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A Place Called Freedom

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A great reminder of the value of freedom

Follett has written a very interesting study of freedom and non-freedom. He reminds us vividly that freedom is much more than the right to vote. By starting with Scottish coalminers who were enslaved to the mine owners if they worked a year and a day in the mines and ...
Follett has written a very interesting study of freedom and non-freedom. He reminds us vividly that freedom is much more than the right to vote. By starting with Scottish coalminers who were enslaved to the mine owners if they worked a year and a day in the mines and dramatically communicating the human costs of subservience and the brutalizing aspects of power over others he carries the reader into a variety of experiences far more interesting and thought provoking than the traditional revolutionary era novel. For anyone who would like to think about the nature and value of freedom and the importance of the rule of law, private property and basic human dignity this is an interesting novel that will hold your attention.

posted by Anonymous on May 15, 2000

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Sadly disappointing

I've been reading Ken Follett for as long as he's been writing; and until this book, I was NEVER disappointed. Reading for me, is the ultimate enjoyment - I don't just "read"; I go "into" the book. I can see what the author is writing about; feel what is happening. I...
I've been reading Ken Follett for as long as he's been writing; and until this book, I was NEVER disappointed. Reading for me, is the ultimate enjoyment - I don't just "read"; I go "into" the book. I can see what the author is writing about; feel what is happening. I love reading more than just about anything else. And, when I see a new Ken Follett book, I cannot not wait it to come out - I have re-read, almost all of his books, many times. He's an incredible writer. But, he did not write this book. He couldn't have! The initial plot lines were terrific - but they were empty! He just skimmed over the plots of this book, when he had this wonderful opportunity to really dig into what life was like during this time period, and for indentured servants. It just wasn't believable. Sadly, this is one book I will not recommend, nor will I take the time to re-read. There was no enjoyment here.

posted by MagiV on June 7, 2011

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Sadly disappointing

    I've been reading Ken Follett for as long as he's been writing; and until this book, I was NEVER disappointed. Reading for me, is the ultimate enjoyment - I don't just "read"; I go "into" the book. I can see what the author is writing about; feel what is happening. I love reading more than just about anything else. And, when I see a new Ken Follett book, I cannot not wait it to come out - I have re-read, almost all of his books, many times. He's an incredible writer. But, he did not write this book. He couldn't have! The initial plot lines were terrific - but they were empty! He just skimmed over the plots of this book, when he had this wonderful opportunity to really dig into what life was like during this time period, and for indentured servants. It just wasn't believable. Sadly, this is one book I will not recommend, nor will I take the time to re-read. There was no enjoyment here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    DON'T BUY!!!

    This book by one of my favorite authors (??) is extremely poorly written. Perhaps it was written by his son or daughter. It was very poorly researched. You cannot change a covered wagon into a plow as he suggests not matter what magic you command. Save your money and buy his other good books!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Absolute drivel

    I can't believe that Ken Follet, author of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End wrote this book. It is by far the worst book I have read in ages and I read about 3 books a month. Eighty percent of the book consisted of the most idiotic dialog, in modern day American English, instead of eighteenth century Scottish. I think I wrote a story when I was seven that was better than this. Evidently, Mr. Follet did absolutely no research of the time and place because there was so little description expressed. The characters were hollow shells, I knew basically nothing about them and therefore couldn't care less about any of them. The story was so predictable that I knew in the first thirty pages how it was going to end. I just can't get over the fact that Ken Follet is the author of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    I found the historical backdrop interesting, but I like another reviewer found the actual story to be cheaply done. It was over sexed in my opinion if you know what I mean.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Hunter

    I'm a human. The only reason I did that is because SHE RAN AWAY!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Not Up to Par

    The absolute least favorite of any Follett book I've read. I agree with other reviewers who say this is nothing more than a nice romance novel. And this book has SO many typos! I started counting on page 100 and counted 23. Who proofed this book? I almost stopped reading at page 100, but, as I'd paid for it, it was decent enough to finish. Trust the negative reviews and skip it. ( First book I felt strongly enough about to review.)

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