A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England, this is Ken Follett's historical masterpiece.
©1989 Ken Follett; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
"Follett is a master." (The Washington Post)
"A historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere and detail and memorable characterization." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."
The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.
This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.
True that I'm a non-fiction kind of guy. And not a fan of cathedrals to boot. But this is a wonderfully interesting, exciting and engaging saga. The narration is nothing short of terrific.
This book will grip your mind, body, and soul. Forget about how long it is, you'll love/hate every character, and you may want to start it over again and again.
John Lee is always awesome and this book doesn't disappoint. He narrates these epics so well and brings it all to life. Of course another great job by Ken Follett as well. This book delivers a continuous dramatic story that will make you feel like you are living amongst the characters. Entertaining!!
This is a gripping epic! Often with unabridged books, I wish I could "scan" parts - and this book is a real exception. John Lee is an excellent narrator . . . never has "voice fatigue" and manages to separate voices to make the dialogue understandable. I'm happy that Ken Follett has moved into this type of writing . . . he's a gifted story teller - an excellent word-smith!
Whew, what a story. The memory of it will be with me for a long time. It was definitely very good material!
If you like loose ends and spontaneity in your books, this might not be for you--but it is an entertaining listen.
I'd heard great things about this story and maybe my expectations were too high, but I found it a little dull in places. I liked the architectural point of view - that brought a unique perspective to the medieval backdrop and it was well done.
After seeing this mini-series on Starz made me want to read the book. It's different from the series but still good.
A great historical fiction. The book is massive but really moves along. It never drags. It is a book about church and state as well as the haves and have nots. Great characters.
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