I really don't understand the positive reviews of this book. It's truly one of the worst books I've listened to.
The characters are either stamped good guys or bad guys. And don't expect any surprises or plot twists because the author tells you exactly what his characters are going to do before they do it.
The author takes a lot of pleasure in really making sure you understand his main bad guy is bad. Hence lots of rape scenes that are really unnecessary. Also some terribly written sex scenes between 'good' characters that go on for way too long and just become awkward to the point of nausea.
This book is so long. And not in a good way. And it has more endings than the lord of the rings. Just when you think the book should finish.. Nope 10 more hours to go! It also doesn't build pace, it just peters out and you're left thinking 'I went through all that for nothing??!'
Also, although I love medieval history - which is why I wanted to read the book - it feels like the author what's to lecture you half the time on medieval life. So as interesting as medieval monastery and town planning is, along with crop rotation, stone carving techniques, felting, baking.. Etc etc etc it really really slows down the story to the point of boredom.
I want 40 hours of my life back..
loved everything about this. the tale is epic and exceptional, and the voicework is faultless.
I read this book many years ago and wanted to refresh my memory before I listened to the further books in the series - it did not disappoint and John Lee was a fantastic narrator - I would recommend this to all and sundry a great read as are the rest of the books in this series
It is difficult to find a book that compaes to this.It could be compared to a pseudo history like Tyrant by Manfredi.There is enough history to be interesting but enough fiction to allow characters to be well developed.
Yes, if you want an easy read, so interesting history, but characters lack depth and are not very realistic
Could not say, many started out well, but over time became boring. The female characters were particularly unlikely.
I think book and audio edition equal....why haven't i read/listened to Follett before now!!!!!....Cannot wait to try his other works.
The characters were believable.
Not sure, but I did find John Lee's performance comfortable to listen too, would gladly listen to more of his works.
Just that I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
Yes, Ken Follett has the gift for writing novels based on history. He does not use foul and obscene language
Positive or Happy characters and stories. Everything was depressing
Too slow. Too boring. Not engaging.
They were all pretty weak.
Stop putting negative twists on everything. Let the 'hero' occasionally have a win and positive experiences and friendships
It's up there. Ken Follet is my new favourite author, next to Bryce Courtenay.
It's one of those books where you get the full story. From the start of the characters' lives to the end.
John Lee is an excellent narrator. Can't fault him in any books I've listened to so far.
Jack, Aliena, Phillip, Tom, many memorable characters.