While I didn't read the book (not sure how many times you are going to get an answer here) I love the guy that narrates for Ken Follett's novels. He is my absolute favorite and the guy has major talent, especially in Fall of Giants.
Loved Merthin as a character, thought that he was just such a lovable character!
While Alianna was one of my favorite all-time characters, Follett's leading lady in this novel, Caris, made me want to punch her at numerous times through the novel.
This is the 2nd Ken Follett book I listened to. Personally, I prefer Pillars of the Earth, but Ken Follett does an excellent job tying all the stories together.
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
I listened to this over a year ago and once again lately. I really enjoyed the book. It is a bit formula but the characters and story are entirely engaging to allow forgivness. I don't think it was as good as Pillars, but close. Don't miss this.
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!