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    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

    Commentaires

    “[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 vividly re-creates the ancient era...in this feast for his fans.” (AARP) 

    “[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

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

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    I love the book but...

    it's frankly irritating when the narrator imitates women's voices. It would be so nice if a couple could read this book, which by the way has some strong female characters.

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    Ken Follet a encore écrit un chef d'œuvre

    J'adore les récits de Ken Follet qui mélangent histoire, drame, amour et une touche d'humour dans les sorts ironiques de certains personnages. Ici, le parcours d'Edgar est touchant et émouvant. Je n'en dis pas plus sur !

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    • peter
    • 16/09/2020

    GREAT STORY TELLING

    Immediately engrossing and the pace and the entertainment dont slacken. Echoes of Pillars and other Follet tales of the middle ages with monks, priests, artisans, nobles, nuns, heroes and heroines - with the type of plotting and character interactions that have you cheering and sneering and cursing and reaching for the next chapter to see how it all comes out. And then you wish it was double the length. All with the refreshing political incorrectnesses with which real life resonates.Highly, highly recommended.

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    • Firebolt
    • 20/09/2020

    I was really waiting for this book!

    I love Ken Follett's long, winding stories so I even pre ordered this one...but I had to stop. I simply could not stand the narrator one more minute! His inflection, his voices, his cadence - whatever - simply made me so distracted I hardly felt like I was listening to the story. I have heard him read other audio books and had the same reaction. Maybe it's me, but I recommend at least listening to a sample prior to purchase.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 18/09/2020

    Great read, despite it being my least favorite of the Kingsbridge series thus far

    Ken Follett is the greatest novelist of our age, his Kingsbridge Series and Century Series are masterpieces, and I believe will be some of the few books scholars read 200 years from now. In this book, Follett follows the same formula he always does. Strong minded/proud female protagonists, smart male heroes who like to build things, love stories that seem destined to fail for most of the book, city folk who believe women don’t know their place, and incredibly devious villains who get their way for most of the book. If you’ve read his other books, you already know what happens in the end. That being said, I enjoy every book he writes, but one of my favorite aspects of his books is that it puts fictional characters in real world events. In this book there’s very little in the way of real world events. The towns have to put up with Viking raids, and a weak king, but there seemed to be very little in the way of major events that actually happened, unlike: Pillars, End of the World, and Column of Fire that we’re riddled with historical events. Be that as it may, I still loved it, just loved it the least of the Kingsbridge series thus far. I will continue to read everything Follett writes, as he is the greatest novelist of our time.

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    • Longtime buyer/reader
    • 19/09/2020

    Great Story

    I just finished listening to this for the first time. It was a great story of how Kingsbridge became to be. There’s so much going on and so many characters to keep track of that I eukaryote have to listen to it again in order for it to all fit together. I’m old so I’ll put the blame on me. I have all four of the Kingsbridge books on Audible and they are one of my favorites to listen to over and over.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 05/10/2020

    Disappointed

    I have read many KF novels and always enjoyed learning of history through them. This book read like a harlequin romance. Sex, torture and shallow characters. I could see the ending within the first couple of chapters.

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    • Tim
    • 22/09/2020

    Book Zero

    As summer has come to an end and today is the first day of fall, I am saddened to be writing this review. “The Evening and the Morning” will probably be the last book in the Kingsbridge series unless Ken Follett writes another (pre) prequel to these books. I ended up reading the first book in 2012 and adored the next, next, and next novels. I don’t like to read any book twice just because there are too many new and old books out there that I still need to read, but I would not regret reading the Kingsbridge series in sequence. Book Zero has definitely completed my summer.

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    • Barbara
    • 17/09/2020

    An Epic Story

    Ken Follett has written an epic tale of politics, love, betrayal, and revenge. This story begins at the end of the Dark Ages in England and follows the lives of three people. During a time of chaotic rule and political intrigue, these three navigate their way through the corruption, decadence and upheaval of the land. As time moves on their lives become intertwined and they work together to bring down a corrupt and power hungry Bishop and his deceitful family. The book was written with such detail that you can't help but be drawn into this majestic world. If you love history then I recommend delving into this magnificent story.

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    • Jamie
    • 17/09/2020

    A masterclass in storytelling

    Follett's Kingsbridge series is phenomenal, and this may be the best one. He has a way of slowly ratcheting up the tension that spans decades across Europe, and collides worlds and worldviews like no one else can. John Lee is one of the great narrators, and pulls you into Follett's world with a whole cast of distinguishable and captivating voices. I can only hope Follett has more planned.

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    • USA Buyer
    • 24/09/2020

    Very Poor

    Not historical rather gross and humdrum dialog! Very disappointed In Ken Follett! Winston sounds like Trump! Regret buying this book! Not what I expected!

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    • Luis De Leon
    • 17/09/2020

    Great story, excellent performance.

