than a book. The reader is a perfect match for this wonderful story woven by Ken Follett. I felt as if I knew the characters intimately, and my wife and I compared notes as we listened independently, enjoying every aspect of this epic story of 12th Century England and France. Even though this is one of the most lengthy audible books we have purchased, it was difficult to "put the book down", and the story continued to hold our interest right up to the final words. A genuine treat!
I always read reviews before I purchase. I realize some people have their own bias when review a book. I will try to give an honest review. This is a good book. It is in no means a classic but It was entertaining. I could see what was coming without any foreshadowing. Mr. Follet is not a literary great. There is rape in this book. But It is not out of context. It is not overly graffic. I don't believe as some others do, about the author's hidden agenda. There is war and pillaging. Of course rape goes along with those things. Also, the author does not appear to have it out for the Catholic Church. There are good and bad people in every profession. I personally like the classics and thought that maybe this would be similar. In scope it is but in substance it isn't. It is good but not great if you are looking for something excellent, look elsewhere. I thought the narrator was excellent.
Such a great love story with a lot of twists, turns and filled with intrigue. Love the narrator's voice. A great book. I watch the series on cable, but the book was far better.
When I realized that the book was coming to the end; it made me sad. I was so caught up in the characters personal lives. I can't wait to purchase the next book by Ken Follett.
I first read this book several years and could hardly put it down. The audiobook version, is just as interesting. I loved the history.
Growing up in England, surrounded by amazing literature, I was devastated when my eyesight made reading difficult. Audible is truly a gift.
Ken Follet is a genius as a story teller. You care about the characters, you hate some, love some, and see human nature at its finest and lowest. It is amazing to see how no matter what, human nature stays the same. The CEO's of large corporations, Drug Lords, and those trying to reach the top, are the Popes, Kings and Knights of yesteryear.
I spent hours (days!) immersed in this gorgeous book. The characters were very well developed (thank you Ken Follett!) and the plot kept my husband (Mr. Plot-driven reader) intrigued when he read it. John Lee did an excellent job of narration. This book deserves a solid 5 star rating.
This was to much of a potboiler for me. Even though the period in question was turbulent, that much adventure just didn't happen in one place. The author does a good job of writing historical fiction but the story is a patchwork of characters that he found in that history - they don't really fit together that well. But when you try to write an epic there are risks - a Gone with the Wind, this is not.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
You learn a lot of things in this book as you are carried along by the lives of the characters for a span of 50 years or so. It is hard to believe that that much time has passed because the story is so fluid. In my opinion, the explicit details of the rape scenes and love scenes could have been left out without sacrificing the quality. Lots of nail biting and waiting in this story, but it all works itself out in the end.