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 was looking for something similar to Kitchen House, the best story ever told, however it has been difficult to get into......after the author went on and on about being in love with ancient structures he thought of making a story to confirm his love for these structures. After knowing that, it felt like the story came "secondhand". As if he just came up with the story as an after thought, as if he had no love for it, as if was done half-hearted. It made the stories less important. I felt this way because of my passion for Kitchen House, it was created out of substance and passion, not half-hearts.
This is a wonderful book. I found myself driving around town so I didn't have to turn it off.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
I debated on buying this book because I watched the movie a couple of years ago.I know that the book is always better, but I THOUGHT I knew outcome. Wrong. There was so much changed that it seemed like a different , but similar book.There were a lot of subplots left out of the movie. That alone was worth the credit for this book.
I really love the the different subplots. You could almost make different books off of each one.
Nothing that I've read.
John Lee and Scott Brick are the two best in my opinion.
The good guys always win in the long win.
I have been an avid reader all of my entire life, and I also have almost 300 audible library. I just can't believe I've went this long, and never read or listened to A Ken Follett novel.
I generally read non-fiction. This was clearly a novel--every aspect of the story was tied up into a neat bundle by the end, but it read like history. And, like good historical fiction, it gave clues and nuance to so much dry and poorly written history! It is probably a bit much to believe that Eliena (pardon the spelling: one downfall of listening to books instead of reading them) single-handedly did all she did, but why let facts bog down a good story?
John Lee did an excellent job as narrator.
I saw the movie first and knew I wanted to read the book. I had previously read Eye of the Needle, I figured this would be just as good if not better. I wasn't disappointed a great listen.
Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)
Definitely the best I've heard so far and I've listened to some great books from this site.
I was on the edge of my seat from the first chapter to the last. The characters are vivid and relatable, The flow of the story is flawless.
So hard to pick a favorite scene, but when Tom Builder died I literally screamed out loud LOL much to the shock of my co-workers LMAO
Johnathan's discovery of who he really is....I cried my eyes out
MUST READ/LISTEN whatever lol FANTASTIC book!!!!!!
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
Part 1 is not about cathedral building at all, but instead about the lives of some super interesting people whose paths crossed in 1492 or whenever. VERY interesting. SOOOO well performed. I felt like I was there with them. But... so, when are they going to actually build the cathedral?
former nuclear scientist
I was confused for a long time because the first chapter of the audiobook is a forward by the author detailing how successful this book was. After that, I was a bit put off, especially since the main family of Tom Builder is shaken almost immediately.
However, after 3-4 hours I realized I was totally engrossed in the story, which spiralled out to include the politics of medieval England, religion as actually lived by the people of the time, and the lives of high- and low-born families during The Anarchy. The villain is odious and the heroes are nuanced; Tom Builder, for example, is too indulgent of his natural son.
It's quite an undertaking to listen to such a long book, but you won't be sorry.
Yes -- It is 40+ hours of SHEER enjoyment...
VERY FEW other books meet this threshold...
I enjoy books that show the author's ability to observe and convey human emotions, thought and interactions -- and then to MIX that skill with HISTORY is just an ADDED BONUS!!!
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