Anyone who was a fan of Pillars of the Earth will love this book, but it stands alone if you haven't read the first one, set several generations after the first book was written. A great book, well read by John Lee.
Better than Pillars. The passionate love story of Gwenda & Wolfricke alone is worth the listen. I hope they make a mini-series out of this one too.
I was so worried that I'd be disappointed, since there was no way to top Pillars of the Earth.
Fear not, this book does not disappoint in any way.
I love John Lee's narration, and Ken Follett gave him such a terrific book to read to us!
I swear to god though, if he put one more impediment in the main characters way, I was going to box his ears.
Damn this was a good book, BRAVO!
It's a great story coupled with a truly excellent narrator. What more can anyone ask of an audio book?
I am a big fan of Follett and this story lived up to my expectations. I listen to this as I walk to work and have been walking slower and slower to hear more of the story. He has written characters with a lot of depth making them not only easy to like or dislike, but easy to relate to. The specifics he goes into when writing about the building of town buildings can be quite specific and a little boring at times. I love the attention to detail, I can fully picture the town, the countryside and the people making me feel as if I am living among side the main characters. HIGHLY recommend!
I am a huge fan of Pillars of the Earth so I was really looking forward to this book and finding out what was happening in Kingsbridge 200 years after Pillars. The story was great, John Lee's voice and interpretaion were wonderful and the characters were interesting. I enjoyed learning more about the history of that time and what life must have been like. I'd have given it 5 stars, except that the extra 4 hours of listening time seemed to be filled with detailed descriptions of sexual encounters. There are relatively few sexual encounters between characters in Pillars compared to World. It seemed like every time the story got going, it screeched to a halt and stalled while the characters "did it" again. Instead of adding to the story and depth of characters, like the rape of Aliana in Pillars, much of the sex in this book was a distraction. Overall, I liked the book, but recommend it with a reservation. It is just not quite as good. If he writes another, I'll read it and hope the editor edits out the sex so that I can enjoy the story.
After reading the first book in the two-part series, I found this book had similar characters in it to the first one (although it took place several generations later). But it was still very enjoyable, interlaced with interesting bits of history, and an engrossing story.
Growing up in England, surrounded by amazing literature, I was devastated when my eyesight made reading difficult. Audible is truly a gift.
I enjoyed every minute of this. I read Pillars of the Earth first and fell in love with Follett's ability to tell a great story and put it all in great historical context. He writes of rich characters with all of man's faults and highest aspirations.