This is a really good book for the historical fiction fanatic. But I don't know that I could have found the time to read it in print....so grateful for the wonderful audio version.
Mr Lee's voices sounded authentic and rich - not contrived like some voice actors who cannot sustain them.
Yes, I always wanted to keep going with this great audio. But alas, it's so long I had to take breaks for real life!
Very high. I am hooked.
The Good Earth which was excellent. They cover two different eras and both tell what it was really like during the times they cover.
I think all the characters that are able to live honorably.
I loved the story and the way it was told.
I am an attorney for a higher education research institution. I am married, have two children, and I love my organic vegetable garden.
This is Ken Follett's sequel to the equally compelling and captivating story "Pillars of the Earth". Follett transports you back in time so completely that you truly visualize and experience another time and place. John Lee's performance is stellar; he performs different characters in appropriate voice and really captures the emotions of both female and male parts. I find some of Follett's sexual encounters and delving in the minds of the individual female characters to be unrealistic and tiresome, but overall, the story presents a well-rounded and captivating tale of the time.
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John Lee is so amazing I can't imagine the print version being any better than the audio version. This listen kept me riveted the entire time and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. One of my all time audible favorites.
Honestly, I loved every momen and cant' think of any one scene or moment that stuck out.
John Lee is my favorite narrator by far. I listened to Pillars of the Earth and I just bought Fall of Giants. He and Follett are the perfect combo.
I almost cried at a few points, some parts were really tragic.
It is very much in the same style as Pillars of the Earth. Generally I felt that it was not quite as good, but still one the best audio books I have heard. Initially it was difficult to keep track of the characters but after the initial portions I was able to get engrossed in the story.
Everything. He is easily in my top 3 narrators. Have picked books just because he is the narrator.
Well worth the adventure. I have considered listening to it a second time, even though it is a large investment in time. This is something I almost never do.
Loved Loved it.
Read the book some years ago. The audio version is just as good - if not better.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
This story and its presentation makes you live in the 15th century. The remarkable power of the church, the threat of eternal damnation, the corruption of governments, drive a story that is as true as it is well written.
Thank you Ken
Pillars -- its prequil
Ken Follets new triolgy on the 20th century worl starting with Fall of Giants
He is a superb reader and characterizer. His rich, slightly accented english keeps you engaged throughout
There are several moments throughout the love story in the book. But the theme of triumph over all adversity is best.
It took me about as long to decide to tackle this long "Book Without End" as it may have taken Mr. Follett to write it. I was very reluctant to commit to the time it would take to listen. However, I really loved Pillars of the Earth and wanted to see what was coming next. I enjoyed being able to go back to this period of time without having to actually GO BACK for real. What a difficult time to be alive! I enjoyed the story and cared about the characters and I had a good time listening while completing a large knitting project. However, I don't think this was as well written as Pillars of the Earth and I didn't find the characters to be as interesting as that book. If you read and enjoyed Pillars of the Earth you will probably want to listen to this, but if you must choose between the two, I think your better bet is Pillars.
This book totally absorbed me. Wonderfully written, plot twists every time (except the last) that a happy ending appeared to be in the offing, and a totally satisfactory ending.
The description of life in the plague years, the state of medicine, and the resulting breakdown of society were very real. The power struggles between nobility and serfs, and between church and state resonated as the beginnings of the society we live in today. Even the questions of nurture versus nature are explored, as traits and talents are passed down one generation to the next.
I recommend this highly. I don't like Follett's thrillers, but I love his historical fiction. The reader did this extremely well -- it was easy for me to get into the story, and stay there.
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.