A finely written and engaging story! It is one of those books from the very first page until the end, simply and wonderously draws you in, written in such a way, the whole story is just the way it is supposed to be, a natural flow and ebb. Few authors are able to write this way but Mr. Follett seems to have done a keen job of it.
The characters, and there are many, are well developed, not overly done. Their interaction and support of one another is superb. You feel for them, you fear with them, you cry with them, the way you should when you're are fully engrossed in the story, because you begin to live the story.
The story; full of intrigue, conniving, political gain, mystery, plots, betrayals, envy, lust, pride, arrogance, and much much more. Again, a finely woven story, real, believable. A story you live in while you are reading it.
When you have well developed characters and a great story written out so well, you have a wonderful, adventurous story you just want to keep reading, just to know what is going to happen on the next page. I haven't read a book like this since "Lonesome Dove", another wonderfully written story.
I originally read this book many years ago, I believe it was in the early 90's. So this time round I thought why not try the "unabridged 32 cd's" read by John Lee, what a delight. With both versions you not only imagine the characters and situations but you live the moments as each develop and unfold. Everyone should read or listen to this book at least once. This book gives great meaning to the phrase "story time".
I couldn't put this book down, it was one of my favorites of all times...a 5 star for sure...
I loved this book! Great characters, great story - I did not think that a story about building a church would be so interesting :) I'm originally from England so I love the description of England in the Middle Ages.
An ambitious epic which I rate as a masterpiece. There is plenty of character development, historical interest, surprises and strategies to keep you going though the whole saga.
One of the best epic novels ever. This story spans 3 generations and truly explores the human condition. With highs and low this story and it's characters will stay with you for a long time. (in my case that have stayed with me for years)
This book is VERY different to the TV series, and MUCH better. It is long, but well worth staying with to the end, and left me wanting more....
Really rich character development and amazing plot lines. John Lee, who narrates this work, really brings the characters alive. I started this audiobook on vacation and listened to it everday on my drive to and from work. Although somewhat time consuming to listen to, my drive home passed very quickly! I will miss the characters now that I have finished the series. Give it a try.
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