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.
Love the characters. Love the story. Love the history. Loved the first book PILLARS. Great writing.
After Pillars of the Earth I did not think that the sequel could rival it but I am really enjoying my ride to work listening to this book. It is as well written and very enjoyable.
This book was sooo incredibly boring! I was shocked. I loved the preceeding book, but just couldn't get into this one!
Like the pillars of the earth the story gets tiresome. Same as pillars, the story revolves around a few characters and the their misfortunes. Same plot of building and rape the story gets boring. 40 hrs of listening to this nonsense gets into your nerves.
I've been engaged in the hearing of lots of audiobooks, but this one and Pillars of the Earth are the best ever. Do not let the length daunt you. They are incredibly written, and I cannot believe I waited so long to listen.
The characters are just as good as Pillars of the Earth. I do wish there was more time spent on the connections to the characters in Pillars but other than that small detail, I enjoyed this from beginning to end!
History enthusiast with military and legal background.
Wow, this was so boring that I couldn't get past the first four hours. The plot line was so similar to the first book that it was laughable. It woudl be more interesting to read a text book on how to build a medeival brige than plowing through this book.