Really good book once you familiarize yourself enough with the characters, except once you do, it moves on to another generation...
This author rambles on and on about fictional and non-fictional historical detail. Occasionally something happens involing a couple of the many introduced characters and it is quickly described and over before you know it. Then it's farther in the future without conflict resolution for all of the main characters of the last adventure. Then it's back to rambling. If you loved history texts in school this monotony will be right up your alley.
Let me start this by saying that I have loved Rutherfurd's other books - but this is the first that I have listened to rather than read. An abridged audio version does not do him justice. It loses a lot of the rich historical detail and does not allow you enjoy the families as it follows their lives down through the centuries. I would recommend the book rather than the audio unless it is an unabridged version.
"Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, England, and educated at Cambridge University. His first novel, Sarum, was an instant international bestseller. His subsequent novels -- Russka and London -- were also highly acclaimed bestsellers here and abroad."