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)
Excellent book- very engrossing story. The narrator did a wonderful job on the character accents and his pacing was just right.
This book is long and follows some of the characters throughout the majority of their lives. The narration is smooth and each character is very defined in terms of how they sound and it is always clear who is talking. This book is an investment of time which pays off.
I really loved Tom the builder and Jack. I absolutely hated the "villians" (anti-spoiler)
I don't recall a single character who wasn't performed to their best!
There is no way you could listen to this all in one sitting, since it is 40 hours long.
I am web designer and while I work I listen to audio books rather than music. I love historical fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, classics and books about spirituality.
I enjoyed the time period of the book and the epic feel.
I think the narration was excellent.
I will say one negative comment I felt the seen where a character torments a cat difficult to take. It is funny that I can listen to passages about rape and cope but to hear detailed descriptions of tourturing animals is more than I can take.
The characters were so thought out and complete. I couldn't get enough of this book and the narrator was fabulous
When Alfred came back to "take" Alianna
His accents and ability to move from male to female perspective
I never thought a book about building a cathedral could be so captivating. But I couldn't stop listening to this book. There were so many different plots with antagonists and protagonists that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I was sad when the book was over. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Fictional history is a great way to learn about the the life and times of historical figures without having to be bored by all the intricate details. After I listen to a chapter, I usually google the historical characters and learn even more.
Excellent Historical Fiction!!! It's one of those books in which you feel like you have been there....so well written (and read) it is......hmmm......as if you have personally witness each scene as it unfolds.
In print this is a dauntingly heavy book, but as an audio version I drank down the full 40-some hours of entertainment this audiobook provided. It is so extremely plot- and dialoge-driven that it makes for the ideal audiobook. I never got distracted, never lost track of the story, and was constantly wanting to keep on listening.
This is a VERY long book but is WELL worth your time. I have listened to it several times and enjoyed it more every time. I don't typically like period pieces from medieval times but trusted a friend who highly recommended this book. After listening to the whole thing, I felt like I knew each and every one of the wonderful characters. If you have the time, listen to this book. It is Ken Follett's masterpiece!
This book made going to the gym each day so much more enjoyable. In fact, I couldn't wait to go to the gym so that I could listen. It does have a bit of a slow start but once you get into it you are hooked. Nice mix of history and story as always with the author.
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