This is one of the best novels ever, but the narrator sounds like she smokes 3 packs a day. The novel says that Madame Olenska has a "faint foreign accent", but the narrator gives her some weirdo Russian-sounding accent, even though Madame was American-born and -raised. It was terribly distracting and annoying. Somebody did a lousy job of editing this in the studio as well. Halfway through a paragraph, the narrator stops, says, "Let me take that again" in her normal voice, then proceeds to read the same paragraph over. There's no excuse for that.
I love this book, and wish I could trade this recording in for a better one. It was awful.
This is a great listen--gripping story and great characters. You don't need to have read "Pillars of the Earth" to enjoy this one. The narrator uses good accents to differentiate characters as well. My beef with Follett's writing is that he is obsessed with the female breast. For nearly every female character, we are treated to a full description of not just her hair, eyes, facial features, but whether her breasts are small, large, round, full, pointed, droopy, heavy, egg-shaped, and on and on ad nauseum. I couldn't decide which word he used more in this novel: "breasts" or "however." By the end of the book, I was gritting my teeth each time either word was spoken. He also tends to retell scenes from the beginning of the book later on. Does he think we forgot? Anyway, with better editing, this would have deserved five stars, but I just can't get past those few quirks. And, BTW, why is there no mention whatsoever of the Weeping Madonna after he went to so much trouble to get her into the first book? If it's action and plot reverses you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Be warned of some rather raw sex as well.
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