I will definitely read this book again. The characters are rich and deep. The setting, 1150AD is an unusual setting for a book. I found it very interesting the discussions not only of the cathedral architecture, but the domestic architecture as well. Ken Follett does a wonderful job of highlighting and exploring human character. Now the characters are like old friends.
John Lee has a deep rich voice but still has the capacity to make subtle changes to delineate characters. His voice wraps around the unfolding plot like a warm blanket on a cold winter night.
I loved the forward by Ken Follett explaining his impetus for writing the book and his challenges in completing it. I want to listen to this again so I can get the book on cathedral architecture he read. If he liked it, it has to be good!
This was absolutley one of the best books I have ever listened to. The story holds your attention and John Lee as a narrator is terrific.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Story was good and the narrator was great! Enjoyed it and was sad when it ended.
Loved Tom Builder and his family. Loved this book, the very best of the series. I've read them all and probably will again. Loved it in print, love the audible version just as much. Thank you Ken Follett.
My mom taught me to read when i was 3 and i've been reading ever since. I LOVE to read and now 'listen' to books.
My dentist, knowing i loved to read, recommended this book and i have since recommended and bought it for other friends. Tom Builder tugs at your heart as he works to take care of his children; when he meets 'the witch' of the forest and her son his life begins to improve. There are so many twists, turns and terrors to the story that it seems no one can be trusted. I find it most difficult to believe i listened 40 hours but it was never dull or boring. Since I never wanted it to end, i began it again. This is one of the most telling, fascinating, riveting books you can ever read and Mr. Lee makes you feel 'there' with them all through every page. No one will be disappointed to 'read' this book. I can't wait to see if AUDIBLE has the 'next' one. Ken Follet surprised me with this one as it is far off his normal spy/whatever thriller. He himself says it his best book ... i've never read any of the others. They cannot be as good as this one, except for the sequel. Enjoy the read.
and I loved it! I'm hooked. I really enjoy listening to the different voices of John Lee. The characters come alive and I feel as if I know them personally.
I was still hesitant to buy this audiobook even though it had recieved rave reviews. The reviews were right when they said that this book is exceptional! I, like many others, thought that the subject matter, medieval architecture, would be dull and hard to get through. Not at all! This books is fascinating! The narrator is superb. He used a lot of minor inflections that set the tone for each character. Buy this book!!
This book was recommended to me and as a huge fan of historical novels, I tried it. The characters are exceptional, and I could never wait to go back to that time in history to find out what happens next. This novel is a lot more suspenseful than other historical novels, making it even more addictive. But most of all I have to praise John Lee, the narrator for doing such an extraordinary job at reading this book. I am sure I will listen to it again before long. Right now I am listening to the sequel "World without end" (also read by John Lee), and after 1.5 hours I am already completely hooked again.