outs and get all the necessary Intel. Doing this as a female, with a female General and a female POTUS is way to feminine. I'm not anti female...but Follett goes OVERBOARD with this. Embarrassingly so.

The female reader is a tough listen. Not top quality, and with a book this long that's a major strike against.

The story line ...Without every smart, brave character being a female and every nefarious, unintelligent character being a man...Isn't bad. Just should have changed a couple of the sexes. And hired a better reader.

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  • Marga
  • 2021-11-12

Disappointed

I love Follett but this book was a drag. Never caught my interest. Never really cared about the characters. Wait for his next book…...

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  • Mary E.
  • 2021-11-17

Did Ken Follet really write this?

Ken Follet is by far my all time favorite author.
I have been reading his books for 33 years. I have read the Pillars series at least 6x and the Century Trilogy 3x. I have read most of his other books as well.

Not 1ce during this entire book did I think I was listening to something Ken Follet wrote.

I don't know anything about anyone's pubic hair, no man's throat went dry, there wasn't 1 single described act of sex. Which is unlike every other book he has ever written.
I didn't learn anything. not how to build a cathedral, or even an arched doorway. I didn't learn how people manipulate their way into power when they don't have the ability to do it honestly.
I didn't learn anything about any country. I didn't learn any war tactics, or military plans.
I didn't love or despise even 1 of the characters.

I couldn't see them in my mind. I didn't feel any of their feelings. I am not even sure what any of them looked like.

How is it possible the president of the USA learned her daughter was smoking pot via some round about taddle tale delivered to the school principal rather then via the CIA or security guards?

It just doesn't seem like a book by Ken Follet

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  • ss
  • 2021-11-13

Did Follett write this????

I found the writing style very slow, boring actually. Had been really anticipating this book,returning it.

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  • Macsuzy
  • 2021-11-14

Quality Excellent, Story great and then ….

I love Ken Follett’s books. I’ve never read one I didn’t like. This story was great in the beginning - and the characters were believable - as was most of the story, but the last quarter of the book was just inconceivable - bordering on hysterical thinking. And the end…was…just like he got tired of writing. I guess I don;t blame him.

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  • amos nadai
  • 2021-11-15

Garbage.

I've read and tremendously enjoyed most books books by the author. This is garbage.

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  • Maynard E. Morine
  • 2021-11-16

I am not able to finish

I don’t believe this was written by Ken Follett I have read most of the books written by this author and this book does not come close to being even tolerable

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  • M. Killiany
  • 2021-11-13

Disappointed

I’m a huge Ken follett fan. I preordered this book, which is something I would normally never do. After suffering through 5 hours I took a look at other reviews. It sounds like the book doesn’t get any better. Very disappointed.

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