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 drove 1900 miles listening to this book and kept listening to it instead of going to sleep.
I highly recommend this book!
This book had me in its grip in the first few minutes and never let go! John Lee deserves some kind of an award for his reading. Highly recomend!
I tend to choose my books based on length, and this is my longest one to date AND very absorbing! I looked forward to walking the dogs, cleaning the kitchen, folding the laundry, driving to work, so I could get on with it! It definitely gave me the most bang for the buck yet. I love characters more than stories - and this book had well-developed characters to care about and despise. I agree with some reviewers that the sex is more graphic than necessary. I just hope Mr. Follett didn't go the way of some authors and fill up the sequel with even more sex and violence...
There are so many of Follet's books that you remember always and this is one of them. The story is intriquing and Follet is again successful in putting you right there. I highly recommend this.
Since I've never written a review before, this alone should tell you how I feel about this book. It has everything I look for in a good story. I was captivated by the characters and couldn't wait for the next drive so I could find out what my friends were up to today and where life has taken them. At times I was so engrossed in the story that I listened when I wasn't driving. I usually do not like a book read with a British accent, but John Lee was excellent. I can't wait to start World Without End.
My first review. Bought this on the basis of strong reviews. I like historical fiction but probably would not have been attracted to a book about building a Cathedral in 14th century England. I also wondered if I'd actually listen to the entire book. I mostly listen to audio books while commuting. I often found myself taking the long way home to listen to a little longer. I would say there is some pretty graphic violence that really made me cringe at times. Though I do think it contributed to character development and contributes to the overall culture being portrayed in the book. In short, a really a terrific listen.
This is a fascinating story and the weaving together of the characters is just fascinating. I have finished the first part, and 1/2 way through the 2nd, and it is so hard to put it down... Hey, this is my first audible book and it is sooo great. I sure that if you are looking for a fascinating story line with incredibly interesting protagonists, you will not be disappointed with this read...back to the book...
Hated for the story to end. While sleeping, I found myself even dreaming about Philip, Jack, Aliana and The Cathedral, and many of the other characters. This book is an awesome accomplishment! I'm now on to World Without End...
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