Even though I am still at the beginning of the book, I wanted to give my first impressions about the writing and the story in general. The writing is wonderful, well paced; the characters are rich and well developed and the story flows along nicely. To the reviewers out there who criticize the story as being "too contemporary" let me remind you that intrigue and deceit have been part of mankind probably since the first societies formed. I agree that the language can be foul and the stories violent. This is both part of Follett's writing and in all likelihood the characters did behave the way he depicts them. All in all, highly recommended. Can't wait to go back to the book.
As far as the performance, the reader is just o.k. I have listened to much better performances with clear distinction between the characters. (Dick Hill on the harry Bosch series and Craig Wasson on 11/22/63 come to mind, as is the masterful performances on Water for Elephants). I am sorry to see that the same reader is on the next Follett's epic. However, that would not keep me from listening to it.
I seldom read or listen to a book more than once.
Both at different times.
Enjoyed the story along with the history lesson. Great novel to listen to on long morning runs...like 5, 6 miles!
I was hesitant at first about this book. I mean really? Cathedrals? This book is perfectly written and the story keeps you wanting more. I was very pleasantly suprised.
Kept the voices straight and distict.
Jack. He was the most passionate and interesting.
Really enjoyed Ken Follett's take on the 1100's and cathedral building in England. In addition to having a gripping story-line, the character development was spot-on. I also learned alot about the time period (which I hadn't previously studied) and England's history. I breezed through the 40+ hours on Audible like I never thought I could! Highly Recommend!
I would recommend this however I'd tell them to fast forward over some of the terrible scenes that were a part of life back in the dark ages.
I was pleased with how the book ended.
I liked his performance of Phillip, the prior
This genre can be a challenge for me. I love it when they are well written and well narrated, but there are times when I just can't listen... This is something that I would highly recommend!
In the first 30 minutes, I was regretting my purchase, thinking that this was one of those ones that I just wouldn't be able to get into. Then I found myself really looking forward to time in the car, on the lawn tractor, running, etc. Well worth the time.
Its Length - it's way too long and provides way too much detail.
Yes. Kevin Costner
captivating, historical, interesting
This book was my first audiobook...the thought of starting with a 40-hour epic novel was a big daunting but I absolutely loved it and found myself listening all the time (in the car, while doing dishes, while jogging...). I highly recommend it. I'm not a big history buff and often get confused with historical novels but this was very interesting and easy to follow. I was so sad when it was over.