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 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.
It is very involved and highly entertaining
just watch the starz series of this book. ulll see why i say this
when the citizens of kingsbridge finally had thier cathedral
Sure, Enjoable story. Nothing special.
Writing is noting special and tends to be very repetitive. I felt like his target audience was a group of slow 8th graders. No need to summarize what has already happened in the book every other hour.
The story line was amazing and easy to follow
The sex sense were spectacular
Tension and excitement
A master piece to be enjoyed by everyone.
Even though I am still at the beginning of the book, I wanted to give my first impressions about the writing and the story in general. The writing is wonderful, well paced; the characters are rich and well developed and the story flows along nicely. To the reviewers out there who criticize the story as being "too contemporary" let me remind you that intrigue and deceit have been part of mankind probably since the first societies formed. I agree that the language can be foul and the stories violent. This is both part of Follett's writing and in all likelihood the characters did behave the way he depicts them. All in all, highly recommended. Can't wait to go back to the book.
As far as the performance, the reader is just o.k. I have listened to much better performances with clear distinction between the characters. (Dick Hill on the harry Bosch series and Craig Wasson on 11/22/63 come to mind, as is the masterful performances on Water for Elephants). I am sorry to see that the same reader is on the next Follett's epic. However, that would not keep me from listening to it.
I seldom read or listen to a book more than once.
Both at different times.
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