This book has it all -- a great plot, superb characters, evil villans, and a fantastic narrator. I didn't want it to end, and was glad learn there was a "sequel" (set a few centuries later). I had never read Ken Follett before, and very much appreciated the entire book, from his introduction to end. John Lee is the best narrator I've ever heard! He does male and female voices extremely well. I would join audible just to downloand this book and World Without End. Thanks to all of the readers who reviewed the audio book.... It's not something I would have bought absent those stellar recommendations.
I read the prior reviews and gave this a chance, but the characters had no personality traits beyond self-satisfaction with their towering intellects. I listen while on long walks, so depend on books that have some plot or interesting characters. It doesn't matter to me if they are novels, or biography, or history, but they do need to be well written and interesting. While this may have been well written, it was so pedantic that I moved on to another book after chapter 6.
There were some useful observations made by the characters, but they didn't push the characters or the action forward.
After completing both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, I was looking for something epic, well narrated, with interesting characters. I read other Audible reviews that referenced back to the "Outlander" series. I was hooked from the beginning. Davina Porter's narration is perfect, whether she's voicing Claire, Jamie, or any of the other characters, major and minor, male or female. Claire is a witty, 3 dimensional character and the story is highy entertaining and engrossing. I would highly recommend both this book and the series.
I was drawn to this book because it was read by John Lee and it was on sale! I kept putting off its reading and found the first part (pre-prison) to be frustratingly predictable. The remainder of the book is worth it, though. As one reviewer noted, it appears Dumas was paid by the word; but that just serves to prolong the pleasure. Fans of Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and other epic unabridged novels will enjoy listening to this book. John Lee never disappoints, and his narration is perfect.
I could listen to John Lee read a menu and be entertained. This is a darkly humorous look at modern India (I have no way to judge its accuracy) and the neverending politics of wealth. I didn't really understand why it was written as a sort of "letter," but that wasn't particularly distracting.
The first and third parts of this series were better than this, which was a little silly and took Darcy completely out of character. Maybe this was the author's attempt to create her own Northanger Abbey. The narrator, as noted by others, is annoying.
I loved Pillars, and so had high expectations of World. It did not disappoint, although I thought the Pillars characters were more engaging and the story had more of an over-arching theme (the building of the cathedral), which is missing here. John Lee continues to delight and I am hopeful that Ken Follett is working on the next installment.
This book starts out a bit slowly, the most frustrating part at the outset being how the main character learns of her grandmother's "mysterious" beginnings from her great aunts. After that, the pace picks up and the story is engrossing. At first, I was annoyed by the music before each new chapter, but it grew on me as I learned to pay more attention, because the music signalled a change in the year. The narrator is quite good, though far better with female voices than male, and her American male New York accent is feeble. All in all, a good listen, and captivating story at a good price. I would definitely look for this author and narrator again.
I selected this book because it was "on sale," thinking it would be low risk if I didn't like it. I loved it! The story is engrossing, the narrator excellent. My only gripe is with the sound quality -- there seems to be a lot of background noise/feedback.
The author of "Fallen Founder" notes Hamilton left an "apologia" in case he was killed by Burr's shot, but Burr left no such note for posterity. There was no need; she has written a lengthy apologia on Burr's behalf. I found myself at times laughing aloud while listening to this book because of the biased nature of the text. Essentially, the thesis of the book is, "Hamilton, bad; Burr, good." An odd approach for an author whose prologue notes her disgust with all prior biased Burr scholarship. While the book is lengthy and comprehensive (especially post-youth), its pro-Burr bias becomes predictable and significantly detracts from the scholarship. This book was a huge disappointment; I would skip it and just read Joseph Ellis' account of the Burr/Hamilton duel in "Founding Brothers." Finally, though Burr may have been around at the time of the "founding," there is certainly nothing in this book to suggest that Burr was himself one of "the founders."
The narration itself is creditable, especially given the length of the book and the need to delineate historical quotations from the author's prose.
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