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 seldom read or listen to a book more than once.
Both at different times.
Enjoyed the story along with the history lesson. Great novel to listen to on long morning runs...like 5, 6 miles!
I was hesitant at first about this book. I mean really? Cathedrals? This book is perfectly written and the story keeps you wanting more. I was very pleasantly suprised.
Kept the voices straight and distict.
Jack. He was the most passionate and interesting.
Really enjoyed Ken Follett's take on the 1100's and cathedral building in England. In addition to having a gripping story-line, the character development was spot-on. I also learned alot about the time period (which I hadn't previously studied) and England's history. I breezed through the 40+ hours on Audible like I never thought I could! Highly Recommend!
I would recommend this however I'd tell them to fast forward over some of the terrible scenes that were a part of life back in the dark ages.
I was pleased with how the book ended.
I liked his performance of Phillip, the prior
This genre can be a challenge for me. I love it when they are well written and well narrated, but there are times when I just can't listen... This is something that I would highly recommend!
In the first 30 minutes, I was regretting my purchase, thinking that this was one of those ones that I just wouldn't be able to get into. Then I found myself really looking forward to time in the car, on the lawn tractor, running, etc. Well worth the time.
Its Length - it's way too long and provides way too much detail.
Yes. Kevin Costner
captivating, historical, interesting
This book was my first audiobook...the thought of starting with a 40-hour epic novel was a big daunting but I absolutely loved it and found myself listening all the time (in the car, while doing dishes, while jogging...). I highly recommend it. I'm not a big history buff and often get confused with historical novels but this was very interesting and easy to follow. I was so sad when it was over.
Ken Follett writes the perfect book and John Lee does an amazing job with the narration. This was a book that I never wanted to end. Follett takes the reader to a time and place and makes one feel as though they are there. You love and hate the characters along the way. Great listen
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