I never regretted buying this audiobook. Since the first time I put this on our car's audio on our way to school each morning, my 10-year old son and 15-year old daughter look forward to our next drive. It's quite far where we live and it was an average of a little less than hour's drive. I have put it on three devices where my son, my daughter and I can leisurely listen whenever we have a time then we catch up with our reading during dinner or in our lesiure conversations during the weekend. Then we listen together and catch up with each other's reading.
The book gave us a secret world where we develop our words, expressions and languages all derived from the book. We feel so exclusive to each other and it developed a bond and a way to communicate our wants and desires.
I definitely recommend this if the family loves to read but may not have the time to do it due to hectic demands of our time. This audiobook is an excellent way to expand your children's vocabulary, learn everyday science and become inquisitive enough to ask so many relevant questions that affect our world today.
Much has been said already about this book -- good and bad reviews. But what can a good writer do? I have waited 6 years since it was published before finally reading it because I have known Ken Follet to be a prolific non-stop thriller spy novelist - not to be interested in medieval romance of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses! I read and collected most of his books and I didn't want to end up a disappointed fan. Then I finally gave it a try. I doubted myself for 6 years to be reading something "medieval" from a Nazi - spy thriller writer and now I regretted the wait after reading the book - why did I wait for 6 years long years? I asked myself.
Just like his other novels - Ken Follet leaves something for his readers to think about - was Ellen really a witch and lived in the forest for the rest of her childhood life - where did she come from? What was it really like getting sick in those days? How did people survive from viruses during that time? Where are the medieval doctors? What was medicine like during those times? I know, I know Ken didn't say much about it because the book might turn out to be 3,000 pages more wouldn't it? Well, I don't mind.
Why I loved it? A few words: Ken never failed his fans - he brought to life a medieval world as if it's like being there!
It's a well-researched book - grainy, very detailed - captivating and well thought of plots, unpredictable turns and twists perhaps brought about by the years of experience of the master story-teller himself - Ken Follet!
Absorb the book and you will know what I mean. Bon appetit!
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