I really thought I would not like this story because I'm not into historic fiction, especially medieval genres. However, it came highly recommended to me and from the very beginning, I was hooked! The book is more about the characters than the time period. And these characters are just amazing. The wisdom, determination, and sheer will of the characters to overcome adversity had me listening every chance I got. Amazing book!
I'd already read the book twice so I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend hours listening to it. It was on sale so I decided to give it a try. It was just as great as I remembered and it had been long enough since I read it for me to enjoy all the details. John Lee did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Now on to World Without End. I've only read that once!
The author did a fantastic job of developing his characters. I was concerned that the story would drag after 30-40 hours of the same plot line, but the story continued to change & develop and managed to keep my attention. This story allowed me to follow the lives of the characters, from young children to old men/women. Very heart warming! Now, I will say that there was a fair amount of unnecessary sexual escapades, which is why I give this 4 stars instead of 5. So, keep that in mind when purchasing this one. I found myself trying to fast forward over certain sections because it was just over the top & far too time consuming. Caution.
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.