"It's a rerun"
If you loved Pillars of the Earth, you may very well wish to skip this listen. The characters are distinguishable from those of Pillars only by name. The baddies are the same kind of baddies, doing more or less the same things. Ditto for the "goodies".
Even the plot is more or less the same... this time it's a bridge and a tower, rather than a cathedral. This time the heroine becomes a healer instead of a merchant (though she too starts out this way...) This time the impediment to marriage is forced nun-hood rather than a mistaken marriage. This time, the bad guy is brother to the builder. No wait, that didn't change at all! BUT - he's rolled up together with the bad earl! The good, kind clergy person is the prioress instead of the prior....
But for goodness sakes - they are all just interchangeable paper figures!
I like Ken Follett. Hopefully next time he'll write a new book instead of recycling an old one.
"Love the book - but..."
The narration of this title, compared to the rest of the Paksenarrion seriies, is terrible. No vocal differentiation, very hard to follow (these books have a ton of characters - and they all sound exactly the same!)
I am really disappointed, and cannot recommend this audio edition. The rest of the series rocks!
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