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)
I could not get the audio synchronized with the book. The narrator was very good what little I listened to, but unfortunately, could not use it.
Give better instructions for synchronizing with book.
I would definitely listen again. It was a well written story, enhanced by the reader.
other Ken Follet books: Fall of the Giants, Winter of the World, etc.
Prior Philip - love the Welsh accent.
Tom Builder - because of his singular drive to build a great cathedral.
I read this book years ago and have always listed it on my top favs. Don't miss this one. The narration is great also.
I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.
I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.
Bookworm, model, supportive fiance and worlds best baby sister.
I liked the narrator, and story line was gripping.
Aliena of course.
His narration allows for imagination of the buildings otherwise if I was reading it I would probably skim over those parts.
Cathedrals, Corruptions, and Champions
Country Livin' Lady
Yes, For my friends who like an epic journey, I would Highly recommend this.
I got to know the characters and became part of their lives, totally drawn into the story. Lots of interesting info on churches, the people and about how they lived.
Too many to pick one!
It made me angry with some of the characters that were evil, it made me cheer for the kind priest. This book drew out many emotions during the journey through the years.
Educator enamored with storytellers
It ranks among the middle of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
The lighter scenes between the lovers offered a welcomed respite from the suffering endured in the bulk of the story.
Light-hearted, Consistent, Warm
There were moments of terror and horror and even shame, but the redeeming moments were not as powerful as I expected they would be after the characters' harrowing expeditions.
The story is a bit long-winded and the book weighs on the darker side. However, the idea of tracking the characters and their timelines through the construction of the cathedral was inspired. The characters hold minor depth and some quirks that moved them away from the extremes of total good and total evil, even though there were clear villains and heroes and those characters rarely moved from those realms. The ending chapters feel tacked on and the Henry plot did not match the intricate and well-hammered plot-lines proceeding it. Overall, the characters are its strength and there is no lack of action, depravity and joy in this reading.
Probably in the lowest quarter
Less violent. I enjoyed the beginning travels and cared about the novel's characters. I really wanted to see how things would turn out for them.
Much too long
This book was great!
I love how each character found their way into the story.
John Lee was an amazing narrator! I would listen to him again and again!
The story was awesome!! The only thing I had a hard time with were the constant rapes and abuse to women throughout the story. It kinda goes with the territory, but I hated hearing about it.
Yes yes yes. As a matter of fact I have listened to it a few times. John Lee does an amazing job I could listen to him all day and its is an epic story that I loved the first time but after listening again I realized I missed so much.
It came at the very end so I can't say without spoiling it.
That's tough I loved Aliena and Jack I can't decide who I loved more.
Yes I didn't want to turn it off.
I truly loved this book I didn't hesitate one second after I finished it to buy A World Without End. Which didn't disappoint.
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