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'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
John Lee is perfect for Ken Follett's books. The voices are distinguishable and never annoying, regardless of gender. This book and its sequel World Without End are phenomenal.You'll learn history that's well-researched and love doing it. Regardless of your religious persuasion, you should see the beliefs of the characters handled realistically with respect. Every character seems real. As "perfect" as this book and its excellent sequel truly are, Follett's skill and increasingly maturity as a writer only get better in the Century Trilogy, so don't stop here. Also, the miniseries for this book (Pillars) is as good as the book but no substitute. I would read/listen to the book first. I did wait a long time between the two, so I wasn't comparing point for point. The miniseries took a bit of artistic license (just a little--involving the royal characters and where they were for certain important events) that I don't recall the book doing, but I didn't go back to check--it may have done the same. (Just got the other miniseries for Christmas and haven't watched it yet.) And finally if you want a great historical perspective on Matilda, grab Helen Castor's She-Wolves:Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth. The whole book is a great read, and though nonfiction is as engaging as good fiction; the Empress Maud part is first and is a good go-together. (The ID says Robert but this is his wife, the main audio-book user in the family, so this is a female professional's opinion.)
Having read Pillars many years ago, I knew what to expect from this masterpiece by Follett. I can say, without hesitation, that the story is just as engrossing in audiobook form and John Lee does an excellent job narrating. To be honest, I felt myself drawn into the story so much that I forgot to really hear the narrator at all. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is truly one of my favorites of all time and the audio version is definitely worth spending a credit.
Among the best audiobooks I've gotten, it was well written and well performed.
The collapse of the church or,the,killing of the archbishop
The burning of Kingsbridge.
If you like epics set in historic backdrops, you'll love this book.
One of my favorite - I love Ken Follett
His voice is so captivating
Yes if I could have sat still for 56 hours.
Worth every minute invested.
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.
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