Yes I would. Read the book several years ago, watched the Mini-Series but it was not until I listened to it being read that the story came alive for me. Wonderful PROSE and well worth the time to Listen to while traveling down the road.
Never read or heard anything similar!!!
Ken Follet is an extraordinary story teller!!
For me this is one of those books that I will forever regret not listening to when a friend first recommended it. I guess I was hesitant because while I like history, the idea of listening to the story of a single cathedral being built wasn’t very attractive to me. Now I think back about those preconceived notions and see where my imagination was so far off from the actual story.
Yes, the book does use the cathedral as the center piece of the story. The true art of the book is how the author makes the building of the cathedral relevant to characters in the story, to the economics of the day, to the families, the culture and ultimately to a modern reader. It was that interweaving of culture, humanity, and technology that was so appealing to the historical explorer in me while at the same time keeping me truly invested with both the heart warming and heart wrenching. Each character’s connection to the cathedral is unique and each character is very well developed. The author was able to help me identify with a code of humanity and ethics that is timeless even though the culture and technology was so different.
I constantly questioned if the effort was worth it. The building of the cathedral is threatened multiple times, but beyond the building itself it is the belief in family, community, charity, and ethics that is so very difficult in the face of adversity. The characters are flawed much as in today’s world and constantly have to choose where to stand with their beliefs as they face life and death decisions. By the end of the book I cheered for the heroes because they were real to me and I felt like it was my community or rather my cathedral in the end.
I was obcessed! From beginning to end this tale was a fantastic experience and I couldn't rest until I'd finished. Well, that's a bit of an exhaduration but you get the idea. Ken Follett is, quite simply, a masterful storyteller!
No nothing is better than a book in your hand but if you need an audiobook it is among the best.
The Silmarillion. It is more about character development and story telling than action but still puts the reader on edge.
A Temple of Albion
Well worth the read. Don't fixate on the rape scenes. They are great for character development if you take them as such.
I never thought a story about building a church could be interesting, but Ken Follet is brilliant at bringing history to life in a tale of corruption, politics, and religion. Plus, John Lee is the best narrator, hands down.
John Lee is a master at storytelling. His voice is soothing, easy to listen to, and he excels at capturing the various accents, voices and nuances of the story. I am a big fan of Lee's and this is my third book I've listened to that he has narrated.
If you love a good yarn, then pick up this audio book. Great characters, wonderful stories. It's all here!
William HAMLEY finally being hung for all his evil doings!
Only this and world without end both amazing.
Never a time without love and romance.
I would have listened to 40 more hours of the story about Prior Phillip, Jack Jackson, Teddy, Sally, etc. Loved the book.
You MUST watch the Nova show on Cathedrals. Just by chance we watched it while I was reading this. It made the story so visual for me as Jack is building the cathedral from the show. What a BEAUTIFUL building!
The book is interesting but I grew very tired of the politics of the church and the constant badgering by William. I am glad that I listened to it but I felt that it dragged out too long, enough of William already!
This story is easy to fall into. This story is so engrossing I find myself thinking of it when I'm not listening to it. ;) What will happen next??
I never thought I would read a book on 12th century England. Interesting, informative, provocative. One of my favorite books. Ken Follett clearly states that this is not his typical but it was clear that he put his heart and soul into the book.
Eleana was such a bridge between modern times and 12th century. She was ahead of her time in so many ways yet believable and appropriate within her time.
His accent and inflection was such a nice way to experience a great book.
I would strongly recommend this book.