Storytelling at its best. Engrossing, heartbreaking and triumphant. Amazing reader and "didn't want to put it down" story with an abundance of historical references.
Great read telling the story of the bankers class of London at the turn of the 20th century. Fascinating and surprising story almost until the end (it seems like Follett couldn't think of a good ending to the story, it comes to a "bad movie" ending....).
All in all - worth the read, but don't be disappointed of the ending.
Story was uninteresting and tedious
May well have
I didn't get far enough to be able to answer this question
Was a bad choice.
I hope not.
Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorite books, with Eye of the Needle a close second. I had hoped that this "mystery-thriller" would be along the lines of Eye of the Needle or Lie Down With Lions, but it was really just a predictable, repetitive, contrived, and at times even silly and cringe-worthy melodrama. To have conversation invented between characters to explain very simple plot elements to the listener was annoying. And at the end I fully expected to find the heroine tied to the train tracks by the one-dimensional villain, only to be rescued at the last minute by the hero. Page's performance saved it from being a complete waste of time.
maisie, because she was the heroine and better developed than most
speed and feeling were appropriate
I haven't read the print version, but sure enjoyed the narration.
I enjoyed the scene in which the (main) villain got what was coming to him.
I liked Hugh Pilaster and envisioned Hugh Grant playing him in a movie version, with Nicole Kidman playing the love of his life, Mazey Robinson..
That would have been difficult, but it always kept my attention.
My wife and I have listened to practically all of Ken Follett's books and were surprised when this turned out to be our favorite. We listened to it together in the car. We found ourselves making up excuses to get out or the house and into the car so that we could find out what happened next. As some reviewers have said, this is an excellent period piece. As another reviewer has said, it is somewhat predictable in the sense that it is a melodramatic morality play. The fun is in the "over the top" characters and their interactions against the backdrop of the British class system and Victorian England. The narrator did a wonderful job in bringing out each character, and particularly contrasting the South American, upper class, and Cockney accents. We were sorry to see this book end.
When my husband rides in my car, he gets to listen to a story where ever I am in the book. A Dangerous Fortune is so good that he started asking me for updates because he'd missed parts -- then he started discussing the characters and their motivation. Yup, a good book for sure. A wonderful multi-generation story -- top notch narration. Thoroughly engrossing.
:Yes it was a very good listen
When he became head of bank
The guy that his dad commited suicide.