I really wasn't expecting much from this book. Being a big fan of Bernard Cornwell and being used to his type of writing, I was pretty sceptical about Ken Follet's writing, however, I was more than mildly suprised to find that after getting over the different fashion of writing and story telling, this became a story that I just could not leave until the very end. It was fabulous - a very well written story of a priest whose ambition to build a fantastic church comes to life, the many wonderful characters with intricate stories surrounding the building. I never want to give much away in a review, other than to say that if you like historic stories, this is one of the best ones that I have come across. I was delighted with the characters, the ups and downs of the events, the knotting created in your stomache by some of the characters, its brilliantly laid out, has some real 'feel good' moments and you really must read/listen to this one.
This audiobook has horror, excitment, suspence and humour. Being a big fan of Bernard Cornwell's works this book has come up trumps again. I began by finding Uhtred quite loathsome, but ended up loving him. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose not shy of some brilliant writing and story telling.
Although this is a very long book, the writer, as always, does manage to keep you wanting to listen/read throughout. There are very few parts of the book (if any) that are tedious and boring and for me that is the sign of a good author. The story in itself is mild and a mixture of torment, hideousies and horrors that come with this period in history and the amalgamation of real historic events keep everything flowing evenly and guiding you to the next part of the character’s lives, interventions, entanglements and fatalities. The feel good factor comes from those wronged getting their vengeance and the evil doers getting their come-uppances!!! It is a nice flowing book, but there is nothing thrilling in the story just a steady momentum and this does sometimes suit a particular story, in this event it works well and for a steady read/listen, I would recommend this book. Ken Follett, as we already know from his previous successes writes nicely and John Lee takes it on a steady flow.