When I first started this story, I was afraid I'd think it was a book without end. I couldn't imagine listening to a story for 40 hours. But I found it went quickly as I hated to not be in that world to hear what would next happen to the characters. I'm looking forward to reading Pillars to find learn about Jack and Tom Builder.
I am a big Ken Follett fan. I was happy to hear about this sequel and realized i would be better off listening to it while I did other things than read it. However, I find the narrator extremely annoying. His female voices are horrible and several main characters are female. I am about 10 hours into it, and I am considering going back to the library for the book, rather than another 30 hours of this guy! It's a shame.
I also agree with another reviewer about a rape scene. I don't remember being offended by any of Follet's books that I read in the 80s, but the rape, and the first lovemaking of Caris and M (gee since I am not reading it, I can't spell the names) are offensive to me as a female reader/ Why does a man even attempt to write about sex from a female's point of view. The part about feeling the sperm exploding inside her is just not right. The female body does not have nerve endings in there or we would not be able to walk around with tampons inside us and not be able to feel them. I won't blame audible if they cut out this last part - it's kinda graphic, but Follett started it.
This book gives the listener a lot of hours for his money, but its plot is so trite - and thus so predictable. Follett's characters are equally flat. What a disappointment.
I looked forward to listening every day, HOWEVER, it was very long. The history was enlightening, HOWEVER, the story was more like a modern day soap opera. I've enjoyed all of Ken Follett's books, HOWEVER, this one is a little sub-par.
Many explorations and adventures await!
I'm an over the road truck driver and love long reads. I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the years and I must say this author makes me sick. He is a perverted writer with no ambition of writing a book with a plot. I liken this book to a truck rolling down a hill over and over again not knowing when or where it will stop. Writing about RAPE of little children is what this author writes about most. He has no moral compass and enjoys writing about horrible, miserable, evil people as his heroes. I am far from perfect and just a laborer myself, but I know decent reading material, this is NOT good at all. It is sick and disgusting. I do not recommend at all.
I've listened to both books in the series. Both lack exploring the characters in any depth. The storyline has potential, but they never come to life. They move from one butchery scene to the next -- without any glimmer into the characters. All blunt and choppy. All around a painful listen!
I've read 4 of his books. This is one where it seems the sex/rape scenes are more numerous and gratuitous, threatening to caricaturize the story. The recording had issues, too. Every now and then it will say something like, "This is the end of disk 9." Further, the book ended while there were about 8 chapters to go, as viewable on my device, but I could they were a repeat of earlier chapters.