I really had hoped to love this series. I have visited the places in France from this story. I thought it would be fun and that I would feel a connec..Show More »tion and would enjoy seeing these sites in the storyline of this book. Not so. It all fell flat. I have to agree with other negative reviewers and put it down to the author's poor writing skills. The whole thing was tiresome, weak, and just plain tedious. Very disappointing.
I learned a lot of history from this book, and it's not difficult to confirm or refute the author's historical claims. I'm glad I was not born in the ..Show More »12th century - she paints a vivid picture of day-to-day life in the early 1200's with clarity and occasionally disturbing detail. The story develops cleverly with the interplay between then and now done skillfully and in a way that keeps your interest. The characters are engaging, but sometimes a little too type-cast as goodies and baddies.
Beware - there are some stomach-churningly violent passages here, but not in a gratuitous way - I suspect they really did behave like that back then. (for example the destruction of Bezier is historically accurate as far as I can tell). The conclusion is satisfying, and ties together a carefully woven story quite neatly, although some of it you will have guessed as you listened.
To grasp all the intricacies of this book I listened to it twice and profited by doing so - it's fairly complex and keeping track of who's doing what in the middle third is not always easy - there are some early passages that are crucial to grasp but seem irrelevant on first listen.
Dan Brown should learn lessons from Kate Mosse. This story is everything the Da Vinci Code could have been - complex, engaging, intricate and clever, with easily discernible fact from fiction. Thoroughly enjoyable.
So many different subplots - I don't think I quite figured it all out. The audiobook format probably contributed to that - you can't exactly referenc..Show More »e back to previous pages. I also felt that for a 28-year old American main character, the narrator wasn't the best choice.
I must say I was a bit skeptical about listening to this book because of all the reviews that turned me off. They said that Mosse's Labrynth was much ..Show More »better and this one was not all there. I did enjoy her first book and with that assurance (you can't write a bad book after a good one) I did start listening. I must agree that the book is a bit slow in the beginning, but that's only because it's such a long book. Otherwise the book is amazing. It is very sad and moving too, the closure is not one that I would have wanted. Not your usual happily ever after but still.... The narrator also does the naration very well with all the French names and places.
I would recommend this book to someone who likes long but a bit slow moving and very emotional books.
I love historical fiction novels. I have read all 3 of the trilogy. Very good characters, lots of descriptions & information given on period describ..Show More »ed. I did feel that maybe the author ran out of steam at the end, it didn't feel quite wrapped up to me. But having said this I would definitely listen to it again - the whole series to see what I missed the first time.