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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of fans with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The saga now continues with Follett's magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else - no matter what the cost.

Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett's most exciting and ambitious works yet and is perfect both for longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series as well as listeners new to Ken Follett.

©2017 Ken Follett (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Too Abridged

I did not notice that this was abridged. I always buy the unabridged. Had trouble following storyline. Feel like I wasted my credit.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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not as good as others

I did not like the way it would switch characters and storylines immediately after each other.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Abridged? Ugh

Sorry you saw fit to sell an abridged version. Would have liked to have the whole story.

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I did not realize was an abridgement

was reading the book and decided to listen while driving really upset to find out this was an abridgement

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I found it very boring

The narrator couldn't decide if he was English or American and I couldn't get into this story at all. I love History and Ken Follet but this wasn't a good one.

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Excited, disappointed then happy ☺️

Being that I had previously heard/read other Ken Follet books I was excited to get this one. However, I was disappointed because I had a hard time keeping up with all the storylines and characters at first. I decided to stick with it a little longer and in typical Ken Follet fashion he made the intensive back stories and character development come together to keep you invested until the last page.

Lee does an excellent job narrating and giving voices to characters.

If you're a fan of historical fiction, then this is an excellent read!!!