This is one of the few books of 40 hours or more that I have listened to or read and was left wanting more. A great story set and a powerful description of the culture of the middle ages.
Now living in Estes Park, Colorado.
I wish I had been warned that this is not a serious book. I found it in the Historical Fiction category and was looking forward to being transported to 12th century England for the 40 plus hours of the reading.
I thought I would get some insight into the way of life and way of thinking of that early period.
Unfortunately the characters are extremely flat and no atmosphere is ever created.
This book would be more correctly placed in a Romance/Fantasy/Erotica category.
The writer's style reminds me of Muzak, elevator music. It does have its place and it's a kind of music but... This is probably not a book you want to spend money on.
Boy, what a long and tedious audio book. I listened to about 1/3 of the entire book and still wasn't "hooked" on it. At that point I decided this really wasn't worth the drudgery. The characters did not evoke much emotion, the medieval setting of the story did nothing for me as the author is poor at painting with words and the whole thing never seemed to really take off.
It is 40 hours of unabrdiged audio. But if you think you're getting a lot for your credit you'll be mistaken.
The tale was interesting but it could have been about 3 books rather than one as it spanned multiple generations. Some events are way over dramatized and detailed at great length, but when the main character in more than half of the book dies it's like OK he's dead, let's move on. I found this a bit distracting. An interesting study of cathedral architecture and the pre-Renaissance era.