I like Ken F. and loved The Pillars of the Earth but this "squeal" is dragging and I'm only on CD 5 of 36! Don't plan to continue.
On behalf of my wife, who is blind, I would like to warn anyone wishing to read this audio book on disk, that there are 36 disks to the set: apparently the 'powers that be' separate them into 2 boxes(without any indication in the on-line catalogue): you must make sure that you receive both if you wish to avoid the frustration of having to return to the library- and requesting/ordering, and then waiting for, the other half!
Love this series - historical drama with wonderful historical descriptions of medieval church building
The ignorant APL patrons that rented these CDS have scratched them to the point they're not worth listening. Maybe a little education for these idiots
I liked this book for so many reasons: talented writing, rich character development, the historical descriptions of the social life, architecture, medicine, religion of the middle ages, and the themes of endurance and following your dreams. But at the risk of sounding like a prude, I was not comfortable with the amount of sexual material. Included were the language and imagery of playful and passionate romance, sex for sale, violent rape, and glimpses into same-sex encounters. The descriptions of medieval torture/punishments made my skin crawl. Still I was drawn back to the story until the end! Perhaps this would be considered a success for the author to have written so vividly that the reader has a range of emotional response. Perhaps, because it was an audio book, I was uncomfortable broadcasting sexual scenes aloud. Still, does adult reading have to equate with titillation? In fairness, I read another of his books, but have come to the same conclusion. I will look for a different author.
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