I highly recommend this book. BUT, get "Fall of Giants" first. This is the second book of a trilogy and there is generational continuity with the characters that flows from one book to the next. The rich historical research that the author has done comes alive through the lives of the characters. It's not light reading but you will be much richer for listening to this series.
Fall of Giants, the first book of this trilogy.
I never really thought about the fact that it was a performance. Each character lives as he personalizes each one. You have to tolerate some readers. Not so with John Lee. Every book I've ever listened to with him as the reader is the same. That fact causes me to look twice at any book if he is the reader. If you look up the word "outstanding" in the dictionary you will probably find John Lee's name.
I loved all 3 of these books. Then imagine my dismay when I found out that the author was no longer with us :-( But start with the first one, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and read them in sequence. I trust you'll love them as much as I.
I thought Pillars of the Earth was an excellent book. This is more of the same. Same corrupt Roman Catholic Church and abusive lords. It is an entertaining story but reading it back-to-back with Pillars was too much.
A very engaging story with unexpected twists and a great ending. Leaves you wanting more from this author.
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