Ken Follet

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by Ken Follett
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Ken Follett uses his gift for storytelling to present a detailed account of the thriller's place in history and literature. Follett is the author of more than a dozen best-selling novels, including Eye of the Needle, The Pillars of the Earth, and Whiteout. He is also president of the Dyslexia Institute, a member of the National Literacy Trust, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Among the most eponymous authors of the thriller genre, Ken Follett started off humbly enough: He began writing, he says, so he could raise money to fix his car. A steward of suspense since his 1978 breakthrough, Eye of the Needle, Follett here offers a clinical dissection of the thriller genre. A successful thriller, notes Follett, produces fear and anxiety - emotions that demand resolution, and thereby maintain audiences' interest. The best-selling author explores the history of the genre, pointing to Erskine Childers' little-known 1903 work, The Riddle of the Sands, as the progenitor of the modern suspense story. Follett traces women's shifting role in suspense fiction, examining how a genre originally geared toward men has evolved to include female heroes and villains, authors and audiences.

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Entertaining lectures - can't hear the questions

Ken Follet gives an entertaining history of the thriller, full of sage and funny comments.

Unfortunately, we can't see his slides or hear the questions at the end. I don't know what the producers could have done with that.

However, for fans of thrillers or Ken Follet or both, it's worth listening!
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- Casto

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2005
  • Publisher: 92nd Street Y