The influence of the church in all subjects in the medieval time.
There are many memorable moments. I liked very much the end of the book, wich I won't tell here.
The death of Earl (the bad guy)
Not exactly, but I couldn't stop reading it.
This story begins two centuries after the end of the Pillars of the Earth. I thought that it was just as enjoyable. For those that did not want the original story to end any more than I did, this is a must read for you. Although the original characters are obviously dead, their descendants carry on their legacy.
The story is good because: 1 - You will care about the characters. 2 - The characters lives are woven together in unexpected ways. 3 - You can follow along on Wikipedia (good research). 4 - Black Death. Some things I wish would've been different is the secret letter should have came to surface earlier in the story and had more dire consequences. Philemon's lover, "M" should have been discussed (I think if it were Maud it would've made great fodder). Also the author has a weird obsession with female pubic hair... that repetition could have been left out. The performance was top notch because John Lee is probably the easiest narrator to listen to...great job!
I liked this book overall, but it is way too long. I've read other works by Ken Follett and listened to others by John Lee. Both are very talented. But even the best story can go on for too long, and this book is certainly one of those.
Say something about yourself!
Whether you read this before or after Pillars you will enjoy it. Another great epic Historical Fiction from Follett. Highly recommend.
I thought this was good as Pillars of the Earth and similar in structure. It's 200 years later and the characters are again skewed to model either good or evil. I really enjoyed the listen, although the conflicts between characters were somewhat repetitive. Don't let that keep you from listening. It's definitely a good use of a credit.
The story's turns and the depth of the characters made this story so wonderful. This is the kind of book that you tell your friends they have to read. It is long, but oh so wonderfully long!! All human feelings and attitudes are here: love, pride, envy, injustice, greed, mercy, etc...You just want to keep listening about all the characters and their descendant's life drama until the end of times!
This stand-alone novel is an interesting follow up to Pillars of the Earth, Follett's first novel of the imaginary Cathedral town of Kingsbridge. It's an exploration of the social ramifications of the interaction of the Medieval Church and Government.
The novel follows a cast of characters through their lives in the town, and it is a very thoroughly imagined description of their lives. This novel, like the first one, is very well researched, and part of the appeal is hearing the very thorough descriptions of invention, architecture, medicine, etc. This includes some very graphic passages that would make this inappropriate for young listeners. Don't make the mistake I did, and leave it on your car speakers while the kids are in the car!
There is a very American slant to this novel; a celebration of the individual against the institution, the idealization of the middle class, the villainization of the military, etc. But, it's not so overt in most cases that it really detracts from the overall story.
The narrator is adequate. He's not particularly good at voices, but he didn't try to do too many accents. He read with enough general expression and tone that he's not distracting.
Overall, this was an interesting listen. It won't be on my repeated rotation, but it was thought provoking and sparked some interesting debates.
This was my first audiobook and what a first choice. Upon finishing it, I purchased "Pillars of The Earth," even though I had read the book a couple of years ago, and it was great fun hearing it again. John Lee is wonderful and doesn't read too fast like some. His pacing is perfect, nice voice, very funny at times and has an ability to seamlesly transition from one character to the next. I have never had any prior interest in reading about medieval times but you get over that very quickly with this series. Fascinating story; can't say enough good things about this author and narrator.
but, if you want to hear another version of a similar story with similar characters, this wasn't bad. I'm somewhat convinced that John Lee could bring any story to life and make it enjoyable. Thus, his narration makes up for the areas the story falls flat, or repetitive.
Follett definitely likes his plucky female characters. I can't say I disapprove. His lovelorn males are a mess, though. His villains... dastardly.