never read anything else he has written, just not my style, but this was wonderful and as he said, was recommended to me by a friend with similar taste in books. another series (world without end) i have listened to many times.
I was surprised that so many people loved this book. I thought it depressing, vulgar, and so tedious I kept reminding myself that I paid money for it so that I would finish listening. Be aware there are explicit rape scenes in the book, so don't play this in the minivan on the way to drop the kids off. Also, get your dictionary handy for all the architectural lingo.
As a historical period piece, this is Follet's best. I recommend this to all. Never thought a medieval story would keep me so enthralled. This story led me to enjoy others set in the same time period.
This is an excellent novel about a period of time most of us know virturally nothing about, the feudal 10th and 11th centuries, and it takes place in England. It is from the perspective of the common man, the average tradesman and serf, instead of the kings and queens you had to read about in high school and college. If nothing else, it will give you an appreciation for the "easy" good life we have now. You see what they eat (when they can), where they sleep, what they wear and where and, in general, how they live. It is also a very good story, and it's LONG. Once you've finished reading this book, you will want to read "World Without End," also by Ken Follet (also LONG), which is a continuation of this same story, but it takes place 200 years later during the 13th century. I guarantee you will enjoy both novels.
I wished this series would go on and on. I loved the story of the cathedral, but also loved watching the character traits get passed down along the generations of the families involved in its history.
This is a wonderful epic tale.
The reader, John Lee has the perfect pace and voice for this performance. Ken Follett is a master of weaving stories within stories.