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've been a Audible listener for nearly 6 years and have listened to more than 200 books (and learned to speak Spanish). This stands out as the finest of all my listens. It is a deeply satisfying story of heartbreak and healing, of love and fortunes lost and regained, of treachery and forgiveness. It is timely for me and has encouraged me though its enduring relationships, perseverance, keeping ones faith, overcoming obstacles and literally rising from the ashes.
If you've read a negative review...disregard it. 1,000+ other listens can be wrong. Do your self a favor and devour this book.
Ken Follett is a wonderful author. He is able to weave a captivating tale with the backdrop being England in the middle ages. His character development, story line, and the magnificant descriptive language and detail he uses draws the listener into the storyline and make you feel as if you can see the story unfolding right before your eyes. A must read!
The book starts out a bit slow but once you figure out the main characters they come to life.
Greed is powerful. If you think todays headlines are scandolus you have a treat in store. For individuals who sit in church every Sunday thinking about how boring it is, step behind the scene and witness, lies, sex, murder and hypocrisy at it’s best. I found myself staying up late just to hear the next segment. At the end of the tape I wanted more. I was elated to find the author has another book out. Keep it coming.
I had never even heard of this book before now, but I am so glad that I bought it. It's a great epic adventure where good vs. evil is shown through the greater works of mankind.
I have enjoyed this story more than any other story I have listened to. Follet does a great job building interesting caracters that, accross 40 hours, you come to identify with. You can't help but get wrapped up in the story once you start listening.
Fantastic visit to a Europe almost a 1000 years gone by. You really get to know and care for the characters and the production/reading of the book is superb.
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