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Tomball, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 2 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 233 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Ken Follett: The History of the Thriller at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Ken Follett

    Ken Follett uses his gift for storytelling to present a detailed account of the thriller's place in history and literature. Follett is the author of more than a dozen best-selling novels, including Eye of the Needle, The Pillars of the Earth, and Whiteout. He is also president of the Dyslexia Institute, a member of the National Literacy Trust, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Terry says: "Use as a preamble to Pillars of the Earth"
    "Great Background for any thriller lover"
    What made the experience of listening to Ken Follett the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know what to expect with this audio, but it was Ken Follett and I thought it might be interesting. It was great! Most of the books he mentioned I had already read, but the ones I hadn't I noted down, and got them on! His speaking style is very entertaining and the discussion was very interesting.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this is something you want to listen to in one sitting; however, I listened on my commute to work, so it took me a couple of days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Great read"
    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I will definitely read this book again. The characters are rich and deep. The setting, 1150AD is an unusual setting for a book. I found it very interesting the discussions not only of the cathedral architecture, but the domestic architecture as well. Ken Follett does a wonderful job of highlighting and exploring human character. Now the characters are like old friends.

    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    John Lee has a deep rich voice but still has the capacity to make subtle changes to delineate characters. His voice wraps around the unfolding plot like a warm blanket on a cold winter night.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved the forward by Ken Follett explaining his impetus for writing the book and his challenges in completing it. I want to listen to this again so I can get the book on cathedral architecture he read. If he liked it, it has to be good!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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