Such an incredible piece of literature! The author is a master storyteller who weaves the lives of all his characters so intricately that you can't help but care for them. I ended up buying the book too and when I could not listen to the audio version, I read the book. It's that good! The only thing was that I was disturbed by a lot of the violence especially the numerous raping of women. I skipped those parts. Between listening to the 40 hour audio book and reading the 973 page book I was completely engaged in the story. Ken Follett is BRILLIANT! I recommend it highly!
I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, butI thoroughly enjoyed this gripping novel, which seemed to be historically quite accurate. It kept my interest for almost its entire length, but I must admit that it got repetitive in the last quarter. Nonetheless, I'm going to read the sequel, after I've taken a short break. The vision of that beautiful cathedral that was built against the odds, stays with me.
Follett weaves an interesting tale that deeply details the lives of his characters. Almost as importantly, the narrator does a splendid job of voicing the many characters that made him a pleasure to listen to. This is a long tale and may be viewed as slow in some places. Overall a very enjoyable book.
This is a lively, well researched, expansive book that surrounds multiple characters over multiple generations, it's read beautifully by John Lee and has everything from architecture to battle to even a touch of erotica. It was an extremely enjoyable listen and I truly wish I could find more books of both this quality and length
I drove 1900 miles listening to this book and kept listening to it instead of going to sleep.
I highly recommend this book!
This book had me in its grip in the first few minutes and never let go! John Lee deserves some kind of an award for his reading. Highly recomend!
I tend to choose my books based on length, and this is my longest one to date AND very absorbing! I looked forward to walking the dogs, cleaning the kitchen, folding the laundry, driving to work, so I could get on with it! It definitely gave me the most bang for the buck yet. I love characters more than stories - and this book had well-developed characters to care about and despise. I agree with some reviewers that the sex is more graphic than necessary. I just hope Mr. Follett didn't go the way of some authors and fill up the sequel with even more sex and violence...
There are so many of Follet's books that you remember always and this is one of them. The story is intriquing and Follet is again successful in putting you right there. I highly recommend this.