The Evening and the Morning

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Published Sept. 15, 2020 by Penguin Audio, Penguin Audiobooks.

ISBN:
978-0-593-28963-1
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4 stars (81 reviews)

9 editions

Review of 'Evening and the Morning' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

"The first casualty of a civil war was justice."

Well, I finally did it. I finally knocked this one off my to-read list at the expense of my yearly goal (I’m two books behind now!), and I feel good about finally working my way through it. This is a weird book for me to rate, because I’m not very religious and I can’t exactly say I enjoyed it all the way through, but I’m still putting book two on my to-read list for….sometime in the future. Maybe next year.

This is a book about a man with a dream to build a church. Things start small, then quickly snowball as these things do, creating a real mess of church problems and state problems along the way. The lines between the two were, basically, nonexistent back then. Lots of political infighting, jockeying for position within the church/country, stuff like that. Amongst …

Review of 'Evening and the Morning' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

If you like the rest of the series, you'll probably like this one, too. It's the same formula with the same pitfalls; character development is sacrificed somewhat for plot, and the latter part of the book seems to be "let's make the worst things possible happen to the protagonists without actually killing them." But the story is entertaining, and the depictions of life in the period are (hopefully) historically accurate.

Review of 'Evening and the Morning' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I read this book when I was about 16-17.
It gave me nothing. Didn't like the plot nor the characters. The story is repeating itself over and over again and the middle-age is full of shitty things, like religion and no rights for women and all the shitty religion once again. I can see me reading a book about this time for 100-200 pages. But Ken Follet decided to take the content for 200 pages and rolles it out to 1000. I don't understand why people like this book in particular. I never read another book by this author.

Review of 'The Evening and the Morning' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I was surprised at how fast I plowed through this book. So much drama and intrigue and history, I kept sneaking in chances to read wherever I could.

In a way, this felt like science fiction - the society and the culture was so strange and different from anything I understand that I could have read this for the world alone.

Well worth the 1000 pages of your time.

Review of 'Evening and the Morning' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I wanted to like this book a great deal more than I actually did. I picked it up last week after it was enthusiastically recommended to me by several co-workers, but I expected a lot more of it after hearing people gush over how wonderful it was.

It wasn't a terrible book by any means, but I found the characters to be shallow and underdeveloped, and (with a few exceptions) they were nearly indistinguishable from each other under the surface details. The prose was formulaic -- I noticed several specific phrases being reused throughout the book -- and anachronistic enough to be distracting. Perhaps it's just me, but if I'm reading a book set in the twelfth century, I would prefer a little more attention paid to structuring the language so that it feels more present in that timeperiod. The book felt very modern to me because of the way …

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