    I have always enjoyed Follett’s books, but the Knigsbridge series is in a different category, the style and characters on this prequel follow a similar pattern and if you liked the other books this will not disappoint. I was unable to stop listening and can only hope for a 5th maybe set between the English Civil War and the Restoration. John Lee’s narration is as always great.

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    • Sbtlea
    • 30/10/2020

    kurzweilig nach Follett Standardschablone

    hypertalentierter Jungmann trifft schöne, selbstbewusste Adlige ind kann sie zunächst nicht heiraten Sie wird zunächst freudvoll entjungfert, dann aber heiratet das Ekelpaket und/ oder wird irgendwann mindestens ein Mal vergewaltigt und gedehmütigt. Da sie so schön und selbstbewust ist, traumatisiert sie das aber nicht. Das Ekelpaket und der korrupte Geistliche sterben . Der aufrichtige Geistliche kriegt eine tolle Pfarrei oder Kirche. Der Jungmann erziehlt autodidaktisch Höchstleistungen, baut etwas unglaublich tolles, das wird zwischen drinnen mal zerstört und dann noch mal toller wieder aufgebaut er wird für das tolle Ding reich und angesehen und darf seine nun verwitwete Adlige heiraten. das ganze vor historisch gut recherchierter wandelnder Kulisse

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    • Gudrun R.
    • 29/10/2020

    Gut, aber zu ähnlich der Kingsbridge-Trilogie

    Gute, spannende Geschichte. Kennt man allerdings bereits die Kingsbridge-Trilogie, wiederholen sich viele Elemente. Der tugendhafte Mönch, der der den Sittenverfall bekämpft und ein kleines Dorf in einen florierenden Ort verwandelt. Die Konflikte mit dem hinterlistigen, habgierigen und unmoralischen Bischof, der arme, aber talentierte Handwerker, der zum Baumeister wird und sich in eine schier unerreichbare Adelige verliebt. Das alles kennt man schon aus den Kingsbridge-Büchern und es ist schon ein wenig enttäuschend, dass sich Ken Follett hier so ausgiebig an seinen vorherigen Werken bedient. Streckenweise decken sich die Geschichten fast komplett, das finde ich dann doch ziemlich schwach. Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich das Hörbuch sehr genossen, der Sprecher, John Lee, macht seine Arbeit wirklich gut.

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    • Magalie
    • 08/11/2020

    Good story, but old pattern

    Almost as captivating as the other Kingsbridge novels - but just almost. Plausibe characters and exciting story, but the patterns get a bit repetitive. One of the clergy always has to be a villain, and the (future) prior of Kingsbridge weathers all obstacles. Edgar as ancestor of the future builders is just spotless without a single character flaw. Ragna - his love interest - is a bit more complex and less predictable. Still, I liked listening, and wouldn't have missed it regardless.

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    • Anja Lehmann
    • 07/11/2020

    Best Ken Follett ever

    Wer die Säulen der Erde möchte, wird dieses Prequel lieben. Eine Geschichte um das Jahr 1000, mitreißend und spannend bis zum letzten Satz. Mit John Lee als Sprecher ein genussvolles Hörvergnügen.

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    • Markus
    • 19/10/2020

    Gute Einführung

    In die Kingsbridge Reihe. Komplexe und interessante Geschichte mit gut ausgearbeiteten Charakteren. Man lernt viel über die Zeit.

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    • Judith12345
    • 03/10/2020

    A worthy 4th part of the pillars of the earth

    I really enjoyed this story. Ken Follett managed again to make the story interesting. The good ones were great, rightful and gifted and the bad ones evil and nasty. And even knowing this I fevered with Edward,Ragna and Allred all the time and nearly could stop. John Lee also did a great job giving a voice to the book with all its characters. The only bad thing with this book is, that it is definitely the last of the series.

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    • Lenolan
    • 01/10/2020

    same old, same old

    exactly, what you expect from a Kingsbridge novel. great researched historical background, love and despair.

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    • Kathrin Dörr
    • 10/01/2021

    vorhersehbar

    im Vergleich zu Follets übrigen Werken wenig originell, schwarz und weiss gezeichnete Charaktere und sehr vorhersehbar

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    • thetree
    • 26/12/2020

    Great story with a great narrator!

    Enjoyed it even more than the pillars of the earth. The narrator is superb too.

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    • S. Goessler
    • 23/12/2020

    Simply not a good storyline

    Follet is an excellent writer, the narrator does an excellent job but the story is just... bad. Characters are stereotypes. The good little monk against the bad mighty bishop. The good little craftsman against the bad mighty lord. The naive lady against her politicizing step-mother-in-law. It is just too black and white. Even the most horrible things are done to the "good lady" and she remains a naive, good lady who trusts and forgives freely. The bad characters have no trace of a doubt, neither of their course of action nor of them being "bad". Also the storyline is really uninspiring. The good ones get beaten down, beaten down, beaten down and the bad ones win. The only way the good ones get the upper hand is by disease or accident. Even the main confrontation between the good lady and the bad lord is based on an accident. I have listened to most of Follets books and some are outstanding. This one is not. By far not.