The presentation of the times, culture, governance, and the church. It was interesting to see how the laws and customs of feudal times were so different. The life styles of suffering under a repressive environment. The bands of hungry law breakers demonstrated a system that makes people criminals by the bad system.
Probably, Ellen, Tom, and their son. In some ways the characters seemed a little too modern. This seemed to be most pronounced among the women -- Ellen and Arianna.
Yes. I think his most recent work with the Trilogies about the wars in the 20th century The Fall of Giants and the Winter of the World were better, but he was still quite good. He is one of the best readers.
An interesting read, the parts about the architectural issues was a little more detailed than I wanted.In the end, the good guys do okay in the end which seems kind of unlikely, but then it is fiction.
A quality story with excellent character development. I have enjoyed wandering back into the story to review the historical setting and accuracy.
I could not get the audio synchronized with the book. The narrator was very good what little I listened to, but unfortunately, could not use it.
Give better instructions for synchronizing with book.
I would definitely listen again. It was a well written story, enhanced by the reader.
other Ken Follet books: Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World, etc.
Prior Philip - love the Welsh accent.
Tom Builder - because of his singular drive to build a great cathedral.
I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.
I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.
I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.
Bookworm, model, supportive fiance and worlds best baby sister.
I liked the narrator, and story line was gripping.
Aliena of course.
His narration allows for imagination of the buildings otherwise if I was reading it I would probably skim over those parts.
Cathedrals, Corruptions, and Champions
Country Livin' Lady
Yes, For my friends who like an epic journey, I would Highly recommend this.
I got to know the characters and became part of their lives, totally drawn into the story. Lots of interesting info on churches, the people and about how they lived.
Too many to pick one!
It made me angry with some of the characters that were evil, it made me cheer for the kind priest. This book drew out many emotions during the journey through the years.
Educator enamored with storytellers
It ranks among the middle of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
The lighter scenes between the lovers offered a welcomed respite from the suffering endured in the bulk of the story.
Light-hearted, Consistent, Warm
There were moments of terror and horror and even shame, but the redeeming moments were not as powerful as I expected they would be after the characters' harrowing expeditions.
The story is a bit long-winded and the book weighs on the darker side. However, the idea of tracking the characters and their timelines through the construction of the cathedral was inspired. The characters hold minor depth and some quirks that moved them away from the extremes of total good and total evil, even though there were clear villains and heroes and those characters rarely moved from those realms. The ending chapters feel tacked on and the Henry plot did not match the intricate and well-hammered plot-lines proceeding it. Overall, the characters are its strength and there is no lack of action, depravity and joy in this reading.
Probably in the lowest quarter
Less violent. I enjoyed the beginning travels and cared about the novel's characters. I really wanted to see how things would turn out for them.
Much too long