Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Date: September 2020

Duration: 24 hours 19 minutes


#1 New York Times Bestseller
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.


  • donald carson

    Ken Follett at his best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great book as all Ken Follet’s books are. hope there’s a sequel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Keith K.

    Another great novel by Ken Follett!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Gut wrenching until the end, as usual!

  • Enie F.

    A great read. Lots of interesting “politics”. Didn’t want it to end!

  • Scott E.

    A slow story line, not as much interaction with Vikings as i was expecting for this time period.

  • Anonymous

    Dark and raw with relentless villains but the bright and resilient protagonists endure, loved it!

  • Steve C.

    A well made tale. Adult sensuality and violence in twined with romance and glory at the dawn of the Anglo Norman culture collision.

  • CARLY T.

    Another great Ken Follett book. I was hoping the end would be a little less predictable, but I'll still listen to it at least 3 times.

  • Deborah K.

    Love the Kingsbridge series. Transported back in time to 997. Hope he writes another one!

  • Berva Lorraine H.

    I love Ken Follett’s books. So rich in history. I learned a lot.

  • Karen A

    Wonderful, riveting!

  • Anonymous

    Really like Ken Follet

  • Edwina M.

    The book was entertaining but certainly not one of Follett's best. When I had put it down, I needed to remind myself to get back to it.

  • Jay C.

    Great Book-John Lee is the Best -Nothing like a Ken Follett novel

  • Jessica G.

    Another great book by Ken Follett. I couldn't stop listening. A combination of history, love story, hate, revenge, love, lust, it has it all. If you like Ken Follett, your will love this book.

  • Katherine S.

    I am ABSOLUTELY in love with this series of books. I can't gobble them up quick enough. A friend of mine suggested Pillars to me a few weeks ago and I became hooked. I was going to move on to the second book, but then I saw that the prequel was available for purchase, so, I purchased it first. Ken Follet and his master storytelling will be my new bestie for a minute...as I plan on consuming book after book, lol. Hopefully my husband won't get too jealous, lolol. I HIGHLY suggest this book!!!

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