• The Evening and the Morning

  • Kingsbridge, Book 4
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11,824 ratings)

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The Evening and the Morning

By: Ken Follett
Narrated by: John Lee
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Publisher's summary

Number-One New York Times Best Seller

An Amazon Best Book of 2020

A thrilling and addictive new novel - a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth - set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages

"Just as transporting as [The Pillars of the Earth].... A most welcome addition to the Kingsbridge series." (The Washington Post)

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns.

In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in.... A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land, but the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic.... A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.

Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.

©2020 Ken Follett (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“[A] richly told, complex story...Follett is a powerful storyteller...[whose] fans will enjoy this jaunt through the days before England was merry.” (Kirkus, starred)

“Follett has done it again. Readers will gobble up this exciting prequel.” (Library Journal)

“[An] absorbing and lengthy saga of life in a chaotic and unstable England on the cusp of the Middle Ages...Fans of Follett's ever-popular Kingsbridge series...will flock to this...while intrigued newcomers can start here.” (Booklist)

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