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)
The tale was interesting but it could have been about 3 books rather than one as it spanned multiple generations. Some events are way over dramatized and detailed at great length, but when the main character in more than half of the book dies it's like OK he's dead, let's move on. I found this a bit distracting. An interesting study of cathedral architecture and the pre-Renaissance era.
I am a 22-year-old and I loved this book and narration. Many of my friends made fun of me for devoting so much time to the story of a cathedral being constructed, but you cannot understand why it is so engaging unless you begin listening. Follett weaves a tale that is very interesting if you are any sort of history buff or just great if you love a good story!
Love the book as a window. Shocked by the number of definitions for the word "turn". Widowed and sad, but thankful. Trying hard to be useful. Have 28 years as a step-father to a fantastic grand-daughter and a not so fantastic drug addicted, step-daughter. Oddly focused on the fun of preparing to die well, and help those left behind, while eating, hot springing, and reading for pleasure.
For an atheist to write this kaleidoscopik work that bolsters catholic theology is amazing. I feel completely alone most of the time in today's culture. This work lifts a huge weight, at least temporally, of the back.
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